£11,000 for an Oxford education?

first_imgOxford’s Vice-chancellor Dr John Hood has rekindled the ongoing debate on the future of funding for students by stating that it costs up to an additional £8,000 a year to educate each student.After the Vice-chancellor’s interview with a parliamentary committee in March, it was reported in the Daily Telegraph that Oxford may push up fees to £11,000 a year.This news comes at the time of the release of a government survey, which shows that the direct cost of studying increased by 68% throughout 2005-8. This includes the introduction of top-up fees in 2006.However, Dr Hood denied Daily Telegraph’s claims strongly. He said, “While I noted to the Select Committee that some increase in tuition fees might be considered desirable, I most certainly did not say that Oxford wished to raise fees to £11,000. A working group is currently discussing what our response to the government’s consultation on the fee cap might be. We do not consider such a sharp increase to be either desirable or a political reality.”“I explicitly told the committee that I did not want to hypothesise around a figure for fees. I have noted that we estimate the money we receive through fees and HEFCE is £7-8,000 less per student per year than what we estimate it costs, on average, to educate UK and EU undergraduates. This does not equate to my saying that we want to plug that gap entirely through fee increases.”“As I said to the Select Committee, any increase in fees at all, however modest, would be desirable only provided we can have cast iron, needs-blind admission assistance through loan schemes, bursaries, and hardship funds.”However, this denial has not stopped a debate over the future of University funding.Magdalen JCR questioned Lewis Iwu on funding in their last General Meeting. Iwu admitted that the OUSU position on the issue was currently “quite vague.” He also pointed out that if Oxford wants to remain at the top of the table as a world-class institution, higher costs are something students will have to deal with. A report published by Universities UK last term warned that students from low-income families would be discouraged if fees rose to £7,000, particularly if they had to take out private loans as well as government student loans.However, a typical fresher already borrows a total of £6,318 in loans, credit cards and overdrafts in one year, according to a study conducted by theInstitute for Employment Studies and the National Centre for Social Research notes. After taking into account their savings, an average student has a net debt of £3,518 after first year of studying.An Oxford university spokesperson said, “We have no evidence that the cost of being a student, excluding the cost of fees, has increased significantly.Obviously students now pay fees of approximately £3,000 compared to approx £1200 and loans can be taken out to cover these fees where no loans were previously available which means student debt will have increased compared to 2005 when no loans for fees were available and fees were approximately £1200.”Still, the Institute’s report also notes that more than 80% of students consider the long term benefits of higher education outweigh the costs and that they will ultimately earn more as a result. Although 9% fewer students combine work with study, student incomes have increased, as has student support.For the next academic year, Oxford will charge UK students £3,225 in tuition fees for most courses.Nevertheless, the £8,000 difference between what a student pays and what it costs to tutor them is difficult to fill. Dr Hood said it is partially being made up by expecting the college staff to work substantially harder than their counterparts in US Universities. They are also provided with less academic and administrative support.It seems that the rise in degree costs combined with the precarious job prospects is something that worries many students.One Magdalen JCR committee member commented, “People apply to Oxford often with the hope that a good quality degree will make them employable and lead to a lucrative career. This is not necessarily the case at the moment, and it worries me that in the meantime it is becoming more and more expensive to study.”The debate is likely to hot up when the government reviews the tuition fees system later this year and whether it will decide to raise the current cap.last_img read more

4 words to remember about developing talent

first_imgEmployee development is obviously a huge part of what you do as a leader. Turning employees into the leaders of tomorrow could one day be your legacy. When you think about employee development, words like “coach” and “mentor” probably come to mind. But what else is involved in developing your employees? Here are four words to remember about developing the talent on your team…Support: Do your employees feel that you have their back? Do you support new ideas? Do you encourage creativity? Think about what your employees need from you every day and the ways you could better support their development.Ignite: Do you have passion for what you do? If the answer is no, it may be time to make a change. If you can’t show your employees why you do what you do and what you love about your job, you’ll never be able to help ignite that same passion in each of your team members. Think about the reasons you get dressed every morning and let your enthusiasm for your job help fuel your staff’s enthusiasm for their own work.Uplift: Leadership is about a lot more than just barking out orders. Leading with a positive vibe makes all the difference in the world when it comes to team success. When an employee shows a weakness, they’re more likely to show a positive response to criticism that is filled with positivity and inspiration. It’s easy to tear down employees with words, but it’s a heckuva lot harder to build them back up afterwards.Unite: As talented as your team may be, if they’re not playing well together, they may be a path to destruction. Some employees may work great on their own, but working as a team can be a lot more satisfying to not only the results, but to team morale. If your team isn’t working well together, it’s time to find ways to get them to be less disjointed. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Sourceofincome Housing Discrimination Alive and Well—For Now

first_imgShare27TweetShare4Email31 SharesAugust 3, 2016; Washington Post, “Wonkblog”After the Baltimore County Council defeated a proposal that would prevent housing discrimination against households with a housing choice voucher (HCV), Emily Badger, Washington Post columnist, called out this “pervasive form of housing discrimination that’s still legal.”In her article, Ms. Badger explains that “source of income” (SOI) legislation has been enacted and challenged around the country as communities grapple with this loophole in federal fair housing laws. By adopting a “no Section 8” policy, landlords can largely exclude prospective renters based on race, gender, and familial status because female-headed minority families are overrepresented in HCV programs.Ms. Badger’s article goes on to recount other examples of how Maryland’s Baltimore County, which consists of largely white inner ring suburbs around the City of Baltimore, has worked to keep African American households bottled up in the city. She cites a 1970 case where HUD withheld sewer funding from Baltimore County for promoting racial segregation. This past year, advocates have charged that the state of Maryland has assisted in keeping low-income Baltimore residents away from suburban employment opportunities by vetoing a mass transit plan and investing in “inner city redevelopment” as an alternative.HUD involvement in the Baltimore County proposal is significant. Opponents of the proposal argued that they were being forced to consider SOI protection because of a “big government” settlement of a fair housing complaint to which the county was not a party. HUD’s understanding of the dispute differs from the County Council: “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced a settlement agreement with Baltimore County, Maryland to expand affordable housing in higher opportunity areas throughout the County.” Among the remedies in this Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) is: “Seek the enactment of legislation that prohibits discrimination based on source of income.” However, the details in the VCA suggest that the time of enactment may be stretched out until 2019.Failure to comply with the VCA could put at risk a host of Federal assistance grants that come to the County. All this controversy comes at a time when Baltimore’s race and inequality issues are already under a spotlight. A new book called Coming of Age in the Other America charts the course of a cohort of young people in Baltimore who had the chance to use an HCV to move to “slightly better” neighborhoods within the city limits. Authors DeLuca, Clampett-Lundquist, and Edin write, “Few would argue that it was not a good idea to get families out of the distressed high-rises, but entirely different policies are required to help them reach higher-opportunity neighborhoods.”—Spencer WellsShare27TweetShare4Email31 Shareslast_img read more