19 août 2013

Duncan pledges more help for parents seeking federal college loans

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRhwpavMl1CkAKTn2PPT2ufFmbq6MXoP8a9IKbVyxKLZ7OUZgOSgwG63nwBy . The Education Department is taking new steps to help parents obtain federal college loans if their applications are rejected because of minor problems in their credit history — an effort to address complaints about tighter lending standards that has hurt enrollment at historically black colleges and universities.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan disclosed the action in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. For months, advocates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have pressed Duncan for help because a sharp reduction in lending to parents has had a significant impact on HBCUs, including Howard University in the District, Morgan State University in Maryland and Hampton University in Virginia. More...

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How students are being set up to fail

http://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_145x100/WashingtonPost/Content/Blogs/Images/201308/report1.jpegBy Jeff Bryant. I have this recurring nightmare – one that, I fear, is about to become reality for most of America’s school children. In my dream, I’m back in elementary school. It’s testing day and I’m struggling to remember my locker combination and get to class on time. My backpack implausibly opens and spills its contents into the hallway. Indifferent schoolmates rush by.
Finally I’m seated in class. The other students are already busily filling out their tests. An unfriendly proctor passes out the exam, and as I scan down the page, my stomach seizes into knots. I can’t answer a single question. The math problems are a confusion of numbers and symbols. The readings are worded with vocabulary totally foreign to me.
Oh, and did I mention I’m not wearing any pants?
Why do I fear my recurring nightmare – except the part about not wearing any pants – is becoming a reality for more of America’s school children? And why should anyone professing to care about the welfare of the nation’s school children care about this? More...

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HBCUs seek Obama’s help on parent loans

http://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_145x100/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2013/05/11/Local/Images/howardgrad91368299957.jpgBy . The leaders of Morgan State, Bowie State, Howard and eight other historically black universities warned President Obama last month that new limits on federal lending to parents would produce a “devastating impact on student enrollment” in the coming school year.
The university leaders asked the president, in a letter dated July 30, to reverse a step the administration took in October 2011 to tighten underwriting standards for parent loans. Low-income parents shut out from federal financing, they said, would be unable to pay college bills, forcing many students to withdraw from school. More...

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15 août 2013

GUNi participated in the Jornadas Internacionales Para la Gestión de la Calidad Educativa

http://www.guninetwork.org/utils_images/guni-1/image_previewThe objective of the Conference was to improve in the quality of educational services offered by different type of institutions through the presentation of new tools and experiences.
GUNi was present and participated in the Jornadas Internacionales para la Gestión de la Calidad Educativa (International Conference for Educational Quality Management), which took place last 26-28 September at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (Mexico). The event gathered 400 participants from more than 60 higher education institutions. The attendants at the Conference debated themes related to the social responsibility of universities and their contribution towards a more sustainable society.

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More Canadians turn to loans to pay for school: Survey

http://www.torontosun.com/assets/img/interface/paywall/premium_long.pngCanadian post-secondary students are relying less on college savings or their parents to pay for school, and more on loans. 
The average Canadian student expects to graduate $26,297 in debt. That's because they don't have savings and their parents either won't, or can't, fork over the cash for college. 
In 2012, 52% of students were getting money from their parents. That dropped to 44% in 2013, according to an annual survey by the Bank of Montreal. While 62% relied on their own savings in 2012, that's down to 58% this year. And 55% are turning to loans, up from 49% last year. Read more...

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05 mai 2013

CAEI 2013 "Movilidad del Conocimiento: Responsabilidades y Recursos”

http://www.caie-caei.org/wp-content/themes/caei/images/caei_logo_header.png16 al 18 de octubre, 2013 - Monterrey, México. Boletín CAEI 2013 "Movilidad del Conocimiento: Responsabilidades y Recursos". El programa del CAEI se consolida.
Una primera mirada de lo que les espera en Monterrey en un programa innovador sobre la internacionalización de le Educación Superior en las Américas:
Debate Plenario: “Internacionalización transversal en la Educación Superior”

La Dra. Yoloxóchitl Bustamante Diez, Directora General del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) en México, coordinará este debate, en el que 6 expertos intercambiarán sobre los elementos y estrategias más importantes para asegurar una internacionalización integral en todos los sectores del entorno universitario.
Entrevista Plenaria: “El rol de la internacionalización y otros temas vitales en Educación Superior"

La entrevista plenaria, animada por Dr. Francisco Marmolejo, Coordinador de Educación Superior, del Banco Mundial, permitirá comprender las tendencias y acciones interpuestas por los actores clave de la Educación Superior: ministros, líderes y directivos universitarios y de organizaciones internacionales, y gestionarios universitarios, entre otros. En esta entrevista plenaria, el desarrollo de la internacionalización y el aporte a la calidad educativa serán discutidos entre seis panelistas en un intercambio interactivo con el público presente.
Talleres
10 talleres serán ofrecidos a los participantes el miércoles 16 y jueves 17 de octubre, que desarrollarán los siguientes temas, entre otros:
* Ecuador: Construcción del país del conocimiento y la internacionalización
* Internacionalización de las universidades
* de los pueblos indígenas y las primeras naciones
* India-América Latina: Bases para una colaboración académica sostenible
* Estrategias de Internacionalización: Doctorados e iniciativas de investigación
* Internacionalización, Educación Superior y Organizaciones Filantrópicos.
Networking

