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A new type of university is emerging to meet the challenges of today
A new type of university is emerging, one that steps beyond the American research university model and is nimble and responsive, takes responsibility for what happens outside its walls and can scale up to meet the demands and challenges of modern society. Arizona State University President Michael Crow says they are part of the ''fifth wave'' of universities. (2021-02-09)

Sport participation levels lower in students from lower socio-economic groups
Students from lower socio-economic groups (SEG) are less likely to participate in sport or physical activity at university, research from Sheffield Hallam University has found. (2021-02-01)

Embedded counseling services can improve accessibility for students, MU study finds
Kerry Karaffa is the first MU Counseling Center psychologist to be embedded specifically within the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, where he provides tailored counseling services for professional students training to become veterinarians. (2021-01-21)

Project 5-100 universities see a dramatic increase in publications in leading journals
A team of HSE researchers have analyzed the research activity of universities participating in Russia's Academic Excellence Project 5-100. Overall, the quality of publications of these universities has improved. Collectively, participating universities have tripled their number of publications in reputable journals in the past three years, and researchers have begun to collaborate with each other more frequently. The study was published in the Journal of Informetrics. (2020-12-04)

Study: Texas program successful in increasing private donations to public universities
A new study suggests that the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) has succeeded in boosting the amount of private donations to public universities, indicating that policymakers can effectively leverage public investment to spur private donations. (2020-11-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic: How US universities responded
A new George Mason University study found that the majority of university announcements occurred on the same day as the World Health Organization's pandemic declaration. Timing of announcements on moving courses online, discouraging campus housing, canceling travel, closing campus, and remote working was studied. (2020-11-12)

Research network aims to improve learning outcomes for students underrepresented in STEM
A recent report lays out gaps in the biology education field and proposes leveraging an existing research coordination network called Equity and Diversity in Undergraduate STEM (EDU-STEM) to tackle them. (2020-10-19)

UK's Modern Slavery Act challenging for universities -- new study
The UK's universities are struggling to live up to the spirit and ambition of the Modern Slavery Act, hampered by poor oversight of their supply chains, a lack of skills and resource in supply chain management, a focus on reducing costs, and lacklustre engagement from many in senior management, a new study from the University of Bath shows. (2020-07-21)

Exotic properties of helium-methane compounds inside giant planets
Both helium and methane are major components of icy giant planets, however, whether they can react with each other is still an open question. Recently, scientists based in China and UK investigated this question using large-scale quantum simulations. They found an unexpected phase, stable at high temperature and pressure, which combines diffusive helium and plastic methane. Their discovery is helpful in understanding giant icy planets and the chemistry of helium in general. (2020-05-25)

Asian universities close gap on US schools in world rankings by increasing STEM funding
China and South Korea are surging in the international brain race for world-class universities, as schools in the East Asian nations are replacing institutions in the United States in international college rankings. The rise is fueled by increased government funding and a focus on STEM. (2020-04-14)

Online education platforms could scale high-quality STEM education for universities
Online and blended (online and in-person) STEM instruction can produce the same learning outcomes for students as traditional, in-person classes at a fraction of the cost, finds research published today in Science Advances. (2020-04-08)

National online education platforms could make STEM degrees more affordable, Russia-based study shows
An online education model in Russia in which national platforms license STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses from top universities to institutions with instructor shortages could significantly lower instruction costs, allowing resource-constrained universities to enroll more STEM students, according to a new study. (2020-04-08)

An experimental study demonstrates the effectiveness of online learning
High-quality online courses are no less effective than traditional classes when it comes to student learning outcomes. Online courses provide an opportunity to expand access to high-quality education without increasing costs: the number of students that universities will be able to enroll increases by 15-18%. The results of a study carried out jointly by HSE University researchers and US researchers have been published in Science Advances. (2020-04-08)

STEM students learn as well online as in classrooms
Students learned just as much in online STEM college courses as they did in traditional classroom settings, and at a fraction of the cost, according to a first-of-its-kind study. (2020-04-08)

After affirmative action bans, underrepresented student enrollment lags demographic trends
In states that have banned affirmative action, the share of underrepresented minorities among students admitted to and enrolling in public universities has steadily lost ground relative to changing demographic trends among those states' high school graduates, according to new research. The study, by Mark Long at the University of Washington and Nicole Bateman at the Brookings Institution, was published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. (2020-04-07)

Choice of anesthesia may affect breast cancer metastases
A new study led by Stony Brook University Cancer Center researchers to be published in Nature Communications suggests that the choice of anesthesia may change the metastatic process of breast cancer by affecting the cytokine and microenvironment. (2020-01-31)

Investigation: Problems in clinical trial reporting continue amid lax federal enforcement
Companies, universities, and other institutions that conduct clinical trials are required to record the results of most of them in a federal database, so that doctors and patients can see whether new treatments are safe and effective. (2020-01-13)

Study: Early intervention of hyperkalemia cuts mortality in half
In a new study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Adam Singer, MD, et al reported that quickly correcting high potassium levels, a condition known as hyperkalemia, in emergency department patients cut mortality in that population by half. (2020-01-08)

Affirmative action policies increased minority enrollment at Brazilian universities
Affirmative action policies (AAP) such as quota systems based on racial or socio-economic criteria are often recommended as a way to increase enrollment of underrepresented students in higher education. But those policies can be controversial and their results are sometimes questioned. A new study from the University of Illinois looks at comprehensive data from Brazilian universities to understand the effect of AAPs on minority enrollments. (2020-01-08)

Young universities in Asia are strongly represented in rankings for high-quality research output
The first Nature Index Young universities tables and supplement, which rank universities aged 50 and under have just been published. The tables reveal that young universities in China, South Korea and Singapore are performing particularly well in terms of producing high-quality research. (2019-10-23)

