International higher education

International 'Leapfrogging'

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In 1970, 29 percent of the world's college students were enrolled in the United States, which had 6 percent of the world's population. But 2006, the United States enrolled only 12 percent of the world's students. The United States actually grew in enrollments, but other parts of the world -- especially China -- experienced surges far beyond the totals in the U.S.

Fulbright's Good Fortune

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The tough job market for college seniors and recent graduates has left millions of twentysomethings unemployed or underemployed and looking for work or some other way to occupy their time.

Among the alternatives that appear to be growing in popularity this fall: State Department-sponsored Fulbright fellowships to study, conduct research or teach English in 140 countries.

Apples and Oranges

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False comparisons and “propaganda” limit value of international comparisons of higher education, study finds.

Catching Up to Canada

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Why does the U.S.'s northern neighbor look so much better in global rankings of college completion, and how might the gap be closed?

Mixed Outlook on Foreign Students

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2008-9 saw record international enrollment in U.S. and 2007-8 saw record for Americans studying abroad. New data suggest years of big increases may be ending.

Shift in Researcher Population

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Among worldwide total, China's share has grown dramatically in last 5 years while the U.S. and Europe have seen declines.

Controversial Visa Bans Lifted

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Clinton clears ways for Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan to attend scholarly meetings in the United States, reversing Bush administration actions that angered scholarly groups.

Measuring Student Learning, Globally

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OECD will develop international version of Collegiate Learning Assessment to gauge whether comparisons are valid across countries -- including the U.S.

You Think We're Rankings-Obsessed?

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‘We want to become one of the top 10 universities in the world."

"The government wants a first class university for international prestige."

"What do we need to achieve by 2013? Two universities ranked in the top 20 worldwide."

'The Challenge of Bologna'

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The "Bologna Process," under which European nations have agreed on common higher education standards -- with the goal of making degrees and students recognized and respected across borders -- continues to attract increased attention in the United States. In his new book, Paul L. Gaston, Trustees Professor at Kent State University, considers the evolution of Europe's plans and their impact on American higher education.

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