Tag Archive for higher education

New Survey: College Graduates Need Real-life Work Experience Before Graduation

A new national survey has found that employers con­sider mean­ingful pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence a must for recent col­lege graduates.  In the survey, com­mis­sioned by The Chron­icle of Higher Edu­ca­tion and the Amer­ican Public Media’s Mar­ket­place and pub­lished this week, employers indi­cated that intern­ship expe­ri­ence is the single most impor­tant cre­den­tial that interests them.  Fur­ther­more, more than half of employers reported they had trouble finding recent grad­u­ates qual­i­fied enough to fill posi­tions at their com­pa­nies or organizations.   Read more

Future brings huge demand for international education

The number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education is forecast to more than double to 262 million by 2025. Nearly all of this growth will be in the developing world, with more than half in China and India alone. The number of students seeking study abroad could rise to eight million – nearly three times more than today. Read more

Tracking Trends in Classroom Technology Innovations

As a library ‘geek,’ I worry about whether school and public libraries will disappear, leaving us only with computers, tablets, and e-readers to fill the gap.   Disclaimer:  I own–and use–all of the afore-mentioned devices but still visit my public library weekly to pick up a video, check out some old maps, or simply to chat with the reference librarian about new search engines.  I know–I need a life!

Therefore, I was quite interested in some buzz from the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Project, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.   Last week the project convened experts to to discuss the most important technology innovations of the last decade, and their findings suggest the classroom of the future will be open, mobile, and flexible enough to reach individual students—while free online tools will challenge the authority of traditional institutions. Read more

Stanford University first to raise $1 billion….

Stanford University has become the first university to raise $1 billion in a single year.  They did it in 2012, ahead of Harvard, Yale, USC, and Colombia, in that order, of the .  In FY 2012, roughly 3,500 U.S. colleges and universities raised $31 billion, 2.3 percent more than 2011.  What I found amazing was that the top 10 fundraising colleges collected $5.3 billion, or 17 percent, of the $31 billion, even though they represent only 0.3 percent of the 3,500 accredited, nonprofit schools included in the survey.  You can read the entire article here.

China is a key destination for international learners

A record 292,611 students from 194 countries and regions studied in China in 2011,up 10.38 percent from the previous year, figures from the Ministry of Education show. Read more

The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

New data from the Pew Research Center indicate that many colleges and universities see the value in offering online education to students, as about 77% of institution presidents say their school now offers web-based classes. Specifically, online courses are available in about 89% of four-year public colleges and 60% of four-year private schools, according to the survey. Read more

Simulation Training–Time to Move On

A research team from the Mayo Clinic reports that simulation-based training is an effective way to teach physicians, nurses, dentists, emergency medical technicians and other health professionals–with no discernible improvement in patient outcomes.

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High-tech college admissions?

At the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, a panel of high school seniors and college freshmen told counselors they didn’t want a tweet or text from a college, preferring a good old-fashioned phone call. Read more

A Provocative View of Online Learning

According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, about 39% of students who graduated from college in the past decade took at least one online class. Additionally, a majority of surveyed college presidents believe that this trend will not slow down any time soon. Read more


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