CONAHEC News and Information

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

In proposing to make community college free for millions of Americans, President Obama would buck global trends.

Over the last two decades, almost every country that has taken up tuition policy has moved to charge fees, not to rescind them. Most notably, universities in Britain, which were free until the late 1990s, have nearly tripled their tuition fees in recent years.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

In May 2013, President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (herein referred to as FOBESII) to expand opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation. The goal was to help both countries develop a 21st century workforce for our mutual economic prosperity and sustainable social development. The official launching of FOBESII took place on May 21, 2014, during the visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Mexico City.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Over January and February of 2015, Denver-based nonprofit US-Brazil Connect will host 107 of Brazil’s top science, technology, engineering and math high school students to locations around the US. The visit is a reward for the students’ stellar participation in the nonprofit’s Conexão Mundo Program (World Connect Program), but also serves to expose Brazil’s top students to US industry and education to build economic opportunity through cultural connection.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Drake University offers one of the most valuable marketing degrees in the nation, according to a new list by College Factual.

The higher education ranking website said Drake's undergraduate marketing major is the 14th best value in the nation. The list, featured recently by USA Today College, assigned value rankings by comparing estimated average starting salaries and mid-career salaries for graduates of marketing programs across the United States. The website says Drake's marketing graduates have an estimated starting salary of $38,000 and a mid-career salary of $93,000.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

47 days and counting: Your online environment is about to change when Concordia launches a new Student Information System (SIS) on January 26 that supports virtually all student-related services, processes and business functions at the university.

Based on a packaged software platform from Oracle/PeopleSoft called Campus Solutions — currently used at more than 25 educational institutions across Canada — the new SIS will replace an aging in-house system that no longer meets the university’s expanding and future needs.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

In a recent article about Shirley Jackson, the president since 1999 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) -- a private university located in Troy, New York -- theChronicle of Higher Education revealed that, in 2012 (the latest year for which statistics are... more

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

George Will gave one of the commencement speeches at Michigan State University on Saturday -- despite protests from students and some politicians that he was a poor choice for speaker because of comments he has made about those who have reported being raped on campuses.  In a column he wrote that efforts to combat sexual assault on campus "make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges" and he referred to the "supposed campus epidemic of rape." ... more

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

As U.S. campuses have dramatically increased their international student populations in recent years, more and more faculty members are encountering a different demographic of student than they are used to – or at least they’re encountering that demographic more frequently. They’re seeing more non-native speakers of English who in many cases are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with American classroom norms: participating in classroom discussions, asking the professor a question, engaging in group work.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

The enrollment of new graduate students from outside the United States is up 8 percent this year at American graduate programs, according to data being released today by the Council of Graduate Schools. That's down slightly from a 10 percent gain a year ago, but the same increase of the prior two years before that.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

American campuses have never been more international.

In 2013-14, colleges in the United States enrolled a record 886,052 foreign students, an increase of 8 percent over the previous year, according to the latest "Open Doors" report from the Institute of International Education.

While the boom in students from abroad is longstanding and well known, dig deeper into the data and you’ll find several trends that have implications for how colleges recruit overseas and create opportunities for American students to study abroad.

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