Notes in the Margins: Nonresidents, computerized grading, and the peril of MOOCs

Out-Of-State College Enrollment Crowds Out Poor And Minority Students The increase in the percentage of non-resident students enrolling at state flagship universities has “a significantly negative relationship” with the number of students from low-income and “underrepresented racial groups” enrolled, according to a recent report. (The Huffington Post)

Contest the enclosure and commodification of the university Higher education is finding itself increasingly defined by modes of competition, marketisation and privatisation. Academics may need to consider whether a more activist, public and social role is necessary in the face of the restructuring of universities as competing capitals. (LSE / Impact of Social Sciences)

San Jose State Philosophy Dept. Criticizes Online Courses The philosophy department said the push to use the courses would compromise education quality, stifle diverse viewpoints and lead to the dismantling of public universities. (The New York Times)

Educationalists must do better Education academics must demonstrate their practical relevance if they wish to save their discipline. (Times Higher Education)

Grading writing: The art and science — and why computers can’t do it A new debate about whether computers can really edit essay tests is really about how writing can best be graded. Here to delve into that issue is Doug Hesse, professor and executive director of writing at The University of Denver. (The Washington Post)