Ghent University, in Belgium, Embraces New Approach to Faculty Evaluation Less Focused on Quantitative Metrics
Saying it wants to "again become a place where talent feels valued and nurtured," Ghent University overhauls its system for faculty evaluation to de-emphasize quantitative metrics and annual progress reports. Professors will be asked about their goals and what they are proud of.
Federal Shutdown Includes Agencies That Are Key Supporters of University Research
Grant checks from NSF and other funders won't go out. Meetings on grant applications won't take place. Impact will grow with length of standoff. Trump threat on border with Mexico alarms some Texas campuses.
University of California Challenges Elsevier over Access to Scholarly Research
University of California System is playing hardball with Elsevier in negotiations that could transform the way it pays to read and publish research. But does the UC system have the clout to pull it off?
The Challenges of Creating World-Class Universities in China
The obsession with internationalization had resulted in priority being given to overseas scholars and graduates and has diminished graduates of many top domestic universities to second or third-class status.
Study Shows How Italy Faces Brain Drain That Defies Expectations
A brain drain of emigrating researchers might not be as bad as it sounds for Italy, according to an analysis that found that the worst-performing - as well as the best - researchers were leaving the country.
An instructor at the University of Washington set off a major debate there and elsewhere over his recent essay in which he says that the low proportion of women in computer science is at this point largely a result of women's choices and is unlikely to change. University officials immediately disputed his claims.
GetTheResearch.org: A New Tool for Open-Access Research
A new search engine that aims to connect nonacademics with open-access research will be launched this fall. Get the Research will connect the public with 20 million open-access scholarly articles. The site will be built by Impactstory in conjunction with the Internet Archive and the British Library.