U.S.: President Signs New Travel Ban Targeting 6 Muslim-Majority Countries
On March 6th, the president signed a revised travel ban based on an executive order from late January that was hastily executed and ultimately blocked by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
U.S.: Students Return as Travel Ban Temporarily Halted
On February 3rd, a Federal District Court judge temporarily blocked the president’s executive order barring entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
U.S. Government Funds Study Abroad Scholarships for Community College Students
The federal government is funding ca. 2,800 scholarships this academic year to encourage community college students to study abroad.
U.S.: Foreign College Chains Eye Opportunities to Buy U.S. Campuses
India-based college chain Amity Colleges abandoned plans to buy two colleges in the U.S., one in New York City, and the other in the Boston area, after the Massachusetts attorney general expressed concerns.
U.S.: Department of Education Expands Scope of Crackdown on Accreditation
Accreditation issues take center stage in the U.S., as the federal government steps up oversight and accountability of national and regional college accreditors.
Canada: A New Trend? Canadian Universities Seek U.S. Accreditation
In July, the U.S.-based Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) granted accreditation to Canada-based Burnaby’s Simon Fraser University (SFU). Other applications from Canadian institutions seeking U.S. accreditation are pending.
Brazil Dominates Latin America University Rankings
Times Higher Education (THE) released a pilot ranking of the top ten universities in Latin America. The rankings rely on the same performance indicators as those used to rank universities worldwide.
Tuition Costs Increase at U.S. Public Institutions; Funding per Student Drops
U.S. public colleges and universities are spending drastically less on students, according to a report conducted by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
Visa Fraud and Dollar-Driven Recruitment Practices Throw a Spotlight on Unethical Agents
A federal sting involving a shell ‘university’ resulted in 21 arrests and uncovered more than 1,000 cases of visa fraud; pressure to fill seats (and coffers) led one institution to partner with an-India based agency promising “spot admissions” to unqualified international students.
U of California turning to nonresidents for revenue
University of California campuses have been offering admission to a growing number of out-of-state students according to a state auditor report. UC officials have pointed to large budget cuts…