22 février 2015

Teaching the Global 1%

HomeBy Will Fenton. Charged €1,000 ($1,140) for damage to two rooms and the destruction of another family’s possessions, Mohammed giggled and explained, “No problem, I buy them.” Over the past 4 weeks, the boys who shared room 305, Mohammed, a 16-year-old Tehrani, and his kindred spirit, Vlad, a 17-year-old Muscovite, had built a tender friendship. Read more...

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The Cost of Agents

HomeBy Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education. Data obtained by Times Higher Education from 158 higher education institutions under Britain's Freedom of Information Act reveal that all but 19 elite or specialist institutions now use agents to enroll non-European Union students. Spending by 106 institutions that provided details of commission payments totaled £86.7 million ($133.7 million) in 2013-14. This is a 16.5 percent increase from the figure two years earlier. Read more...

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Feedback on Ratings, Round 3

HomeBy Michael Stratford. From the moment President Obama called for a federal college ratings system some 18 months ago, colleges and universities have criticized the idea and lobbied against it. Read more...

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Moving Ahead With Competency

HomeBy Paul Fain. The online, competency-based certificate Bellevue College offered last year was a hit with students. In fact, the certificate in business software was so popular that the two-year college in Washington State decided to drop its conventional online version. Read more...

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Making Them Pay

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Community college students should be able to afford to take two courses every spring, summer and fall semester, a new policy paper from New America argues, but a number of barriers -- especially surrounding financial aid -- “impede the flexibility” those students need to earn a degree. Read more...

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Middlebury to Abandon Inflation Peg

HomeBy Ry Rivard. In 2010, the Vermont liberal arts college announced it would not raise its sticker price more than one percentage point above the rate of inflation. Last year, the college began to back away from the plan. Now it seems likely to abandon it altogether. Read more...

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Dropout-Adjusted Outcomes

HomeBy Kaitlin Mulhere. Most research on the payoff of attending community college actually doesn’t measure the effect of attending, but rather what happens for those who graduate. Read more...

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Not-So-Great Expectations

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. In a time in which the majority of students going abroad are doing so on highly structured, faculty-led, short-term programs -- some as short as one week -- “How are we guiding students to go beyond their comfort zone?” asked Mary Anne Grant, president and CEO of International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) at a session Tuesday at the Association of International Education Administrators’ annual conference. Read more...

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Prioritizing Partnerships

HomeBy Elizabeth Redden. In international education circles, it’s not uncommon to hear of an institution that has 100 or more partnerships with foreign universities -- several hundred, even. But how should universities assess the value of these partnerships and determine which ones to prioritize -- and which ones, perhaps, to prune? Read more...

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Who Is Being Political?

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. There is wide agreement in North Carolina that Gene Nichol is an articulate and forceful advocate for the impoverished of his state, unafraid to criticize political leaders who in his opinion aren't doing enough about poverty. Nichol does so from an academic perch. He is a law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and leads the university's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. Read more...

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