Profs' e-books, college recruiters, rankings and hiring

From where I sit – Free to succeed What is the recipe for making a world-class university? For such a complex endeavour, there is no simple or sure formula for success, but there are certain principles that I believe are of vital importance for ETH Zürich – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. (timeshighereducation.co.uk)

Report Finds Lax Enforcement of Ban on Incentive Pay for Recruiters The Education Department has only limited methods of detecting violations and is inconsistent in applying penalties, the GAO report concludes. (chronicle.com)

As Textbooks Go Digital, Will Professors Build Their Own Books? As e-textbooks gain popularity, publishers are betting that “build-a-book,” as it is sometimes called, will take off. (chronicle.com)

Area two-year college enrollments fall, Bemidji State rises in latest count. | Grand Forks Herald Despite a statewide enrollment record, Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, Northwest Tech in Bemidji see enrollment declines from 2009. (grandforksherald.com)

Rank Hiring In what may be a new (and is certainly an unintended) use of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Christopher Newport University is using them, in part, to hire faculty members. (Inside Higher Ed)

For-profit colleges slam state schools Stung by a barrage of recent criticism, the nation’s for-profit colleges and universities are crying foul — and going on the attack. The target of this PR counteroffensive isn’t only Washington, but also community colleges. One school has filed a lawsuit against one community college for its “destructive media campaign.” Another released a self-funded report that faulted community colleges for poor graduation rates and other academic failings. (Miami Herald)

Questions still linger on “Troubled Waters” Along with the real issues and fallout that need to be addressed—such as the serious threat to academic freedom; the conflict of interest with Karen Himle, whose husband represents the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council; and just how big of a role outside influences like major agribusiness have at the U—there remains some immediate questions that need to be answered about the internal structures and PR catastrophe that has played out since the film was first pulled. (tinyyurt.com)

How to Help Students Complete a Degree on Time Speakers at a recent conference discussed policies and practices that states and colleges are using or considering to help more students complete an undergraduate degree or credential in a timely way. (chronicle.com)