2017年7月25日 星期二

At a Moment of Success, U.S.C. Is Rocked by Scanda. l‘Eye-watering’ salary rises for university chiefs cannot be justified, says report;談全美最高薪水的大學校長和捐款目標、校長的紅利:RPI/YALE/USC

美國耶魯大學給予前校長李文一筆850萬美元(約新台幣26000萬元)酬職金,這筆特別獎金也讓外界不得不羨慕美國高等學府主管令人咋舌的高待遇。
根據聯邦報稅資料,耶魯指稱,這是一筆「額外退休福利」。李文(Richard C. Levin)於2013年離開耶魯大學。
現年68歲的李文,出身經濟學家,擔任這所常春藤盟校校長將近20年,是耶魯有史以來任期最長的校長。期間掌管校方建設、募款運用、學校擴充等大筆預算開支。在他任內,耶魯收到的捐贈及財產從32億美元大幅成長到194億美元。
「華爾街日報」報導,李文離開耶魯大學後,去年3月起擔任Coursera線上教學公司執行長一職。根據稅務資料,李文2013年在耶魯的年薪為115萬美元(約新台幣3560萬元),之前1年是138萬美元(約新台幣4270萬元)
根據「高等教育紀事報」(Chronicle of Higher Education)報導,以2012年稅務資料而言,李文是全美36所私立大學校長中,年薪超過7位數者之一。
薪資待遇排名第1的是紐約州特洛伊市的倫斯勒理工學院(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/RPI 女校長傑克遜(Shirley Ann Jackson)。李文排在第10,但若以底薪而言,排在第3
專家認為,最近以來,大學校長薪資漲幅速度遠快過通貨膨脹,甚至比一般大學教職員薪水都漲得快。
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我昨天讀此新聞時,也想起一位在RPI執教的朋友:為什麼校長薪水全美最高,教員卻有點苦哈哈:他們爭取到的科研經費以億元台幣當單位....
今天讀了這則



陳信行 不過新聞裡全美薪資最高的那位校長,剛好是我母校RPI的那位,帶來的麻煩可大了。這家1823年創校的全美第一家工學院,在她十幾年來的經營下,負債已經超過校產淨值,理論上破產了。董事會的反應:裁掉各系所秘書職位,然後再繼續幫校長加薪,再蓋一棟豪華校長公館!用

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At a Moment of Success, U.S.C. Is Rocked by Scandal

The University of Southern California lured Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito to help transform its image. But now the school is under scrutiny over his exit: Did it turn a blind eye to allegations of drug abuse?







USC的學生宿舍設備看似平常的村落,其實是高科技.....



南加大就是因為董事會和校長還有校內各一級主管的共同努力, 設定美金60億元的募款目標並且具體的分為三等份用於學術研究和儀器設備以及學生的獎學金. 才會獲得校友的認同在四年內就募得40億元. 而目前具體的計畫就是耗費美金6.5億元新建9棟學生宿舍和生活村,不僅提供2017年秋天入學的2700位新生住宿, 這也會改善洛杉磯南區的經濟和整個都市的樣貌。 我們也可以有這樣的雄心壯志嗎?


Massive residential-retail development is coming to life at the former University Village site.


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‘Eye-watering’ salary rises for university chiefs cannot be justified, says report

Academic heads see 59% pay increase while lecturers decry secrecy at the top


Neil Gorman former vice-chancellor Nottingham Trent University
 Neil Gorman, former vice-chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, got a £623,000 package in 2013-14. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian


A pay increase for university vice-chancellors of nearly 60% in the last two decades cannot be justified by their performance in the job, research suggests.
University heads have seen their salaries soar during recent years to an average of £260,000, with some receiving packages worth more than £400,000 a year. The salary levels have been criticised by lecturers’ unions, the Commons public accounts committee and business secretary Vince Cable. Now a study by Brighton University, which looked at the remuneration between 1998 and 2009 of 193 vice-chancellors leading 95 UK institutions, has uncovered a real-term pay increase of 59%. On average, vice-chancellors received pay awards that were four times those of lecturers and the differential has widened over time.

