Americas

WENR, October 2016: Americas

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.


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WENR, September, 2016: Americas

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.


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WENR: July/August, 2016: Americas

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.


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WENR: June, 2016: Americas

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.


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WENR, May 2016: Americas

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.


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WENR, April 2016: Americas

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…


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WENR, March 2016: Americas

Chicago State University issues campuswide pink slips

Chicago State, one of nine public Illinois universities that have not received state funding for eight months, issued blanket layoff notices to all its employees in February.


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WENR, February 2016: Americas

As the global race for international students heats up, U.S. institutions face steep odds

With international student enrollments expected to skyrocket in the next decade, The Economist speculates that the U.S. higher ed sector may lose ground. Their reasoning…


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WENR, December 2015: Americas

Latin America English proficiency initiatives pay off

Government-backed initiatives to improve English proficiency in Latin America are paying off as the region improves its results in the latest English Proficiency Index from EF…


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WENR, November 2015: Americas

Exposing the dangers of fictitious study abroad programs

Students visiting a BMI fair in Brazil last month were offered fictitious study abroad options by children’s charity UNICEF, in order to highlight the struggles…


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