22 May 2015
Tale of Two Sectors: why is Brazil’s for-profit higher education sector in the ascendant, while US for-profits stumble?
While a host of companies sell innumerable services to higher education institutions, and nonprofit universities are increasingly market-oriented, the genuine for-profit university remains rare. In many countries, legislative definitions of “university” exclude commercial entities, confining firms to sub-degree activity or a gray area between nonprofit and for-profit. At the same time, a growing number of governments have tweaked the rules to permit some measure of experimentation. The theory is that the profit motive might encourage the sort of higher education capacity that would complement the strengths of the conventional sector and compensate for its weaknesses. Serving nontraditional students, stemming the number of citizens leaving a country to study abroad, career-oriented programming, leveraging new technology and operational efficiency are the sorts of things governments have in mind.
Many such initiatives are small-scale and tentative, not least because the contribution of for-profit higher education is work-in-progress. Evidence for this is playing out in very different ways in the two countries with the world’s most developed for-profit higher education sectors- Brazil and the United States. In the US, the sector is in crisis. A major school chain- Corinthian Colleges- has been forced to close and a number of others either look vulnerable or are hastily divesting sickly assets. The largest US for-profit, University of Phoenix, enrolled over 450,000 students in 2010 but today is shadow of its former self with fewer than 220,000. By contrast, Brazil saw the merger of the two largest providers, Kroton and Anhanguera. The combined entity, under the Kroton brand, enrolls 1.1 million students and reported record profits.
What went wrong in the US, and which for-profit institutions continue to do well? Has the Brazilian sector learned the lessons of the US experience or will history repeat itself? In 2015, how should the for-profit higher education experiment be judged?
6 May 2015
In the past five years, digital badging has become increasingly used as a way to officially recognize informal learning or to capture aspects of education or skills that aren’t conveyed by traditional models of transcripts or degrees. As the possibilities of badging have been touted since its emergence, many higher education institutions have been keen to put its merits to the test.
While no comprehensive list of HEIs that have adopted badges currently exists, this article will look at some examples. What are the outcomes of some of these experimentations with digital badging? Have the purported benefits of badging been achieved? What evidence is there that demand for badging will continue, and what challenges hinder its widespread adoption?
16 April 2015
If some vendor press releases are to be believed, online learning can do the seemingly impossible- provide top quality courses to huge numbers of students worldwide at low cost. Experience tells us things are not so simple. Most online higher education is confined to domestic markets, few universities have achieved true scale, and costs remain stubbornly high and opaque. But progress takes time. A recent announcement from Academic Partnerships, a US vendor best known for assisting US public universities with online programs, and with a long history of international ambition, suggests a refinement of the online elixir. The company’s “specializations”, collections of courses from partner universities, are positioned as a more realistic way to blow up the “iron triangle” of cost, access and quality.
What exactly are these “specializations”, and what are the delivery mode details? Which universities are involved, and why? And in the final analysis, is this effort really more innovation than hype?
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Fruit from the branch campuses, The Times Higher Education, 28 May 2015
Over €3 million spent on technological universities, The Irish Times (Republic of Ireland), 28 May 2015
Can France's new mega university rival the best?, The Local (France), 28 May 2015
Bahrain raises game to attract foreign students, Oxford Business Group, 28 May 2015
US indicts 15 Chinese in college test, passport scam, Zee News, 28 May 2015
In the Philippines: Education or indoctrination?, Business World, 28 May 2015
Transparency questioned: LUMHS challenges HEC rankings, The Express Tribune, 27 May 2015
Chinese enrolment in the US shifting increasingly to undergraduate studies, ICEF Monitor, 27 May 2015
35,000 IIE participants in 2014; new scholarship launched, The PIE News, 27 May 2015
With billions at stake, colleges sharpen focus on foreign students, Boston Business Journal, 27 May 2015
Fake degrees: Axact is just tip of the iceberg, Business Insider, 27 May 2015
China Presses for Recognition of Gaokao in Foreign Universities’ Admissions Process, Yibada, 26 May 2015
24-29 May 2015: NAFSA 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1-2 June 2015: Going Global, 'Connecting cultures: forging futures', London, UK
3 June 2015: Going Global post conference OBHE session, 'Quality Assurance of transational higher education: perspectives on good practice from institutions and agencies', London, UK
2-3 June 2015: Edu TECH Congress and Expo, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
9-11 June 2015: QAA Scotland the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee's 2nd international enhancement conference, 'Enhancement and innovation in higher education', Glasgow, Scotland
9-12 June 2015: European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Annual Conference, 'Complex Changes, Accelerated Transformations', Barcelona, SPAIN
14-16 June 2015: ACA Annual Conference 2015: Internationalisation: from strategy to implementation, Brussels, BELGIUM
22-25 June 2015: Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-201), Toronto, CANADA
23 June 2015: Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, 'Challenges and opportunities for increasing outward student mobility, London, UK
24 June 2015: Westminster Higher Education Forum's seminar, 'Technology in Higher Education - best practice, skills and the student offer', London, UK
24-25 June 2015: The 5th International Assessment in HE Conference, Birmingham, UK
1 July 2015: Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'Competition and regulation in Higher Education', London, UK
1-3 July 2015: UKCISA Annual Conference, Brighton, UK
6-9 July 2015: HERSDA Higher Education Conference 2015, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
6-10 July 2015: Council of International Students Australia (CISA) Conference, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
9 July 2015: OBHE Australian international seminar, 'Employability and internationalisation: student satisfaction, institutional models and alternative providers', DRAFT PROGRAMME, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
20-24 July 2015: The National Association of Disability Practitioners International Conference – ‘Working for disability equality in Higher Education – the global perspective’, Manchester, UK
30 August - 2 September 2015: 37th Annual European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR) Forum, From here to there - Positioning Higher Education Institutions, Krems, AUSTRIA
15-18 September 2015: The 27th Annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference, 'A wealth of nations', Glasgow, UK
5-8 October 2015: Global Access to Post-Secondary Education (GAPS) Initiative Conference 2015 - Access to Higher Education, Meeting the Global Challenge, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
6-9 October 2015: 29th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) - International education: global, responsible, sustainable, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
14 October 2015: Westminster Higher Education Forum Seminar, 'UK universities as a destination of choice for international students - recruitment, regulation, student experience and global competition', London, UK
14-15 October 2015: OECD Conference on Higher Education Futures, SINGAPORE
28-30 October 2015: International Association of Universities conference, 'The internationalisation of higher education: Moving beyond mobility', Siena, ITALY
10-11 November 2015: The 2nd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE
19-21 November 2015: QAA's 10th European Quality Assurance Forum, London, UK
22-25 November 2015: Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Annual Conference, Niagara, Ontario, CANADA
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