Economic Gains for U.S. States from Educational Reform

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Jessica Poiner

“It’s often argued that improving education will improve the nation’s economy. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research not only affirms this argument but also demonstrates just how big the economic effects of school improvement could be…If every state improved to the level of Minnesota, the top-performing state from the past two decades, the U.S. economy would grow by $76 trillion by 2095 (the end of the projection period).”(more)

4 Trends Shaping Higher Education in 2016

EdSurge – Tim Coley, Ph.D

“What changes will 2016 bring? The answers are complex, especially in an environment where the definition of what it means to be a “student” (18-to-21 years old, living on campus) now encompasses more non-traditional learners who range in age, occupation, location and needs…I remain optimistic as ever about the future of higher education in 2016 and beyond; it’s already been elevated to a national conversation. Some of the country’s brightest minds are devoting countless hours to ensuring higher education is more accessible, affordable and effective. As our definition of higher education evolves, so too will the solutions that support increasingly diverse learners.”(more)

College established to fight terrorism

China Daily- Du Juan/Cui Jia

“China’s first educational institute of its kind focusing on counterterrorism law has been created at a university in Northwest China, which aims to build a pool of legal experts to help China combat terrorism.
The institute was set up by the Northwest University of Political Science and Law in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, and is expected to receive its first class of undergraduates in spring semester.
“To better fight terrorism under new circumstances, China has an urgent and strategic need for a team of qualified experts who have comprehensive knowledge in the field,” Jia Yu, president of the university, said at the launching ceremony for the institute on Saturday.”(more)

Universities to introduce quotas for first-time applicants

The Helsinki Times – Jussi Niemeläinen

“IN the future, universities and other higher education institutions must reserve study places for applicants who have not accepted a study place in a degree programme or completed a degree in a Finnish higher education institution.
The obligation is set forth in a proposal presented for parliamentary consideration on 14 November by the Government as part of its structural policy programme.
The objective of the proposal is to increase the share of first-time applicants who receive a study place and, thereby, to expedite the transition of young people from secondary to tertiary education, says Immo Aakkula, a counsellor at the Ministry of Science and Education. Higher education institutions will also be obliged to accept transfer students – that is, students transferring from one institution or degree programme to another – and to grant them credits for their previous studies. Transfer students, in turn, will be obliged to forgo their previous study place upon their transfer to another institution or degree programme.”(more)

Parents’ groups praise Malcolm Turnbull for moving childcare back into education portfolio

News Corp Australia Network- Lauren Wilson

“CHILDCARE has been moved out of social services and back into the education portfolio in a move welcomed by the sector as recognition that early learning is an not just a welfare issue. Simon Birmingham has been appointed Minster for Education in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new look ministry, a role that will also see the South Australian Senator take control of the government’s $4.4 billion childcare reforms.”(more)

7 Secrets Of Successful School Reform – And One Warning

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“London, New York, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Ho Chi Minh City – five very different cities with a common thread: they have all experienced successful education reform. Now researchers have teased out the secrets of that success to identify the shared themes that they believe underpin a reversal in fortunes. While the researchers warn that their findings do not represent a blueprint for reform, they do provide a good starting point for intervention, particularly in an urban setting…A close examination of the progress made in each jurisdiction revealed that despite wide differences in culture, school system and testing regimes, there were seven factors that they held in common:”(more)