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Beyond Study Abroad

Under the vice provost for global initiatives, The University of Pennsylvania is promoting noncredit international internships and post-graduation work opportunities as alternative ways for students to gain meaningful experiences abroad. The university’s strategic plan for international initiatives calls for growing the number of stipends available to support international internships and working with the career services office to identify and highlight international job and internship opportunities. Redden, Elizabeth. "Beyond Study Abroad". Inside Higher Ed, 14 May 2013. Read article »

How Colleges Should Prepare Students For The Current Economy

“Unfortunately for students, parents and educators, there is no established or readily accepted standard or metric to measure how ‘successful’ a college or university is in arming students for the post-diploma decades.” But for students at Bentley University, where 98 percent of graduates in 2012 received job offers or admission to graduate school, a four-year career development plan called “Hire Education” seems to nearly guarantee employment upon graduation. The program offers targeted career advising that is broken into four phases: “Explore” for first-years, “Experiment” for sophomores, “Experience” for juniors, and “Excel” for seniors. Brennan, Susan. “How Colleges Should Prepare Students For The Current Economy.” Business Insider, 13 Feb. 2013. Read article »

$1.1 Billion in Thanks From Bloomberg to Johns Hopkins

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $350 million to Johns Hopkins University, making him the most generous living donor to any education institution in the United States. $250 million of the donation will be put toward the hiring and endowment of 50 Bloomberg Distinguished Professors “whose expertise crosses traditional academic disciplines,” while the remaining $100 million will be devoted to financial aid. Over the weekend Mr. Bloomberg revealed that starting with his first donation of $5 to Johns Hopkins in 1965 (the year following his graduation), he has given a total of $1.1 billion to the institution. “The mayor, who is 70, has pledged to give away all of his $25 billion fortune before he dies, and he has built up a foundation on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to carry out the task.” Barbaro, Michael. “$1.1 Billion in Thanks From Bloomberg to Johns Hopkins.” The New York Times, 26 Jan. 2013. Read article »

V-c warns of massive threat posed by MOOCs

The vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge has warned that MOOCs may pose a serious threat to traditional universities, especially those that are less prestigious and focused on teaching. Sir Leszek Borysiewicz believes that MOOCs “will change the nature of higher education” but will not presently affect institutions like Cambridge, where high-quality seminars and tutorials are offered in addition to lectures. Nonetheless, many in the U.K.’s education system believe that universities must not assume that their current business models will last forever. One professor argues that "traditional universities need to get into (MOOCs), rather than be like King Canute trying to hold back the waves." Grove, Jack. “V-c warns of massive threat posed by Moocs.” Times Higher Education, 24 Jan. 2013. Read article »

Moody’s Gives Colleges a Negative Grade

After assigning a negative financial outlook to the entire higher education sector in 2009, then upgrading the most elite colleges and universities to a stable status for the past two years, Moody’s Investor Services has now re-included elite institutions with the rest of the field in their negative outlook. “Moody’s explained the change by saying that that even the best colleges and universities face diminished prospects for revenue growth, given mounting public pressure to keep tuition down, a weak economy and the prospect that a penny-pinching Congress could cut financing for research grants and student aid.” The agency recommended the use of online classes and elimination or reduction of tenure as possible cost-saving measures. Although Moody’s gave a negative outlook to the overall industry, the nation’s very top colleges and universities, including Dartmouth, still maintain top credit rankings. Martin, Andrew. “Moody’s Gives Colleges a Negative Grade.” The New York Times, 16 Jan. 2013. Read article »

There’s Planning, and There’s Planning

A dean ponders whether strategic planning in colleges is more about budgeting money for “where it needs to go” or “recognizing and coming to terms with much larger changes in higher education.” He suggests that the two ways of thinking about strategic planning often conflict, but he recommends that to accomplish both, time should be set aside on campuses for educators not to brainstorm, but to explore, critique, and refine speculative projects. Reed, Matt. “There’s Planning, and There’s Planning.” Inside Higher Ed, 14 Jan. 2013. Read article »

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