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Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Employers value a four-year college degree, many of them more than ever. Yet half of those surveyed recently by "The Chronicle" and American Public Media's "Marketplace" said they had trouble finding recent graduates qualified to fill positions at their company or organization. Nearly a third gave colleges just fair to poor marks for producing…
Descriptors: Job Applicants, College Graduates, Communication Skills, Employees
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
American colleges have to be in India. After all, no other country in this century, save China, is likely to be as important geopolitically, financially, demographically, or culturally. Globally savvy students ought to study here. There are research opportunities for political scientists and public-health specialists, economists, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Cooperation, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In the 2009-2010 academic year, women accounted for nearly two-thirds of the 270,600 American students going overseas. Indeed, the proportion of men studying overseas has remained the same--or flatlined, to put it less charitably--for more than two decades. Sending a broader cross-section of majors abroad has not made a dent in the gender gap…
Descriptors: Females, Majors (Students), Study Abroad, Gender Differences
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was in the university-building business. The elite institute is back in the university-building business. In addition to the thousands of faculty research collaborations around the globe, the university over the past five years has once more engaged in ambitious efforts to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Global Approach, Technical Education
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Economists in both India and China see signs of slackening economic activity, from currency fluctuations in India to a falloff in imports, electricity consumption, and real-estate sales in China. A weakening of the economies in the two countries could be worrisome news for American colleges, for which an uptick in full-paying foreign students has…
Descriptors: Universities, Colleges, Foreign Countries, Global Approach
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Students in the University of Rhode Island's International Engineering Program (IEP) spend a semester studying at an overseas university and another six months interning at a company abroad; at the end of five years, they earn two degrees, in engineering and a foreign language. Despite the extra academic demands, nearly a third of Rhode Island's…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Engineering Education, Engineering, International Education
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Sun Yat-sen University's East-meets-West curriculum is distinctive, but its embrace of liberal education--education across disciplines, meant to provoke broad thinking--is far from unusual. At a time when China and its East Asian neighbors are trouncing U.S. students on international exams, educators in these countries are nonetheless adopting,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Curriculum, Liberal Arts, General Education
Fischer, Karin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Several stumbles by American colleges in setting up programs with foreign partners have called attention to problems inherent in making such arrangements. State University of New York Empire State College has allowed a university in Albania to deliver diplomas in its name. In North Dakota, state auditors issued a scathing review of dual-degree…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, State Colleges, Foreign Countries, College Students