October 2006

(From ACE web site, 10.16.06)

Washington, DC (October 16, 2006)—Trends in international student enrollment reveal a shifting market that could dramatically impact the United States’ position as the destination of choice for the largest group of international students, a new issue brief released by the American Council on Education (ACE) finds (read more here).

Among the Key Highlights:

  • In 2004, there were 2.5 million international students worldwide, a 56 percent increase from 1999 when there were 1.68 million international students. By 2025, it is projected that there will be 7.2 million international students.
  • Declines in the U.S. market share of international students in the past five years have been accompanied by steady increases in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.
  • International student enrollment in the United States peaked in 2002-03 and then declined in the following two years by 2.4 percent and 1.3 percent, falling from 586,323 in 2002-03 to 565,039 in 2004-05.
  • Among the top six host countries, the United States had the weakest growth in international enrollment from 1999-2000 to 2004-05. While international student enrollment grew by nearly 17 percent in the United States, it grew by 29 percent in the United Kingdom, 46 percent in Germany, 81 percent in France, 42 percent in Australia, and 108 percent in Japan.


  • Students on the Move: The Future of International Students in the United States is available as a PDF document on the ACE web site. (read ACE Issue brief here)

(From The Union-Tribune by Eleanor Yang Su, 10.26.2006)

College tuition and fees continued to rise across the country this year, outpacing grant aid for students and leading to an unprecedented reliance on private and unsubsidized federal loans, according to a report released yesterday by the College Board.
Tuition and fees at public and private universities rose an average of 6 percent this year, a rate that continues to slow from the double-digit increases of a few years ago. Adjusted for inflation, tuition and fees have jumped 35 percent for public university students in the past five years – the largest jump for any five-year period in 30 years(…)
Reasons cited for the increases are rises in utility prices and fringe benefits, along with a dip in state and local appropriations. (read more here)

(From: Interpress Service New Agency by Daniela Estrada,10.27.06)
[Daniela Estrada writes]Latin America is the developing region that has made the most progress in early childhood education, although improvement has been uneven, says the new global monitoring report on Education for All (EFA) 2007 (read more here).

(From UNESCO Education Portal, 10.26.06)

Latin America and the Caribbean leads the developing world in the provision of pre-school education, according to the annual Education for All Global Monitoring Report, published by UNESCO today. However, despite well-documented benefits for child development and well-being, the Report finds that this area remains the forgotten link in the education chain in many regions, and that half the world’s countries have no early childhood care and education policy for children under age three.gmr_en_250.jpg Early childhood care and education, the first of six Education for All goals the world is committed to achieving by 2015, is the theme of this edition of the Report. The study also includes an assessment of progress towards the other five objectives, showing a marked acceleration in primary school enrolments, for both boys and girls, and an increase in aid to education, offset in several countries by a decline in national education spending. (read more here)

This website, sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation, contains resources for support K-12 teachers. The Inside Teaching website has:

The site indicates is intention to become “an environment of learning, a ‘living archive’ that relies upon the contributions of visitors in order to grow and to thrive.” (read more here)


Inside Teaching Website

(From:  Chronicle Daily News Blog, 10.21.06)
Internal military documents released on Thursday provide new details on the Pentagon’s efforts to monitor antiwar protests on college campuses. The documents, which were obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a Freedom of Information Act request, include an update on “why the Students for Peace and Justice represent a potential threat” to Department of Defense personnel (read more).

Read also: The New Unesco Courier, No 3, October 2003: Universities under surveillance

(From: The Guardian by Jonathan Watts, 10.26.06)

[Jonathan Watts writes] Riot police have been sent to a college campus in China after a protest by students led to looting and vandalism. The violence at the Clothing Vocational College in Jiangxi province was the second case of serious campus unrest in less than six months to be sparked by accusations that profit-orientated education authorities had deceived students about the value of their diplomas.( ….)Such problems are increasingly common in the market-driven education system, where many prestigious state-run institutions have established subsidiary – and often legally murky – private schools to generate more income. According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, education, formerly free, is now the biggest expense for the average household.One report by the academy noted that the commercialisation of education had led to “a serious collapse of its public reputation” (read more here).

(From The Washingtonpost by Reuters, 10.25.06)

[ Reuter writes] China’s state television aired a lengthy investigative report on Monday on how the privately run college had recruited about 20,000 students, well above approved quotas, in the past three years by promising them diplomas it was not qualified to award.Private colleges have boomed in China in the past decade, accommodating those who fail to be admitted into prestigious state universities in fiercely competitive entrance exams. But private schools are badly regulated (read more here).

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