White matter, gray matter, regional volumes, neural activity, fiber architecture, bilateral symmetry, connectivity, plasticity. The vocabulary of neuroscience is a cornucopia of terms to describe the complexities of a 3-pound organ. Hidden from view by a bony shell, our brains orchestrate a symphony of chemical, electrical, and mechanical interactions to produce the behaviors that define our individuality and humanity. While the brain is the source of our every thought and movement, this complex organ is also changed by the very experiences it creates. This dynamic loop is crucial to our ability to learn, evolve, develop, and know.
We are because we respond. We are because we change.
Chinese students are flocking to American higher education institutions. Nearly 275,000 students from China studied in the United States in 2013/14, an increase of 16.5% from the previous year.
For the fifth consecutive year, Chinese students were the largest national group among America’s international student population, and fuelling this growth is a massive surge in the popularity of American undergraduate programmes.
A new student mobility report finds that the number of Indian students going overseas was up sharply in 2014.
This reverses a four-year trend of declining student numbers from India and, given the current scale and growth projections for Indian outbound, sets up in an interesting competitive dynamic among the world's leading English-speaking destinations.
students International student applications to US graduate schools are up modestly this year, driven largely by surging student numbers from India, strong demand for advanced science and engineering programmes, and the continuing drawing power of American research universities.
Definitely something American students need to understand. Those that are willing to learn and value it will reap the rewards. I don't believe everyone should go to college, but I do believe a culture must value intellectual growth if it is to survive in a global economy. Those who are prepared and invested in their future deserve the rewards.
Repair of UNC Chapel Hill's reputation is a long slog away, other schools should take note.
Tracey Vickery's insight:
With only 5 athletic departments in the country making money, and 18 total breaking even, we are throwing money down a rabbit hole. While other countries are funding the intellectual development of their young people, we are ignoring the pleas of our employers...send us capable, talented young people. When is the last time you heard an economist say, "Where will we find our next generation of athletes?"
Danielle Henderson spent six years and $60,000 on college and beyond. The effects of that education? Not as advertised.
Tracey Vickery's insight:
Such a depressing topic. Our entire nation will pay the price for this. These students will not buy cars, houses, etc. When you base your entire economic success on consumerism, then you remove consumers, you fail. These kids will not have their own kids, nor will debt help create partner appeal. Who will marry someone who is $100K in debt? This is definitely the fault of our higher ed system, our legislators (who are too far removed from communities to understand the real problems unis and students face), and a society that never protests for anything of substance.
As we know from global climate change, threatening a person's existence will not motivate him to change. The same theory can be applied to higher education, according to this reflection from a faculty member who saw his college closed and shuttered.
The University of California system is doing the most for low-income students, according to the College Access Index, a new ranking system designed to highlight an aspect of colleges that too often remains hidden: economic diversity.
Eight years ago, ancient in digital years, media scholar Henry Jenkins, with assistance from Katie Clinton, Ravi Purushotma, Alice J.
Tracey Vickery's insight:
Definitely need to cut the discussion and do something about this. We model behavior for young people. We wonder why there is a need for a bullying campaign? They learn it from us. Online just allows them to see how widely accepted bullying is.
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