14 décembre 2012

Contacts give private pupils edge applying for university

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . Students from poorer backgrounds are being disadvantaged by personal statements when applying to university because they do not have the same contacts to get high-profile work experience placements.
Fresh curbs should be placed on personal statements in university applications to stop the system being used to exploit the “privileged” position of private school pupils, researchers warned today.
New rules are needed amid fears that statements – submitted as part of applications to degree courses – are descending into little more than an “excuse to highlight past advantages”, it was claimed. Read more...

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09 décembre 2012

Need to prepare for the next wave of foreign students

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Rahul Choudaha. A recent commentary in University World News highlighted issues facing US higher education in sustaining international student growth rates. Although some of the concerns raised are relevant, they mask the latent strength in the scale, diversity and capacity of the American higher education system to become a more attractive player in the international student mobility arena.
The concept of international student recruitment in the US is a relatively new development. It gained traction in response to post-recession budget cuts, primarily in public higher education institutions. The external environment prompted institutions to start recruiting international students, but the internal capacities and resources of many were ill prepared for this sudden shift towards a more proactive recruitment model.
Against a backdrop of higher expectations for international enrolment and declining budget support, this lack of internal capacity triggered the adoption of quick turnaround recruitment approaches. For example, several institutions started experimenting with commission-based recruitment agents, anticipating lower upfront costs. These quick-fix practices, however, have created gaps in institutions’ ability to manage the qualitative risks associated with the use of agents and provide adequate support services to meet international student needs. Read more...

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07 décembre 2012

Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur

Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur - Le système actuel permet-il d'assurer la qualité de la formation universitaire et d'en rendre compte?
Un système rigoureux et non complaisant d'assurance qualité est déjà en place et a fait l'objet de plusieurs révisions. Il permet d'assurer une excellente qualité globale des programmes universitaires reconnue par les employeurs, les étudiants et à l'international. Ce système requiert cependant des améliorations, notamment en ce qui concerne l'optimisation du processus d'approbation des nouveaux programmes, l'efficacité de l'évaluation des programmes existants et la connaissance, par le public, des mécanismes et de leurs résultats.
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06 décembre 2012

New Study Examines Public Perceptions, Student Needs Regarding Higher Education in America

Youth TodayLast week, the Brookings Institution held an event titled “Innovation Imperative: The Future of Higher Education,” and centered around a new study released by Northeastern University that examined both public perceptions of higher education in the United States as well as what young Americans today want out of their college and university experiences. Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun began the event by summarizing several key findings from the survey.
“In a period where people are questioning higher education, the overwhelming majority of respondents through the survey believed very strongly that [the] American higher education system is a gem,” Aoun said. He stated that a majority of respondents believed that higher education in the United States needs to be “nurtured,” and that most Americans still believe that college is an essential experience for individuals that desire personal fulfillment and economic success. Read more...

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05 décembre 2012

Number of Americans studying in Canada increases

By Sara Welsh. There has been an increase in the number of Americans going to Canada for school while the number of Canadians coming south has decreased.  
Canada offers a higher education at prices comparable to or lower than the out-of-state tuitions of many major American universities. More than 10,000 Americans are working toward their graduate and undergraduate degrees in Canada.
“UBC has received a number of applications from the U.S. in the last several years, with a considerable increase in the last three years,” said Aaron Andersen University of British Columbia’s manager of international recruitment in the Americas, Middle East and Africa, in an email.
The number of Americans heading up for education has increased 33 percent since 2008.  University of British Columbia has more than 1,200 students from the U.S., Andersen said.
For the 2012 winter term University of British Columbia received more than 2,000 applications from the United States.
There are about 27,546 students from Canada in the U.S. and it's the fourth leading place of origin of international students enrolled in U.S. universities. This number is down 2 percent from last year, according to the Institute of International Education. Read more...

