7 ways studying abroad helps students land sought-after jobs

Studying abroad can lead to significant increases in critical 21st century workplace skills, according to a new survey from IIE.

IIE’s study, Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills & Career Prospects, investigates the connection between study abroad programs and the development of skills that contribute to employment and career development in today’s workforce.

The survey looked at what specific features of study abroad programs contribute to career success, in order to help educators better develop programs that prepare students for the global workforce.…Read More

New learner analytics software helps 15 percent more students earn degrees

A UK education technology business recently hit US colleges and universities after a three-year trial of its pioneering analysis and monitoring software. The pilot project, at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, has demonstrated marked improvements in students’ academic performance, with over 15 per cent more of their students now achieving top class degrees.

UK-based Solutionpath, founded in 2012, has developed a software product called StREAM which measures and analyses student digital ‘engagement’, accurately identifying students who are at risk of early withdrawal from their course, or of under-achieving academically.

The software launched in the US at the EDUCAUSE Annual conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 31.…Read More

U.S. News: 2018’s best global universities

U.S. News & World Report today released the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings. The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities–up from 1,000 last year–across 74 countries and are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide.

The U. S. leads the rankings again this year, with 221 universities making the overall list. The top four spots are held by U.S. schools, with Harvard University at No. 1. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at No. 2, followed by Stanford University at No. 3 and the University of California—Berkeley at No. 4. The United Kingdom’s University of Oxford rounds out the top 5.

Behind the U.S., the following countries have the most ranked institutions out of the 1,250 schools on the overall list:…Read More

US loses out to UK and Asia in World University Rankings 2018

The Times Higher Education today published the 14th annual edition of its World University Rankings, a list of the top 1,000 universities from 77 countries. America’s grip on the world’s top universities has loosened further as the UK becomes home to the top two institutions for the first time in the 13-year history of the table.

Last year, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) ended its five-year reign of the rankings after being overtaken by the University of Oxford. This year, Oxford holds onto the top spot while Caltech falls one place further to joint third with Stanford University as the University of Cambridge climbs from fourth to second.

Last year, Berkeley announced that it faced a $150 million deficit, largely the result of a steady drop in state funding and a five-year undergraduate tuition fee freeze in the state of California. Berkeley’s decline means that the University of California, Los Angeles is now the US’ top public university for the first time at 15th place, down from 14th.…Read More

Global ranking: US universities are most prestigious in the world

Times Higher Education (THE) has today published its World Reputation Rankings, a reputable list of the world’s most prestigious universities compiled from research insight from leading global academics.

The US takes 8 out of the top 10 places, with Harvard University taking the top spot for the seventh year in a row, and have a total of 42 institutions in the top 100.

However, Asian universities continue their rise with 28 institutions in this year’s ranking.…Read More

Global EdTech Census launched at ASU+GSV

During a reception at the ASU+GSV Summit, Navitas Ventures announced the launch of the Global Edtech Census, an open-data, multi-lingual initiative to comprehensively map the global education innovation and technology landscape.

“The Summit is the most important assembly of leading innovators across education,” notes Patrick Brothers, CEO of Navitas Ventures. “It was important to us to launch the census at the center of this universe, to ensure we build a critical mass of excitement and energy around this initiative.”

The census—with an ambitious goal of identifying over 30,000 education companies from around the world—will be used to map the emerging landscape, track the evolution and performance of the global ecosystem and better inform founders, investors, schools, institutions and governments on ways to more effectively foster innovation.…Read More

How is eTextbook use shaping up across the globe?

Students have high expectations for their learning as they head off to four-year institutions, and rightly so–why would they want how they use technology for learning to be years behind how they use technology in their personal lives?

A recent survey gauges student satisfaction with the digital programs, focusing specifically on eTextbook programs, offered by universities in the United Kingdom, and reveals that progress is happening, despite barriers.

The survey from VitalSource, conducted by Shift Media, surveyed 866 students from 131 institutions and assesses engagement with eTextbooks. It also identifies various institutional practices and student behaviors that correlate with high student satisfaction levels.…Read More

IB launches student registry

Registry will connect IB Diploma students with universities

ib-diplomaThe International Baccalaureate has launched the IB Student Registry. Free for IB students, this registry will allow for students in the last years of the Middle Years Programme, or who are pursuing the Diploma Programme or Career-related Programme, to create an online portfolio which includes short personal essays, extended essays, CAS details, course credits and more.

University admission offices will be able to use this subscription service to reach these highly sought-after students.

Today’s higher education admissions landscape is undertaking great change. There are more students considering college than in the past. And that means more people to compete with and more students to choose from. Between 1980 and 2012, the overall college enrollment rates increased from 26 percent to 41 percent.…Read More

Higher education’s reinvention means faculty, too

Incentivizing faculty promotion and tenure policies could help institutions meet internationalization goals.

report-internationalization-facultyInternationally-focused teaching activities are currently the least commonly found criteria in tenure and promotion codes, even though diversifying student learning is a top priority for institutions.

That’s just one finding from a new report by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE) on how faculty internationalization efforts are impacted by tenure and promotion policies.

Internationalization–the process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of postsecondary education–has become an increasingly important priority for many colleges and universities looking to expand and grow their institutions. Naturally, faculty members play a key part in internationalization efforts, which is why it makes sense to incentivize their participation, emphasized the report.…Read More

Global rankings place 3 U.S. schools in top 10

QS World University Rankings break down global school rankings for students, educators.

QS-rankingsThe twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings 2015/16 lists the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the world’s top university, followed by Harvard University (2nd), The University Cambridge and Stanford University (a tie for 3rd).

ETH Zurich (9th) breaks into the top 10, while the sharpest rise in the top echelon of the table is for the two leading Singaporean universities, which make the top 15 for the first time ever. The National University of Singapore (12th) is the leading Asian institution, while Nanyang Technological University (13th) takes a leap, nearly closing the gap with its domestic rival. Australian National University (19th) also returns to the top 20.

The United States has 157 universities placed in the World University Rankings.…Read More