A raíz de los resultados de la encuesta CAEI realizada en el 2012, el CAEI México 2013 ofrecerá una sesión cotidiana de networking que permitirá a los delegados aumentar sus contactos y encontrar nuevos socios de las Américas. Además, se ha desarrollado una plataforma interactiva en el sitio web del CAEI que brindará la oportunidad de establecer contactos antes del evento.
Cena de gala y actividades culturales

Este programa rico en contenido será complementado con un gran coctel de inauguración, dos cenas especiales y diferentes presentaciones culturales mexicanas con unos de los mejores grupos artísticos del país.
¡Consulte nuestro sitio web para mayor información!

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09 avril 2013

Missions de l’AERES en Amérique du Sud

AERESDans le cadre d’accords de coopération avec la Commission nationale d’évaluation et d’accréditation universitaire argentine (CONEAU) d’une part, et avec le Ministère de l’éducation et le Conseil national d’accréditation (CNA) colombiens d’autre part, l’AERES a effectué une mission de travail en Argentine et en Colombie, courant mars 2013.
Mission de l’AERES en Argentine

Les 18 et 19 mars 2013, Patricia Pol, responsable des affaires européennes et internationales de l’AERES et Philippe Tchamitchian, directeur de la section des établissements de l’AERES se sont rendus à Buenos Aires dans le cadre du séminaire bilatéral AERES-CONEAU.
Le séminaire a permis:
- d’échanger sur les pratiques d’évaluation intégrée de l’AERES;
- de réfléchir à des principes méthodologiques communs pour l’évaluation des formations binationales : un état des lieux des formations existantes, en lien avec l’Ambassade de France en Argentine, permettra de définir une approche partagée;
- de confirmer la réalisation d’une publication commune bilingue sur l’évaluation de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche en France et en Argentine, à partir des actes du séminaire;
- d’identifier des experts français et argentins pour participer à des évaluations organisées par chacun des partenaires.
Cette mission a également permis de signer l’accord de coopération entre l’AERES et la CONEAU préparé lors de la précédente mission réalisée en septembre 2012.
Mission de l’AERES en Colombie

Les 21 et 22 mars 2013, Patricia Pol et François Pernot, délégué scientifique de l’AERES, se sont rendus en Colombie pour participer à la conférence franco-colombienne sur « la qualité de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche », à Cali. Organisé conjointement par l’Ambassade de France et l’Association des universités colombiennes, l’événement a réuni 120 participants de cinquante établissements d’enseignement supérieur colombiens.
En partageant l’expertise et l’expérience de l’AERES, Patricia Pol et François Pernot ont participé aux débats des plénières et des tables rondes portant sur:
- l’internationalisation de l’enseignement supérieur, l’assurance qualité et la reconnaissance des diplômes;
- l’évaluation et l ‘accréditation des formations de pregrado (équivalent licence) et pos grado (master-doctorat);
- l’évaluation de la recherche et l’indexation des revues;
- l’évaluation des transferts de connaissance et de technologie.
Cette visite a également permis de préciser le programme de travail entre l’AERES et le Conseil national d’accréditation colombien pour 2013:
- Travail sur l’identification d’experts bilingues;
- Réalisation d’un état des lieux des 108 formations franco-colombiennes existantes et définition d’une méthodologie commune pour promouvoir des évaluations conjointes ou une reconnaissance mutuelle des évaluations/accréditations conduites dans chacun des pays.
AERES Faoi chomhaontuithe comharchumann leis an gCoimisiún Náisiúnta um Acadúil Measúnú agus Creidiúnú Airgintín (CONEAU) ar thaobh amháin, agus an Aireacht Oideachais agus an Bord Náisiúnta Creidiúnaithe (CNA) Colóime de Thairis sin, thug an AERES obair misean san Airgintín agus an Cholóim, i mí Márta 2013. Níos mó...

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28 août 2012

Reviews of National Policies for Education: Higher Education in the Dominican Republic

http://images2.ehaus2.co.uk/oecd/images/100/912012151m.jpgReviews of National Policies for Education: Higher Education in the Dominican Republic 2012 OECD Publishing , Publication date: 16 Aug 2012 Pages: 180, Language: English.
This OECD report provides an analysis of the higher education sector within the economic, social and political context of the Dominican Republic.
Description

Following the 2008 OECD review of education policies in the Dominican Republic, the examining team was tasked to assess the condition of higher education in the Dominican Republic, to evaluate policies for higher education and research, and to identify future policy options to help meet the nation’s needs.
Against the background report prepared by the Dominican authorities and information supplied in meetings in the course of site visits, this OECD report provides an analysis of the higher education sector within the economic, social and political context of the Dominican Republic. It looks into access, quality and relevance, the effectiveness and governance of the system, its financing as well as its research and innovation capacity. The report concludes with a list of pragmatic recommendations for policy action.
Look inside.

