Category Archives: Global

What’s happening abroad—and how it affects U.S. colleges.


Turkey’s Education Board Tells 1,577 University Deans to Resign

Turkey’s Higher Education Board has demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans as part of a larger dismissal of employees at dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt on July 15, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The deans are at private as well as state universities.

Several hundred employees were dismissed from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, and thousands have been suspended from the military, the police, and the Finance Ministry, reported Reuters.

The govern…


Berkeley Student Is Among Those Killed in Terror Attack in France

The University of California at Berkeley reported on Sunday that one of its students was among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.

The 20-year-old student, Nicolas Leslie, had been participating in a summer entrepreneurship program in Nice. He had been unaccounted for until Sunday, when his death was reported to campus officials by the FBI, the university said in a news release.

“This is tragic, devastating news,” Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, s…


U. of Wisconsin Student Who Was Missing in Rome Is Found Dead

The body of a University of Wisconsin at Madison student who went missing shortly after he arrived in Rome last week was found in the Tiber River on Monday, according to an Associated Press report and a statement from the university.

The student was identified as 19-year-old Beau Solomon. He had just completed his first year as a personal-finance major at Madison and was in Rome to attend an exchange program at John Cabot University, an English-language institution based there.

Officials at Joh…


3 Students at American Universities Are Among Victims of Terrorist Attack

[Last updated, 7/2/2016, 11:54 p.m.]

Three students at American universities were among the 22 victims of Islamic State terrorists on Friday in Bangladesh, according to reports in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other news outlets.

Two were studying at Emory University, and one was at the University of California at Berkeley. All three knew one another, and were presumably dining together at the restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, that was the target of the attackers.

In a wr…


Private Urban Universities Beat Rivals in Enrollment and Revenue Growth, Moody’s Says

Private urban universities are outperforming their rural and suburban counterparts in enrollment and revenue growth, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Private urban universities can use their locations to their advantages and attract more international students, graduate students, and students in continuing-education programs, according to the credit-rating agency’s report.

Enrollment at private urban universities rated by Moody’s grew 34 percent from 2000 to 2015, compar…


For-Profit Coalition Seeks to Bolster the Flipped-Classroom Approach

A new company is seeking to tap what it sees as a rich vein of research and a lucrative global market for an approach to teaching and learning called flipped learning.

A flipped classroom describes a wide range of educational methods, like just-in-time teaching, peer instruction, and the use of clickers. Advocates of the approach tend to share the conviction that students should engage actively with course material during class instead of listening to a lecture.

In other countries, flipped learn…


Anthropology Group Narrowly Rejects Resolution on Israel Boycott

Members of the American Anthropological Association have narrowly voted to reject a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, Inside Higher Ed has reported.

Fifty-one perfect of the association’s members voted on the resolution, with 2,423 members opposing it and 2,384 supporting it. Last fall a much smaller group of members voted at the association’s annual meeting to support the resolution.

The association said in a news release that its board had approved a series of …


Thousands Mark Tiananmen Anniversary in Hong Kong, Minus Student Groups

The Associated Press is reporting that student groups dropped out of this year’s vigil in Hong Kong marking the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Chinese government troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators, including students, in Beijing.

The vigil, which organizers said attracted 125,000 this year, annually commemorates the June 4, 1989, crackdown by the Chinese military against a student-led reform movement. The Hong Kong student groups that participated …


U. of Iowa Cheating Investigation Focuses on Chinese Companies

The University of Iowa suspects that about 30 Chinese students paid Chinese companies to take their online examinations for them, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Last week Iowa began investigations after ProctorU, the company that Iowa uses to verify online courses, found potential inconsistencies in students’ identities for one or more exams.

According to Reuters, three of the Chinese students suspected of cheating admitted to the news service that they had hired Chinese-run groups to take tests…


Justice Dept. Changes Counterespionage Tactics After Wrongful Arrest of Temple U. Professor

The U.S. Justice Department has announced a new national-security protocol meant to prevent cases like those that have misidentified Chinese-Americans as spies, The New York Times reports.

Last September the department dropped such charges against Xi Xiaoxing, a Temple University physicist who was accused in May 2015 of selling secrets to his native China.

Mr. Xi was at least the fifth Chinese-American arrested and wrongfully suspected of economic espionage in a little more than a year.

Now, acc…