CONAHEC News and Information

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

So poor was the education she received at her public high school, Pilar Vega Martinez had to take an extra year to study for the Prueba de Selección Universitaria — the Chilean version of the SAT.

The work paid off. Her score on the exam was good enough to get her into the top-rated University of Chile. Vega is now in her third year, studying to be a nurse. And thanks to an important change in government policy, life got easier after that: She didn't have to pay.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Hay humo blanco en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Los 15 integrantes de la junta de gobierno del centro universitario más grande de América Latina han dado a conocer este viernes que el actual rector, Enrique Graue, seguirá al frente por los próximos cuatro años.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Sacred Heart University students were particularly motivated to vote on Election Day last week. For some students, it would be their first time voting. Others had been heavily involved in an on-campus voter registration drive and were eager to cast their ballots against a local politician.

The students knew they would be asked for identification to prove they were eligible to vote, but none were prepared for what happened when they showed up at a local polling place in Bridgeport, Conn., near the university's campus in Fairfield.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

The United Nations is set to begin its most significant intervention in higher education with the approval of plans to establish a new global system of qualification recognition to help migrants and refugees.

The intergovernmental organization has historically not been involved in post-18 education, with its education arm -- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) -- focusing instead on improving education outcomes at primary and secondary levels.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

A total of 341,751 students studied abroad for credit in 2017-18, representing a 2.7 percent increase from the previous academic year, according to the annual "Open Doors" report, published by the Institute of International Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State.

The number of students studying abroad has grown steadily over the last 25 years. IIE estimates that about 10.9 percent of all undergraduates (including community college students), and 16 percent of all students enrolled in baccalaureate programs, study abroad at some point during their degree program.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

When Valerie Kinloch was named dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, in July 2017, she did not know she was the first black female dean at the university. A former vice provost at Pitt who wanted to interview her brought it to her attention. "At first I was floored" by the news, she says, "and then that quickly became something that motivated me."

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

American higher education seems to be in a permanent state of crisis. Almost monthly, a federal court has occasion to reprimand some college or university for improperly chilling speech, even as some students continue to complain that campuses are too friendly to the wrong kind of speakers. Many institutions have cut back on faculty hiring, even as the cost of tuition grows. Two basic, and mutually reinforcing, phenomena are behind the chaos on campus.

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

In 2018, the International Association of Universities (IAU) conducted its Global Survey on Internationalization of higher education, the fifth in a series that began in 2003. It is also the first one that reflects the changing political climate in many parts of the world. In the following essay, we note several of the patterns that appeared with specific attention to North America.

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

This week on Great Arts at Eastern, Jeff Gentry talks with Diego Gonzalez and Alla Parsons of the CONAHEC exchange (Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration).

Diego talks about while he was teaching at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Loja, Ecuador talks about how he was introduced to Alla Parsons through the CONAHEC program.

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

A federal judge on Thursday held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court and imposed a $100,000 fine for violating an order to stop collecting on the student loans owed by students of a defunct for-profit college. 

The exceedingly rare judicial rebuke of a Cabinet secretary came after the Trump administration was forced to admit to the court earlier this year that it erroneously collected on the loans of some 16,000 borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges despite being ordered to stop doing so.