Paper sees oral exams as strategy to reduce cheating in Gulf universities

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Oral exams can be used to promote academic integrity in countries where students don't hesitate to cheat, paper argues.

Admissions Group to Flesh out Position on Commissioned Agents

The National Association for College Admission Counseling has released draft proposed additions to its Statement of Principles of Good Practice that would expand on last year’s change permitting member universities to use commission-based agents in international student recruiting if they ensure accountability, integrity and transparency. The proposed additions, to be considered by the NACAC Assembly at the annual conference in late September, would flesh out those terms. Specifically the proposed interpretative language states that members will

• “ensure institutional accountability by monitoring the actions of those commission-based agents acting on the institution’s behalf;”

• “ensure transparency with a conspicuous statement on their website that indicates their institution uses agents who are compensated on a per capita basis;"

• “ensure integrity by dealing ethically and impartially with applicants and other stakeholders, honoring commitments and acting in a manner that respects the trust and confidence placed in the institutions and the individuals representing them;"

• “adhere to U.S. recruitment and remuneration laws (U.S. Higher Education Act) for U.S. citizens, where applicable;”

• “not contract with secondary school personnel for remunerations for referred students.”

The proposed language also would frame the use of agents in more negative terms. While the language approved by the NACAC Assembly last year reads that “Members who choose to use incentive-based agents when recruiting students outside the U.S. will ensure accountability, transparency and integrity,” a proposed revised version of that sentence would state that members will “not employ agents who are compensated on a per capita basis when recruiting students outside the United States, unless ensuring they and their agents conduct themselves with accountability, transparency, and integrity.”


New book explores achievements and challenges of China's 'rising research universities'

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New book explores achievements and challenges of Chinese research universities as they continue their quest to achieve "world-class" status.

Korea Tightens Admissions Requirement for Expats

South Korea is tightening the admissions requirements for Korean students who live outside the country, The Korea Herald reported. The country allows Koreans from abroad to apply without taking the entrance exam that is crucial to admission of most students. Now the country will specify the time one must live abroad to qualify. The change follows reports of students in Korea going abroad for brief periods to qualify for the text exemption.


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Crash Kills 3 Japanese Students at College in California

Three students at Palomar College, in California, were killed in a car crash late Thursday, and five others were injured, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. All eight students were from Japan, and all were in a single car.

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Australian state leader calls for merger of 3 universities

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Leader of an Australian state suggests combining its universities -- an idea rejected two years ago as unlikely to reap benefits.

New report on international admissions at U.S. graduate schools shows continued growth and shifting student mix

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New report on international admissions at U.S. graduate schools shows continued growth, driven by big increases in Indian students and despite modest drop in applications from China. 

Poland sends top academics to special courses in California

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New initiative sends top Polish academics to special 9-week courses at Stanford and Berkeley.

U. of Macau Professor Says Activism Cost Him His Job

A professor at the University of Macau said he believed his contract was not renewed due to his political activism, The New York Times reported. Bill Chou Kwok-ping, an associate professor of political science, was suspended for 24 days without pay in June based on complaints that he “attempted to impose his political beliefs on students, failed to provide different perspectives in class and discriminated against students.” Chou is an advocate for greater democratization in Macau, a former Portuguese colony that returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1999. A spokeswoman for the university did not immediately respond to the Times’s request for comment.  

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Anger Over Racist Leaflets at Canadian University

York University, in Canada, has been removing leaflets from campus that have angered many students, CBC News reported. The material appears to come from an anti-immigrant group and features photographs of York in the 1960s, claiming that the university was "100 percent white" in that decade and that it may soon be majority minority.


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