International higher education

Controversial U-Multirank initiative aspires to be a different kind of international ranking

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U-Multirank seeks to overcome limitations of global league tables, but it already has its own critics.

Does China have too much influence over academe in the West?

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NYU disputes Chinese dissident's assertion of government influence, but experts say the issue illustrates pressures faced by many institutions to avoid offending Beijing.

NACAC panel would allow, but discourage, use of commission-based agents

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Admissions association panel seeks to lift ban on agents paid on commission in international student recruiting -- while maintaining that the "best practice" is not to use them at all.

Methodology of QS rankings comes under scrutiny

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QS runs one of three major global university rankings systems, but some question whether methodology is sound.

Penn pushes international internships and career opportunities

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With participation rates in traditional overseas study flat or declining, the University of Pennsylvania seeks to expand interest in international internships and careers.

Wake Forest to deliver preparatory curriculum at Chinese high schools

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Wake Forest will be working with Chinese high schools to prepare students for U.S.-style curriculum and will send their video portfolios directly to the colleges they apply to. Is this a money-maker or a much-needed service (or both)?

In study abroad, a call for greater intentionality, and ambition

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At annual gathering of study abroad administrators, speakers describe a need for programs guided by more clearly defined learning outcomes.

U.S. accreditors expand their activities overseas

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U.S. accrediting agencies believe they have a role to play in facilitating mobility and improving the quality of overseas institutions, but will they find it difficult to uphold the integrity of their standards abroad?

Faculty study abroad leader comes under fire for decisions about student health

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A University of New Hampshire lecturer is dismissed after administrators question medical decisions she made leading a trip to Nicaragua. She says she could have used more support from the institution -- not condemnation.

NYU establishes campuses and sites around the globe

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NYU reinvents itself as a "global network university," but critics at home question the creation of campuses in nondemocratic countries and the effect of rapid international expansion on programs in Greenwich Village.


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