The research, by economist Ray Bachan, from Brighton Business School, also looked at the extent to which the pay awards of university leaders were related to university performance measures, to shed light on whether headline pay awards were justified. In particular, it analysed vice-chancellors’ success in increasing the number of students from comprehensive schools and low-participation districts, and their record in bringing in income such as grants for teaching and research and capital funding.

It found that, while some of the pay increase could be explained by improvements in these areas, a “significant proportion” of the rise in vice-chancellors’ pay bore no relation to performance.Bachan said: “ significant proportion of the sizeable annual increases are not easily explainable in terms of university performance, and this raises some concern.”

Vice-chancellors at pre-1992 or “old” universities received higher average pay increases of 66%, compared with 53% for the heads of former polytechnics or “new” universities and 43% for those in charge of art, music and drama colleges.
The research suggests that the presence of other high-paid staff in an institution pushes up vice-chancellors’ pay. University remuneration Remuneration committees, which set pay rates, may also seek to set the salary at a level commensurate with comparable institutions, said the study, which was published this month in the Fiscal Studies journal.
In 2013-14, the average vice-chancellor salary was £260,290, according to recent research published by the University and College Union (UCU). Eighteen leaders enjoyed a pay increase of more than 10% in that year, while the largest increase was 70%. On average, vice-chancellors were paid 6.4 times more than the mean staff salary. The report reveals that 20 institutions had more than 100 members of staff earning more than £100,000 a year. One vice-chancellor was paid more than £600,000 after receiving five years of bonuses at once, just before he retired.

Neil Gorman, the head of Nottingham Trent University, was given a package worth £623,000, including pension, salary and benefits in kind, for the academic year 2013-14. The next highest paid was Malcolm Gillies, of London Metropolitan University, who earned £453,000 and stepped down last year, and Andrew Hamilton, of the University of Oxford, with a total package of £442,000.




As vice-chancellors enjoyed a pay bonanza, lecturers had to threaten strike action to receive a proposed pay award for 2014-15 of 1%, increased to the 2% offer eventually accepted.

Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, said: “The huge variations in vice-chancellors’ pay rises highlight the lack of any rationale behind these eye-watering increases. Our recent report on vice-chancellors’ pay and expenses found there is still considerable determination to maintain secrecy around how pay at the top is decided. “The minutes of remuneration committee meetings show that they rarely gave clear and satisfactory explanations of the pay-determining process. The huge increases have been an embarrassment for the sector in these recent years of austerity and fee rises. The time has come for full disclosure of senior pay and perks in our universities, including the reasons behind vice-chancellors’ pay increases.”
Carl Lygo, the vice-chancellor of the private BPP University, has claimed that tuition fee income has been used to fund big pay increases. “Where has all the extra money gone?” he said. “I fear the answer may be that it has gone to boost pension funds, research and vice-chancellors’ pay.”
Universities UK, which represents executive heads of Britain’s institutions, declined to comment on the study.







2017年7月19日 星期三

Innova schools in Peru offer great education for cheap 【翻轉教育在秘魯】

Innova schools in Peru offer great education for cheap - Business Insider

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【翻轉教育在秘魯】
祕魯近十年來經濟崛起,但教育資源卻良莠不齊,公立學校在數量和品質上都不能滿足需求,而優質私立學校的學費又太貴。
於是秘魯知名金融集團創辦人決定創辦 Innova ,一所讓中產階級家庭都能夠負擔得起,且能提供優秀教育的學校。而翻轉課堂的理念,由於壓低了教師成本,成功的在祕魯複製了 41 所連鎖學校、3 萬名學生。
「在資訊革命的今天,讓學生重新主導學習這件事。給予學生任務,由他們在網路世界找尋解決方案,並不斷實踐用知識解決實際社會問題。
希望 Innova 的故事,能夠給有志在台灣推動教育革新的行動者一些啟發。」
文章來源:換日線 Crossing