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Employers and Technology as the Ultimate Solution to Credentialing Barrier of MOOCs?

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A recent report entitled “The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape” from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching responds to increasing pressure on bringing more innovation, flexibility and transparency in measuring students learning. (See definitions of The Carnegie Unit and the Credit Hour on page 8 of report. A typical three-credit course, meets for three hours per week over a fifteen-week semester.) The study finds that in absence of an alternative, the Carnegie Unit continues to be the standard measure in the American education system. "But at best, the Carnegie Unit is a crude proxy for student learning. The U.S. education system needs more informative measures of student performance. Achieving this goal would require the development of rigorous standards, assessments, and accountability systems—difficult work, especially in the field of higher education, where educational aims are highly varied and faculty autonomy is de…

NACAC Webinar on Undergraduate International Student Retention Begins With Recruitment

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The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), association of more than 14,000 counseling and admissions professionals serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education, will be hosting a free webinar on international undergraduate student recruitment and retention. This webinar is part of the Executive Virtual Forums series in collaboration with EducationUSA. I will be co-presenting with following experienced professionals: Chunsheng Zhang, Senior Vice Provost for International Affairs, Office of International Affairs, University of North Alabama Ed Bustos, Director of International Admission, Rollins College​
Undergraduate International Student Retention Begins With Recruitment Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT Research demonstrates that undergraduate international student retention is related to the expectations international students develop during recruitment. Admissions officers play a critical role…

Presenting in India and China on Internationalization of Higher Education

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I will be traveling back to back for conferences in India and China and presenting on the themes of student mobility, international partnerships and exchanges and the future of liberal arts education in India.  India (Colloquium) "Internationalization of American Higher Education and its Implications for India" at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. "Going Global with the Liberal Arts in India: Insights and Experiences from around the World" at the Yale-NUS The Future of Liberal Arts, New Delhi on Saturday, March 21, at 11:00 a.m. China (Workshop) "Can Asian Universities Become the Hub for International Students? Opportunities and Strategies for Maximizing Potential" at Asia-Pacific Association for International Education Annual Conference (APAIE), Beijing on Monday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. I am chairing and organizing this workshop with presentations from: -Dr. David…

How to raise resources for campus internationalization strategies?

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One of the recent publication from NAFSA: Association of International Educators--Developing Sustainable Resources for Internationalization--aims at providing strategies to acquire resources needed for advancing comprehensive campus internationalization efforts. The publication is very timely as there is an increasing interest among institutions to expand internationalization, but few are investing and committing the resources to the proportional level. The authors, Dr. John K. Hudzik and Dr. Penelope J. Pynes translate their extensive experiences in leading campus internationalization by providing a practical approach of engaging campus stakeholders and acquiring resources. They advise that developing sustainable resources for internationalization can be pursed through two primary channels. First by connecting internationalization to existing resources and second, by seeking new money.
1. Connect Internationalization to Existing Resources "Institutional resources already commi…

Pearson--lessons in strategy and change from a global education company

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A recent story in the Fortune magazine traces the transformation of Pearson from a traditional publishing house to a global education company poised for an digital learning era. The attention-grabbing headline "Everybody hates Pearson" leads the reader into an insightful story of opportunities and challenges faced by Pearson in the pursuit of its strategic choice of focusing on "data-driven education." Here is a timeline of the major milestones in Pearson's history.   Pearson in its recently released annual report notes that "Pearson’s strategy centres on a significant and exciting long-term opportunity: the sustained and growing global demand for greater access, achievement and affordability in education." It adds that "Pearson stands at the intersection of new technology (with its ability to engage, personalise, diagnose and scale) and new, more effective, ways of teaching." In 2015, five priorities will guide Pearson's work: …