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Peru: WB to grant US$25mln for education quality improvement

More than one million Peruvian students in higher education, universities and technical institutes will benefit in the next decade from a US$25 million loan approved by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors for the Higher Education Quality Improvement project – “PROCALIDAD”.
This financing will help more than 250 Higher Education institutions manage their accreditation process and access information relevant to the continuous quality improvement.
One of the first objectives of the project will be a substantial increase in activities related to the self-evaluation and external evaluation of results. As the World Bank announced, it also intends to gather information — via graduated student surveys — on current higher education conditions in the country to guide future reforms.
“PROCALIDAD arrives at an important juncture, as it will have a bearing on university, institute and higher education school improvements through accreditation,” said Patricia Salas, Peru’s Minister of Education. Read more...

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02 décembre 2012

Prop 30 decision props up California – for now

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alison Moodie. Educators cheered in early November when Proposition 30 passed in California. The unexpected passage of the tax measure, which won by a 54% to 46% margin, is a clear victory for higher education in the state. After four years of relentless budget cuts, the bill will give California’s embattled public university systems some respite by curbing nearly $1 billion in further cuts.
The bill will also mean that college students won’t fall victim to yet another round of tuition hikes, enrolment freezes will be lessened, and hundreds of classes will be reinstated. Read more...

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30 novembre 2012

Not what it used to be

The EconomistAmerican universities represent declining value for money to their students
face of it, American higher education is still in rude health. In worldwide rankings more than half of the top 100 universities, and eight of the top ten, are American. The scientific output of American institutions is unparalleled. They produce most of the world’s Nobel laureates and scientific papers. Moreover college graduates, on average, still earn far more and receive better benefits than those who do not have a degree.
Nonetheless, there is growing anxiety in America about higher education. A degree has always been considered the key to a good job. But rising fees and increasing student debt, combined with shrinking financial and educational returns, are undermining at least the perception that university is a good investment.
Concern springs from a number of things: steep rises in fees, increases in the levels of debt of both students and universities, and the declining quality of graduates. Start with the fees. The cost of university per student has risen by almost five times the rate of inflation since 1983 (see chart 1), making it less affordable and increasing the amount of debt a student must take on. Between 2001 and 2010 the cost of a university education soared from 23% of median annual earnings to 38%; in consequence, debt per student has doubled in the past 15 years. Two-thirds of graduates now take out loans. Those who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2011 graduated with an average of $26,000 in debt, according to the Project on Student Debt, a non-profit group. Read more...

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Can Community Colleges Put Americans Back to Work?

. Community colleges have long played a key role as an entryway to better career opportunities for adults in the workforce. But with the job market more competitive than ever and the unemployment rate stubbornly stuck near 8%, community colleges across the country are launching new initiatives that are more aggressive in helping unemployed Americans find jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor is pouring $2 billion into community college job retraining courses across the United States as part its Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides a variety of resources to unemployed individuals seeking new work. The money, administered in $500 million increments between 2011 and 2014, is being awarded to community colleges to develop programs to quickly teach workers new skills and establish relationships with businesses that have job openings. More...

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Will state colleges become federal universities?

newsday.comBy RICHARD VEDDER. Get public-university presidents together, and they start complaining about the diminishing amount of subsidy support from their state governments. A review of historical data shows that from the early 1980s until the year before the recent financial crisis, inflation- adjusted state funding per student was essentially unchanged. Over the last generation, an academic arms race has considerably increased total spending per student, so as a percentage of university budgets, state appropriations have sharply fallen.
At some flagship state universities, the cuts in appropriations have been real in absolute dollar terms. The state share of academically related university spending (excluding revenue items such as food, lodging, hospitals and intercollegiate athletics) is now less than 10 percent. This, however, varies among the states: Per-capita university appropriations in fiscal year 2012 ranged from $63 in New Hampshire to $592 in Wyoming; California ($256) spent 80 percent more per capita than Pennsylvania ($143), although the Golden State continues to face a very challenging fiscal outlook. More...

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