An Obama administration goal to double the number of Americans studying in China by 2014 got a high-profile endorsement on Wednesday from Michelle Obama, who called such student exchanges "a key component of this administration's foreign-policy agenda" in a speech at Howard University. International educators' excitement at this national spotlight on study abroad, however, is tempered by serious concerns about the achievability of such an ambitious target.
Foundations and universities have spent a fortune producing freely available online course materials. This week a new book, Unlocking the Gates (Princeton University Press), takes stock of that movement by focusing on some of its most high-profile players and their online successes and failures. The author, Taylor Walsh, is a research analyst with Ithaka S+R, the research division of the nonprofit Ithaka consulting group, which supported the project together with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Chronicle asked Ms.
If part-time faculty members assembled the equivalent course duties of a full-time job at a Pennsylvania community college, they still would earn only about $25,000 a year -- below state levels at which a family of four would be eligible for public assistance. That is one of the conclusions of a report being issued today by the Keystone Research Center, a think tank in Pennsylvania that studies issues of interest to education and labor groups, among others.
With classes resuming on Wednesday, January 12, Penn welcomes its students back to campus this week following the winter break.
PHILADELPHIA — “Post-Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art” opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on Jan. 22.
Featuring 30 prints, drawings, photographs and paintings, this traveling exhibition organized by the Smith College Museum of Art offers a glimpse into the post-Cultural Revolution era in China, following Mao Zedong’s death. It was the time when Chinese artists began to shrug off the restrictions established under Maoist Communism (1949-1979) and reclaim their individuality.