Tuesday, March 24, 2015

KU to offer degree completion online

A bachelor’s degree from the state’s flagship university will be within reach for more students with the launch of new online education opportunities at the University of Kansas.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Online will house the university’s first all-digital bachelor’s degree completion program in the liberal arts and sciences. Degree-seeking students can combine previous undergraduate credit or an associate’s degree with online KU courses to complete a bachelor’s degree. The program features courses from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which will provide students a well-rounded and flexible education that can be applied in nearly any profession or post-baccalaureate study. “This program eliminates distance and busy schedules as barriers to earning a bachelor’s degree from a top international research institution,” said Don Steeples, interim dean of the College. “Our mission in the College is to learn without boundaries, which drives us to create programs that encourage students to not limit themselves in where, how or when they learn.” The degree completion program will mirror an on-campus degree in all regards except the online delivery format. Students will fulfill the same general education requirements of the KU Core and will take rigorous and diverse courses taught by full-time faculty in the College.
“Challenge, support and community are the pillars of the online degree completion program,” said Paul Atchley, associate dean for online and professional education in the College. “Unlike many schools, where online education is about making money, the College’s online programming is about KU's mission to help students reach their potential and fulfill their ambitions.” A liberal arts and sciences education has been consistently identified by employers as ideal training for prospective employees. A survey released early this year found that more than three out of every four employers see an education in the liberal arts and sciences as one of the most valuable preparations for employment. The report by the American Association of Colleges and Universities polled 400 employers nationwide. Courses offered through The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Online will cover a broad range of disciplines such as communication, statistics, global studies and social sciences. Most courses are taught in eight-week “minimesters.” The bachelor’s degree completion program is currently accepting applications for summer 2015 and fall 2015. More information is available at The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Online website. The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit, made up of more than 50 departments, programs and centers.The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. The university's mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The KU News Service is the central public relations office for the Lawrence campus.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

Ted Talk / June 2006
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this." A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, will be published by Viking in May 2013. (from TED)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Book on police stops receives accolades

Three University of Kansas professors will receive a top book award in the field of public administration for their collaborative research on race and investigatory police stops as well as the ramifications of these institutionalized policies. The research pertains to police practices and race relations, which have become major social issues in the last year after the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. Both incidents led to nationwide protests and calls for reforming how police departments interact with minorities. The American Society for Public Administration has honored professors Charles Epp, School of Public Affairs & Administration; Steven Maynard-Moody, School of Public Affairs & Administration and director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research, and Don Haider-Markel, chair of the Department of Political Science, for "Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship," with the 2015 Best Book Award from the Section on Public Administration Research. The award will be formally announced at the ASPA conference Saturday, March 7, in Chicago. [More] Story from KU Today, March 3, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Graduate school rankings released

The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings confirms that for breadth and quality of graduate programs, KU is unmatched in the state.Forty-four KU graduate programs appear in the “Best Graduate Schools” rankings, more than all other Kansas universities and colleges combined. Ten KU programs appear in the top 10 among public universities nationally, and 38 are in the top 50. “We want scholars from around not just the nation, but the world, to come to Kansas because they want to be a part of our teaching and research, either as faculty members or as graduate students,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “Our graduate programs educate leaders who will go on to make contributions in essentially all disciplines, in both the private sector and academia, and those contributions directly benefit the people of Kansas and our society. This breadth and depth of excellence is just one example of what a flagship research university can bring to the state it serves,” she said. The schools of Engineering and Law both saw their rankings rise for the third consecutive year. KU’s special education program held its top spot among public university programs, while the largest gains for an individual program were for the part-time MBA program, which rose 10 places to be tied for 39th among public university programs. City management and urban policy maintained its top overall ranking, as public affairs-related disciplines were not re-ranked this year. [MoreFrom KU Today Campus Newsletter

Monday, March 09, 2015

International Student Mobility Trends 2015

International Student Mobility Trends 2015: An Economic Perspective
International students contributed almost $27 billion dollars to the U.S. economy in 2014, which corresponds to a 12 percent increase versus 2013 ($24 billion). The growth has been driven largely by students from upper-middle-income economies and countries with large national scholarship programs, which marks a significant shift from before the 2008 financial crisis. By 2017, the global middle class is projected to increase its spending on educational products and services by nearly 50 percent, from $4.4 trillion in 2012 to $6.2 trillion. Pull factors in student-receiving countries such as higher quality of education, better living conditions and stronger labor market demand have driven the expansion of international student mobility since the 2008 financial crisis[i], and today growth in outbound student mobility from upper-middle-income countries such as China, Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey is outpacing growth from both low- and high-income countries. Acknowledging the potential benefits international students can bring on board, we found that Canada, Australia and the U.K. are prompt in understanding the big-picture impact of international students. In the U.S. context, except for NAFSA’s annual economic impact report, voices on the benefits of international students to the national economy and institutional welfare are yet to be heard. The purpose of this article is to reflect on the economic impact these new mobility trends and drivers are having on host countries at the national, local, and institutional levels. We first compare enrollments of international students in the top four English-speaking host countries (the U.S., UK, Australia, and Canada), before looking in more depth at the economic contribution of international students to the U.S. economy and select U.S. universities. We conclude with a look at the implications of the economics of student mobility for international enrollment management at U.S. institutions of higher education. [More]

Monday, March 02, 2015

Kansas ranks No. 1 in community college students going on to four-year degrees

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article11888459.html#emlnl=Your_Morning_News#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Project explores black writers with Kansas connections