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21 août 2012

Call to double foreign students signals a fundamental policy shift

http://www.universityworldnews.com/images/articles/20120819074703508_1.gifBy Erin Millar. A new report urging Canadian universities to nearly double international student enrolment by 2022 signals a fundamental policy change in Canada.
The report, released last week, recommends that Canada increase the number of foreign students from 240,000 in 2011 to 450,000 by 2022. The government-appointed panel led by Amit Chakma, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Western Ontario, also laid out a blueprint for how the federal government ought to support universities in their recruitment efforts.
What makes this report a change in direction from Canada’s current approach to foreign students is twofold. First, because post-secondary education is a provincial responsibility, the federal government typically avoids such discussions. In fact, in 2006 then-Treasury Board chair John Baird, who is now Minister of Foreign Affairs, pushed to remove the federal government from all involvement in higher education aside from research.
Second, the fact that the report was presented to Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, rather than the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, illustrates how foreign students are now considered a key piece of Canada’s global economic strategy, rather than an issue for universities to handle.
Benefits of international students
The report, International Education: A Key Driver of Canada’s Future Prosperity, argues that not only do Canadian universities and domestic students benefit from a large international student population, but so does Canada as a whole.
“Attracting the best international students will ensure that the world sees Canada as the place to be for top talent, global partnerships and business opportunities,” Chakma said, while presenting the report in Halifax on 15 August.
According to the report, international students who choose to stay boost the economy by adding to Canada’s human capital. (Chakma himself falls into this category, having moved to Canada from his native Bangladesh to pursue a masters degree in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia.)
Moreover, those who return to their birth country become ambassadors to Canada, important sources of business ties and goodwill between countries. Finally, the report argues that drawing students and researchers from a larger pool is only going to attract better talent and improve the quality of universities.
Recommendations
In the past, international students were primarily considered a source of revenue for universities. Having argued the wider benefits to Canada as a whole, the report makes the case for more federal government involvement in international recruitment. Recommendations include creating a Council on International Education and Research to advise government, providing funds for scholarship programmes and developing a national brand to promote education. The report has been welcomed by the university community, which has long called for a national approach to foreign student recruitment.
“Canada must brand itself as a partner of choice in higher education and research,” wrote Stephen Toope, president of the University of British Columbia and the chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, in a July 2012 paper.
He singled out Asian students and researchers, in particular, as the people Canada needs to recruit. Organising recruitment efforts on a provincial basis is confusing to potential students, University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera told the Globe and Mail. “Students don’t necessarily want to go to California or Massachusetts; they want to go the United States. We need to do the same for Canada.”
Boost to the economy
Another report, commissioned by the federal government and published in May, provides insight into why the government is viewing international students as an economic boon. The report estimated that international students spent $8 billion in 2010, up from $6.5 billion in 2008.
“Overall, the total amount that international students spend in Canada is greater than our export of unwrought aluminium ($6 billion), and even greater than our export of helicopters, airplanes and spacecraft ($6.9 billion) to all other countries,” stated the report, written by consultant Roslyn Kunin.
If education is considered an export, its value is striking compared to traditional exports to particular countries. Education accounts for 44% of exports to Saudi Arabia, 28% to India and 19% to Korea.
A new look at fees
Both this report and last week’s panel recommendations suggest that universities shouldn’t necessarily hit foreign students with the highest possible tuition fees. Recognising that foreign students bring more to Canada than just the dollars they spend during their education, these reports urge government to create scholarship programmes and re-examine the practice of differential tuition. But because most universities in Canada are publicly funded, increasing foreign students and lowering their tuition fees could be a sensitive political issue. Many Canadians consider access to post-secondary education a right.
Questions have been raised about whether increasing international students takes away seats from domestic students. For example, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty attracted criticism during the last election when he proposed a scholarship programme specifically for foreign students.

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17 août 2012

Why university presidents refuse reform

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rw/WashingtonPost/Content/Epaper/2012-08-16/Ax1_module2.pngBy Mark C. Taylor. This piece is part of an On Leadership roundtable on higher education and the 21st-century leadership challenge for university presidents.
American higher education—long the envy of the world—is facing unprecedented challenges. While the situation varies from colleges to universities and from private to public institutions, the most pressing problems are shared.  The current situation is simply financially, academically and institutionally unsustainable.
American higher education—long the envy of the world—is facing unprecedented challenges. While the situation varies from colleges to universities and from private to public institutions, the most pressing problems are shared.  The current situation is simply financially, academically and institutionally unsustainable.
Student debt just passed $1 trillion and costs are continuing to escalate at an alarming rate. Colleges and universities are also carrying a significant debt burden at a time when income is flat or declining. Academically, the over-specialization and professionalization of professors has led to a fragmented curriculum that is not preparing students for life and work in the 21st century. The imbalance between research and teaching has created a distorted incentive structure for faculty that is detrimental to students.

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