World University Rankings 2015-2016: Results Announced

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World University Rankings 2015-2016: Results Announced
Times Higher Education
  • The world dominance of universities in the US has further waned in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. 
  • A total of 147 US universities feature in the top 800 including the California Institute of Technology, which claims pole position for the fifth consecutive year.
  • The US now has 63 universities in the top 200. Six of these make the top 10; after Caltech, these are: Stanford (3rd), MIT (5th), Harvard (6th - its first time outside the top four in the rankings’ 12-year history), Princeton (7th) and the University of Chicago (10th). 
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Keywords: rankings, universities, higher education, Caltech
College Rankings Fail to Measure the Influence of the Institution
The New York Times
  • Students, parents and educators increasingly obsessed with college rankings have a new tool: the Obama administration’s College Scorecard. But the Scorecard suffers from many of the same flaws that afflict nearly every other college ranking system. 
  • This year, the Brookings Institution published its own ambitious college rankings that try to improve upon what it sees as flaws in the other lists.
  • It calculates the “value added” of each college by comparing what graduates would be expected to earn to what they do earn after graduating. Find out what institutions made it to the top 10 of the "Brookings-Common Sense ranking".
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Keywords: rankings, universities, higher education
Caution on Competency: U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General 
Inside Higher Ed
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has pumped the brakes on competency-based education (CBE), partially due to concerns about the level of interaction between instructors and students in some of those programs.
  • The inspector general issued a critical audit that shows the need for clarity and more communication on the definitions, requirements and processes for competency-based education. 
  • “This could have a huge impact on how we offer different kinds of education,” said Amy Laitinen, deputy director for higher education at New America. “Folks are going to be really nervous.”
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Keywords: competency-based education, CBE
First Syrian Refugee Welcomed to Mexico on Scholarship Scheme
Times Higher Education
  • A programme to enable 30 Syrian refugees to continue their university studies in Mexico has welcomed its first student: Essa Hassan, who will be able to resume his engineering studies at the Universidad Panamericana in Aguascalientes.
  • The Habesha Project is an initiative funded through private donations and designed to “send a message of solidarity to the Syrian nation” by providing “full scholarships in some of the most prestigious Mexican universities, health insurance and a monthly stipend” to students who have fled the conflict in Syria.
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Keywords: Syrian refugees, scholarships, higher education, Mexico
The Gravest Threat to Colleges Comes From Within
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • We are experiencing one of the greatest threats to the university as we know it. It is not about enrollments, revenues, or rankings. It is about the assurance of intellectual freedom, about what can and cannot be discussed.
  • Our newest and greatest threat comes from inside the university itself. From students and others uncomfortable with the points of view expressed in the classroom, but they seem to forget that many of the things we take for granted were once controversial.
  • Throughout history, the creative spirit of the scholars in higher education and academic freedom have ensured innovation. That is why higher education must be prepared to uphold academic freedom.
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Keywords: higher education, intellectual freedom, innovation, knowledge, opinion
Brian Schmidt: Universities Must Back Young Researchers to Win Nobel Prizes
Times Higher Education
  • According to Brian Schmidt, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics and incoming vice-chancellor of Australian National University, universities must provide funding and job security for talented young researchers if they are to nurture the next generation of Nobel prizewinners.
  • Professor Schmidt said that institutions direct most of their money to academics who are over 50 years old, despite the fact that the “apex of productivity” for researchers is usually far earlier. 
  • “So what’s my advice if you want Nobel discoveries at your institution? Put more of your research spend into your under-forties. Provide these people with career structures that have certainty over more than one three-year contract,” he said.
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Keywords: research, science, funding, Nobel Prize, higher education
5 Things Colleges Should Know About the New Secretary of Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • John B. King Jr., who will lead the Education Department through President Obama’s final year in office, isn’t well known in higher-education circles. 
  • Here’s what readers need to know about him: He has four degrees from three Ivies; He has tremendous respect for teachers, but has clashed with teachers’ unions; He’s a fan of charter schools; He’s passionate about education reform; and he isn’t likely to change course. 
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Keywords: education, United States, leadership
Singularity University Launches Accelerator To Seize Academia’s Innovation Monopoly 
Tech Crunch
  • Singularity University announced a new accelerator program that aims to push technologies out of research facilities and into the real world.
  • SU Labs Accelerator’s portfolio boasts companies whose ambitious goals range from restoring vision to the blind to deploying lithium-ion power to schools in the developing world.
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Keywords: innovation, research, science, Singularity University
Self-Service Software Disrupts Higher Education in Mexico
SAP News Center
  • The Mexico-based Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey Institute of Technology) won the SuccessFactors Technology HR Excellence President´s Award.
  • “Our objective is to align our professors, instructors, students, parents and business partners around a new self-service model for self-management and transparency,” said César García, one of the leaders of the implementation team at the institute. 
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Keywords: higher education, disruption, innovation 
Fostering Belonging Key to Non-Traditional Student Success
The EvoLLLution
  • Today, adults or non-traditional learners make up a minimum of nearly 73 percent of all higher education enrollments. 
  • A sense of belonging (engagement) can be one of the most powerful tools institutions of higher education can employ to ensuring student success. 
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Keywords: higher education, nontraditional students, research
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