Focus on employability boosts universities' success in the Teaching Excellence Framework
Universities' Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) grades -- designed to help students choose where to study -- are being boosted for the institutions that highlight employability post-university and student outcomes in their TEF submission reports, according to a new study published in Educational Review. (2019-10-08)

Tyumen historians spoke about the evolution of Russian universities
The 1st Conference of the International Academy of the History of Science took place in Athens, Greece on Sept. 12-15, 2019. Scientists from all over the world gathered in the National Hellenic Research Foundation to discuss different aspects of the history of science and technology. (2019-10-02)

Could α-Klotho be a potential biomarker of stress?
Researchers at Osaka University elucidated an interesting association between psychological stress and serum levels of α-Klotho (αKl). (2019-07-24)

Gender pay gap shrinking for some female university presidents
While serious economic and societal issues continue to swirl around the gender pay gap, new research published in the INFORMS journal Organization Science shows one area where this inequality is starting to disappear -- higher education. Researchers have found that the gender pay gap disappears at more prestigious universities. (2019-06-17)

A gut feeling: Microbiome changes may mean early detection of colorectal cancer
Most sporadic colorectal cancers can develop over decades. Recent studies showed that the gut microbiome has possible diagnostic potential for health and disease. Researchers from Osaka University assessed fecal samples from patients who underwent colonoscopy to study the relationship between gut microbiota and colorectal cancer. They found specific markers that could discriminate cases of colorectal cancer from healthy samples. This posits that colorectal cancer is not only a genetic, but also a microbial disease. (2019-06-12)

Study: Underrepresented faculty play an uneven role in advancing diversity and inclusion
A team of researchers at Colorado State surveyed faculty members from ecology and evolutionary biology programs at universities across the United States and found that while most respondents reported engaging in diversity and inclusion activities, those who participated in these activities at the highest levels were more likely to identify themselves as non-white, non-male or the first generation in their family to attend college. (2019-06-03)

Study finds nonprofit partnerships can help solve bureaucratic tangles
Many nonprofit organizations steer clear of large, public-serving agencies due to concerns about becoming entangled in bureaucratic red tape. But new research suggests that some nonprofits may be able to better serve their constituents by partnering with public institutions in order to navigate the bureaucracy and access services more efficiently. (2019-03-07)

Voluntary control of brainwaves in deep brain of patients with Parkinson's disease
A study group at Osaka University developed a neurofeedback system which enables patients with Parkinson's disease to voluntarily control beta waves in their deep brain associated with symptoms of the disorder. They demonstrated that patients can voluntary control beta waves. (2019-02-06)

New university ranking system includes the cultural perspective
A new study proposes a new way of ranking universities, using a more balanced cultural view and based on 24 international editions of Wikipedia. (2019-01-28)

Does where students grow up influence where they go to college?
A new Population, Space and Place study explores how the ethnic composition of where students grow up is linked to where they attend university. (2018-12-05)

LGB students at higher risk of self-harm
University students who are Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) are at higher risk of self-harm and attempting suicide than their heterosexual counterparts say researchers. The study also shows that low self-esteem may explain the increased risk of self-harm in LGB students. Low self-esteem may result in LGB students who have faced discrimination or have struggled to accept or share their sexuality with others (2018-11-26)

Magic trick makes shadows vanish: Projection mapping technique developed to reduce shadow
By projecting images onto a surface from a wide range of directions, a group of researchers led by Kosuke Sato at Osaka University developed a projection system in which few shadows are cast on the projection surface even when the surface is occluded by an object. (2018-11-21)

How ideas go viral in academia
How ideas move through academia may depend on where those ideas come from as much as their quality, a new study suggests. (2018-11-06)

Universities begin redesigning principal preparation programs
One year into a four-year $49 million initiative to improve training for aspiring school principals, a new RAND Corporation report found that seven universities are beginning to change their principal preparation programs to better reflect the real-world demands of the job. (2018-10-30)

Stringent password policies help prevent fraud, study finds
An Indiana University study finds stringent password rules that encourage longer and more complicated passwords significantly lower the risk of personal data breaches, especially among employees at large organizations that handle sensitive data, like universities. (2018-10-11)

Clinical trial investigators violate EU regulations: Entries in EU Register are incomplete
Compliance of pharma companies is relatively good, but very poor for university research groups. Research funders should make allocation of further funding dependent on data transparency. (2018-09-24)

'I have a sense that it's probably quite bad ... but because I don't see it, I don't know'
Lad culture in English universities is often perceived by university staff as involving 'extreme' behaviour and as being carried out by only a handful of 'bad apples' rather than as a widespread culture that fosters gender-based harassment and violence. But new research, led by Lancaster University, says this perception stems from various factors, including many staff having limited understandings of lad culture which reflect the way it is portrayed in the media. (2018-09-13)

Trump supporters on campuses more likely to show prejudice toward international students
A new study by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that stereotypes alone do not lead to that prejudice against international students. The prejudice is multifaceted, but there are factors leading to prejudice that universities can influence. Results suggest aside from stereotypes, other factors, including support for President Donald Trump, predicted prejudice against international students from the domestic student population. (2018-08-29)

Female basketball players face disproportionate racial bias: New study
New research has uncovered a recurring pattern of referee bias in women's college basketball. (2018-08-24)

Video-based ethics program increases moral awareness, study finds
Ethics Unwrapped, a video-based behavioral ethics curriculum created at The University of Texas at Austin and adopted by educational institutions around the world, effectively increases student understanding of ethics and human behavior, according to a study published today in the Journal of Business Law and Ethics Pedagogy. The study was based on a two-year survey of approximately 8,600 UT undergraduates. (2018-08-13)

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