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The challenges (and possibilities) of being a foreigner on U.S. academic job market (essay)

International graduate students are faced with an added challenge on the U.S. job market -- get a job or go home -- but it's possible to turn their foreignness to their advantage, Christopher Garland writes.

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Study finds female academics less likely than men to seek to make longer presentations at conferences

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Study asks why women at an academic meeting are more likely than men to seek shorter time slots for their presentations.

Tri-Valley President Sentenced on Visa Fraud Charges

The founder and CEO of the now-defunct Tri-Valley University was sentenced to 16 years in prison for visa fraud and related charges, the Contra Costa Times reported. Susan Xiao-Ping Su, who was convicted earlier this year, was accused of running a fraudulent school that catered to foreign applicants seeking student visas. Employees of the California-based institution testified during the trial that Tri-Valley had no requirements for admission or graduation.

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Anger Over Students in Blackface Winning Costume Contest

Faculty members at Brock University, in Canada, are angry that the winners of a student costume contest for Halloween were four students who put on blackface as part of their portrayal of the Jamaican bobsled team, CBC News reported. The university has said that it will consider ways to screen offensive costumes, but some faculty members consider that response to be insufficient. 

Brock's student body president said that the contest was judged by audience applause, and that participants were not seeking to offend. But critics said that it should be well-known by now that blackface is not acceptable humor.

 

Canadian Law School Loses Recognition Over Anti-Gay Policy

The British Columbia Law Society, reversing an earlier decision, has revoked recognition of the new law school at Trinity Western University, The Globe and Mail reported. At issue is Trinity Western's ban on students and faculty members having sexual relationships outside of heterosexual marriage. Critics say that the policy violates principles of equal rights for gay people. Earlier this year, in a non-binding referendum, members of the law society recommended that its governing council withdraw recognition, and it has now done so. A legal fight could follow. Trinity Western has argued that it should be allowed to have rules consistent with its Christian beliefs. A statement from the university said that it was reviewing its options.

Murray State Defers Admissions in Ebola-Affected Countries

Murray State University is deferring new applications from prospective students in the Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Murray Ledger & Times reported. The university will not allow students from these countries to enter in January and will instead defer their admission until the fall.  

Alleged Cheating on SAT in China and Korea

The College Board is holding back SAT scores from October tests given in China and Korea, amid investigation into allegations of cheating on the SAT in those countries, The Washington Post reported. Testing companies have struggled with test security in Asia.

 

$10 Million Gift for Chinese Student Scholarships at Yale

A $10 million gift to Yale University will go toward scholarships for low-income Chinese students. The gift is part of a $100 million endowment fund created by the co-founders of the Chinese real estate company, SOHO China, to fund scholarships for Chinese students who are admitted to elite universities. The co-founders, Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi, recently gave $15 million to Harvard University. 

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Conference speakers call for more harmonization of European higher education

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At conference on European higher education, speakers call for much more ambitious harmonization process to compete with the U.S. and China.

Australian university says raising tuition will lead to scholarships for many more students

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Prominent university says government's proposal to deregulate tuition will allow it to give scholarships to a third of its students; critics say Sydney's plan will help it cream students from other universities.

 

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