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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the House Tax Reform Proposal

American Council on Education - 16 hours 6 min ago
House Republicans have unveiled a comprehensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code in a bill that could have devastating implications for higher education. ACE's president responds.

Open Educational Resources in the Global South

University World News Global Edition - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 05:01
'Open educational resources' are the focus of a growing field of inquiry, particularly in the Global South where, up until now, research has been relatively limited and isolated. Now, a new book b ...

ACE Initiative to Increase U.S.-Japan Higher Education Relations Through Collaborative Online International Learning

American Council on Education - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 02:30
ACE has announced the U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative, an effort to strengthen higher education relations between Japan and the United States through collaborative online international learning.

Concordia Alabama, a historically black college, announces that it will shut down operations

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:43

Concordia College in Alabama has announced that it will end operations at the end of this academic year.

Concordia is a historically black institution, and the only such institution to be Lutheran. The announcement of the closure came from the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod, which noted "great sadness" over the decision.

A statement from the synod said in part: "[S]ince July 2006, of the total subsidy (not including scholarships) given to the 10 campuses of the Concordia University System, CCA [the Alabama college] alone has received more than 44 percent of that amount. But in spite of this assistance and funds from other sources, CCA -- whose own efforts to stay viable have been robust -- was not able to achieve acceptable and sustainable financial performance."

The statement added: "The synod must continually evaluate how it allocates its limited resources in the face of so many worthy mission-and-ministry opportunities both at home and abroad. This often requires the synod’s Board of Directors to make difficult decisions in following the principles of wise and faithful, Scripture-mandated stewardship.

Concordia was founded -- as the Alabama Lutheran Academy -- in Selma in 1922. Rosa J. Young, known as "the mother of black Lutheranism in America," started the college.

The college has about 400 students. More than 90 percent are black, and more than 90 percent are eligible for Pell Grants, meaning that they are from low-income families.

The statement on closure noted that Concordia Alabama "has hardly been alone in facing such difficulties. In recent years, many small, private, liberal arts colleges have closed owing to financial pressures and other factors, such as low enrollments and small endowments. Religiously affiliated colleges have been particularly hard hit, as have historically black colleges and universities."

Atlantic Union College, in Massachusetts, will also close this year, its board announced Wednesday. The college is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: Several Universities May Be Implicated in Basketball Probe, New Report Suggests

A report by Yahoo Sports suggests that a federal investigation of bribery in college basketball could involve at least 20 big-time programs.

Chronicle of Higher Education: How Russian Trolls Used Higher Ed to Sow Discord Online

At least 129 Twitter accounts associated with the Kremlin-aligned propaganda outfit Internet Research Agency tweeted and retweeted about issues pertinent to higher education from 2015 to 2017, accor

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Academics and researchers drive smart city project

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:32
Increasing pressure from population growth and rapid expansion of urban areas has spurred the Algerian government into using information and communications technology (ICT) to develop a new model ...

Diverse responses to open education

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:26
Educators in Asia's diverse higher education sector are increasingly calling for educational resources that are more affordable for students, have undergone stringent quality assurance processes, ...

The challenge of open and accessible education

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:24
Many South American students face severe infrastructural and resource challenges in accessing tertiary education. Obstacles include a lack of affordable textbooks, computers and broadband connecti ...

Opportunities and obstacles for open education

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:22
Given the social, financial and infrastructural challenges facing many African universities, could the provision of free and open educational materials to students and educators improve higher edu ...

The South joins a global conversation on open education

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:20
A 21-country study aimed at understanding how open educational resources (OER) can improve access, enhance quality and reduce education costs in the Global South not only fills a major gap in empi ...

University admissions reform - What effect will it have?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:14
Both public and private universities in Kenya are suffering from significantly reduced student intakes following government changes to university admissions policies which have resulted in a drop ...

Islamic universities have role in fighting extremism

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:12
In January Uzbekistan unveiled a new university, Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, devoted to Islamic studies which, according to the ...

The challenge to higher education internationalisation

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:10
The global landscape for higher education internationalisation is changing dramatically. What one might call 'the era of higher education internationalisation' over the past 25 years (1990-2015) t ...

Espionage and denial - Breaking the silence of the lambs

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:08
News of alleged Chinese espionage at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been circulating for the past several weeks. The reports triggered a rather long public ...

Africa failing to address linguistic imperialism

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:06
February 21 was the 18th annual International Mother Language Day. 2018 marks also the 10th anniversary of the United Nations' International Year of Languages. Last year the Pan South African Lang ...

Foreign students' tuition fees are a double-edged sword

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:04
The existence and level of tuition fees are among the most hotly debated issues in current higher education policy discussions. At least 10 OECD countries have implemented reforms in this area sin ...

How are universities creating the leaders they need?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:02
Strong leadership and management have never been more important in higher education. The pace of global change is extremely fast, new technologies are transforming higher education and geopolitics ...

Internationalism in an era of ultra-nationalism?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 08:00
Over recent weeks there has been a flurry of statements and announcements about 'opening the Indonesian tertiary education sector to foreign universities'. I have seen this discourse ebb and flow ...