Project explores black writers with Kansas connections 

LAWRENCE — Just as Langston Hughes talked of his childhood in Lawrence influencing his artistic life, poet Kevin Young can claim a similar geographic lens through which his contemporary poetry flows.
Young, though born three years after Hughes' death in 1967, grew up 30 miles to the west of Lawrence in Topeka.
"He's probably the logical successor to Hughes in terms of perspective because Hughes always said that the Midwest and that Lawrence gave him this view to the world," said Maryemma Graham, a University of Kansas distinguished professor of English and founder and director of KU's Project on the History of Black Writing.
As part of Black History Month, HBW, in conjunction with KU Libraries, will host the Black Literary Suite: Black Writers with a Kansas Connection. A public program from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Watson Library will include a poster display and self-guided audio tour about the writers. The posters will remain on display through March.
Graham said, like past HBW literary suites, much of the research focused on identifying both well-known and not-so-well known authors with Kansas ties, plus new information about authors and ties to Kansas that aren't widely acknowledged.
"We're constantly pushing that tension between the known and the unknown as part of that work," she said.  (MoreKU Today Campus Newsletter Feb. 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

50 Google Search Tips & Tricks

Google supports a ton of cool tricks that you can use in order to be better at searching for something and quickly find what you’re looking for. Using things like boolean terms and even some symbols can help you perform better searches on Google, and by the time you get done going through this list, you’ll be a Google Search master (or a reasonable facsimile thereof).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

World Report 2015 / Human Rights Watch's 25th Annual Review

https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/wr2015_web.pdfWorld Report 2015 is Human Rights Watch’s 25th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. In his keynote, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth reflects on a year so tumultuous, “it can seem as if the world is unraveling.” Surveying several of the year’s most daunting security challenges—including the rise of the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS), China’s crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang, and Mexico’s abuse-riddled war on drugs—Roth stresses the important role that human rights violations played in fomenting and aggravating those crises. The report reflects extensive  investigative work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2014, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question. It also reflects the work of our advocacy team, which monitors policy developments and strives to persuade governments and international institutions to curb abuses and promote human rights.”  Notice from Sabrina I. Pacifici

Thursday, February 05, 2015

How spending varies in school districts

States that use countywide school districts save money on administrative costs, but their counterparts that use local community-centered districts tend to spend more on classroom instruction, a new study by a University of Kansas professor shows. The study extends an earlier article describing Michigan schools that consolidated noninstructional services to the county level and examines the potential scale economies gained in countywide districts to increase efficiencies using a national data set.
Thomas DeLuca, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies, conducted a study in which he analyzed National Center for Education Statistics and Common Core of Data from all 50 states to compare spending for states that use a countywide model, such as Florida and Maryland, and those that have multiple local districts per county, such as Kansas, New York, Michigan and others.
“What I wanted to see was, ‘Do they spend less per pupil on general administrative costs in countywide states?,'" DeLuca said. “And if so, do they allocate those dollars to instruction? It turns out they do tend to save money, but the idea of those savings being transferred to instruction is not the case.”     [ http://bit.ly/16vwLfF ] KU Campus Newsletter

Monday, February 02, 2015

Business school launches nurse manager training

Nurse managers at The University of Kansas Hospital are in the classroom this semester for a new executive education program taught by the School of Business. Business Concepts in Healthcare is a nine-week training program designed to help directors and nurse managers within the hospital better understand their business administration responsibilities.
“The University of Kansas  Hospital is such an institution in this area and this region,” said Kelly Welch, School of Business Teaching Fellow and instructor in the new program.
“Our expertise in the School of Business is about how to manage, how to finance, how to operate an organization,” Welch said, “and these nurse managers in the program are extraordinarily well-trained in their practices and their fields.”
The program helps new managers understand business operations and financing arrangements for the hospital, he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us, and I hope for the nurse managers, too,” Welch said. Program topics include understanding financial statements, managing human capital, examining fraud and strategic leadership.  Each half-day session is taught by business school faculty. “To realize our vision to lead the nation in caring, healing, teaching and learning, we know how important it is to continue learning as well as improving all we do,” said Tammy Peterman, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of The University of Kansas Hospital. “We look forward to working with The School of Business to further develop the business acumen of our healthcare leaders.”
For more information on this program or other executive education offerings at the School of Business, contact David Byrd-Stadler at 785-864-8047 or via email.  

LAWRENCE — KU Today Campus Newsletter

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 Poverty Guidelines

U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain Federal Programs

Persons in family/household Poverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person.

Persons in family/householdPoverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,200 for each additional person.

Persons in family/householdPoverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,780 for each additional person.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intellectual property standards in science

The development of a new “open language,” or standard means for communicating data and results between researchers, to guide collaboration in the cutting-edge science of synthetic biology shows valuable potential. But it must take intellectual property issues into account at the outset to avoid legal problems that can be destructive to the process of standards setting, a KU law professor argues. The Synthetic Biology Open Language is a set of technical standards intended to serve as a common language to allow diverse research groups to collaborate in the field of synthetic biology without need for technical translation. The language would be part of standards “accelerating scientific progress in synthetic biology and for the eventual commercialization of resulting technologies,” Torrance and co-authors wrote. However, patent and other intellectual property issues highly relevant to the adoption of SBOL were not mentioned and should be considered. 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Social Media Update 2014

In a new survey conducted in September 2014, the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. While its growth  has slowed, the level of user engagement with the platform has increased. Other platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn saw significant increases over the past year in the proportion of online adults who now use their sites. The  results in this report are based on the 81% of American adults who use the internet. More Information