QSIU HE Digest – Obama & Accreditation

  • US: Obama & Accreditation
  • Canada: B-Schools Join Forces
  • Ecuador: Aftermath of Quality Control
  • India: Universities Need Leaders

President Obama didn’t mention accreditation in his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. But in a supplemental document released after the speech,the president made it clear that he is seeking major changes in the accountability system for higher education. In the middle of the nine-page document, “The President’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class and a Strong America,” Mr. Obama laid out his broad intent to hold “colleges accountable for cost, value, and quality,” including a call to set benchmarks for affordability and student outcomes as criteria for receiving federal student financial aid. Regional and national accreditors are now the primary gatekeepers for access to those dollars. New benchmarks could be incorporated “into the existing accreditation system,” the plan states, or created “by establishing a new, alternative system of accreditation that would provide pathways for higher-education models and colleges to receive federal student aid based on performance and results.”

Full Story: The Chronicle

Canada’s top business schools announced that they were banding together to market the country as the place to take an MBA. The new “Canadian MBA Alliance” will embrace all of the nation’s leading providers: McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business, University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, York University’s Schulich School of Business, and Queen’s School of Business.Of course, this sort of consortium is not a totally new idea. A group of top U.S. business schools—Cornell, Darden, Duke, Haas, NYU, Ross, and Yale—have worked together to stage joint information events. Several top Asian schools—the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Indian
School of Business, Nanyang Business School in Singapore, and CEIBS in China—have cooperated to market their corner of the world as a business education hub.However, what makes the Canadian move interesting is the fact that the country is already very successful at attracting foreign students, thanks in no small degree to its liberal immigration policy and enlightened attitudes toward racial and cultural diversity.

Full Story: Businessweek

Ecuador’s higher education sector is on track again after the dramatic 12 April 2012 suspension of 14 higher education institutions that did not meet quality standards set by the government.The contingency plan for displaced students, academics and administrative staff is working well, while the remaining 57 higher education bodies are bracing themselves for a new round of accreditation and internal and external assessments.Ninety-seven percent of the 41,000 students who applied for the government’s contingency plan were admitted. Those who chose to finish their studies at their institution of origin (under temporary administrators) will be graduating this month.

A global survey of the academic community on the leadership challenges faced by the Indian higher education system has revealed that the sector is facing shortage of capable leaders with 92% of the respondents saying that this trend is expected to continue until 2020. Just 5% of the respondents said that there was no paucity of leaders.The results of the survey were unveiled at the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI), a national body of over 500 higher education institutions, summit on developing transformational leaders for Indian higher education on Thursday.Nearly 81% of the respondents pointed to a serious gap between the existing pool and the requirement of academic leaders to meet 12th Five Year Plan and India Vision 2020 for Higher Education sector. Only 18% respondents said that there is moderate gap between the expected demand and the available pool

Full Story: Times of India


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