- UK: Staff Wellbeing Raises Student Satisfaction
- Africa: Mobility of African Students
- US: Voice of the Graduate: McKinsey Report
- Australia: Elite Institutions to Degree Factories?
The focus on students, staff in our universities can feel demoralised and disempowered. A 2012 survey on occupational stress carried out by the University and College Union found that staff in British universities are more stressed now than in 2008, and experience considerably higher average levels of stress relating to the demands made on them at work than the British working population as a whole.Has the balance of power shifted from staff to students? Do academics increasingly feel under scrutiny from managers and under pressure to perform in the National Student Survey? Students rate in detail their satisfaction with their lecturers – the quality of teaching, their ability to explain the subject and make it interesting, their assessment and feedback on students’ work, and their availability to students.
How many African students go abroad to study? Where do they choose to go? What higher education projects are China and other non-African countries doing on the continent? What is the state of Africa’s intra-regional student mobility? The French government’s Campus France agency answers these and many other questions in its Note La Mobilité des Étudiants d’Afrique Sub-Saharienne et du Maghreb, which focuses on the international mobility of students from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb – with emphasis on France’s contacts and activities.There were 380,376 African students on the move in 2010, representing about a tenth of all international students worldwide and 6% of all African students, says the note. France was the destination for the greatest share with 111,195, or 29.2% of the total.
There’s a paradox facing American society today. The demonstrable economic benefit of investing in higher education has never been greater. Research in the United States shows an enduring positive impact on earnings directly associated with the level of post-secondary learning a person attains. And research from around the world shows a link between college education and levels of individual and national well-being more broadly. Yet at the same time, as the survey discussed in this report will show, this potential does not appear to be fully realized in the lived experience of many recent graduates.
- Nearly half of graduates from four-year colleges say they are in jobs that don’t require a four-year degree.
- Half of all graduates express regrets, saying they would pick a different major or school if they had to do it all over again
- The types of jobs for which demand is growing are different now than they were 20 years ago, and they increasingly require specialized skills that graduates are not acquiring to a sufficient degree.
Australia’s position on Asia’s doorstep and its ability to offer quality, English-speaking university courses to the region has made it a major player in the global education market. Rear Vision looks at the astonishing growth of Australia’s universities, and why students are being asked to carry more debt while revenue from foreign students seems to be increasing. Australia’s universities will take a financial hit to fund the Gonski reforms, and yesterday the new federal education minister Kim Carr admitted that targets to grow university enrolments may have to be scrapped.There is a limit to everything, and some may now be asking – have our universities, which have expanded rapidly for the last few decades, grown too large?