19 juin 2014

NAFSA 2014 delegates urged to ‘speak out’ for immigration reform

By Beckie Smith. Last week NAFSA, Association of International Educators held the world’s largest annual international education conference in San Diego. The organisation threw its weight behind immigration reform once more as the number of delegates broke the 10,000 mark for the first time. More...

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18 juin 2014

For U.S. Colleges, a Drive to Retain Foreign Students

The New York TimesBy Karin Fischer. Like many American colleges, the University of West Florida has seen significant growth in recent years in its international-student enrollment. But another trend alarmed Rachel Errington, director of the university’s Office of International Students. The number of foreign students leaving the university, a public institution on Florida’s Gulf Coast, without earning a degree was also on the rise. More...

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17 juin 2014

US Colleges 'Addicted' To Full-Paying Foreign Students

By . Today, more than 800,000 international students attend American colleges and universities, more than 46,000 of them in Massachusetts. Schools are expecting a spike this fall. This trend has implications both for international and domestic students.
Kirk Carapezza and Mallory Noe-Payne report at our On Campus blog. More...

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Starbucks Corp to subsidize US workers' college degree

Starbucks Corp said it plans to partly pay for an online bachelor's degree program for its employees in the United States, hoping to retain its workforce and save on hiring and training costs.
The world's largest coffee chain is teaming up with Arizona State University to subsidize education for its US employees who work an average of 20 hours a week.
As of September 2013, Starbucks had 137,000 employees, about three-fourths of its global workforce, in the United States. Read more...

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Boys Falling Behind

By Paul Luke. Young men, too, aren't getting message that education is key to success, experts say. Kegan Belina knew from a young age how to wield his brawn. It took him a while longer to learn how to wield his brains.
Belina, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 270 pounds, quit school at 17 after Grade 11 to work as a security guard.
He rose to become one of the high-level protectors who guard visiting politicians, celebrities and athletes. More...

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16 juin 2014

Dean at M.I.T. Resigns, Ending a 28-Year Lie

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dean at M.I.T. Resigns, Ending a 28-Year Lie
Tamar Lewin, New York Times, June 14, 2014
My first reaction to this was to laugh. Yes, of course, she should not have misrepresented her credentials. But it turns out that she did not even have an undergraduate degree. What does it say about the need for a university when you can even be a successful as a dean at MIT without having earned a degree?. More...

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Will competency-based degree programs come to Canada?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Will competency-based degree programs come to Canada?
Rosanna Tamburri, University Affairs, June 14, 2014
As Academica summarizes (with helpful links), "An article in University Affairs examines the potential for the growth of competency-based education (CBE) programs in Canada. CBE models offer credentials based on demonstrated proficiencies, not on time spent in the classroom." More...

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Does Our Credentialing System Work Anymore?

The EvoLLLutionBy . There is a lot of churn in higher education these days. Some of it is being generated by the Department of Education with encouragement and backing from the White House. For example, on May 15, 2014 the Department announced that $75 million has been made available for the ‘First in the World’ grant competition. “The grants will fund the development and testing of innovative approaches and strategies at colleges and universities that improve college attainment and make higher education more affordable for students and families.” More...

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15 juin 2014

Final Gainful-Employment Rule Is Expected in October

By Andy Thomason. The Department of Education plans to finalize its controversial gainful-employment rule in October, according to a notice scheduled for publication in Friday’s Federal Register. The rule, which proposes cutting off federal financial aid to programs whose graduates have high rates of default or high levels of student-loan debt relative to their incomes, has been the subject of long and contentious debate. More...

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Balancing parenthood and grad studies

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Janice Allen. Grad-student parents need better institutional support. Support for Canadian graduate student parents is variable across both universities and funding agencies. While some institutions offer considerable support for graduate-student parents, in many cases these students face unique challenges in completing their studies. As the image of the Canadian graduate student evolves, a more serious consideration of the role of family is in order. More...

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