“Expanding higher education systems are ready for partnerships”
Latin American higher education institutions have made headlines for their recent advancements in the tertiary education world. Over the past few decades, enrollment in these institutions has grown and the number of students attending college is projected to reach approximately 60 million by 2035. Studies that have analyzed higher education institutions from a market perspective have noted that Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina have stood out overall as educational leaders. Other countries have ranked well in certain areas, such as Uruguay for it’s increased business sector, and Costa Rica for high life expectancy. Overall, these Latin American countries have particular interests in vocational programs and high-technology training. Study abroad opportunities and partnerships from international institutions would greatly benefit this growing educational sector. However, each country displays a different degree of interest in developing these international educational relationships.
“Medical-Education Groups Will Pursue Unified Accreditation System”
http://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/Portals/0/PDFs/10-24-2012PressRelease.pdf [press release]
In the world of medical education, the Big Three (The Accreditation for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine) have announced the decision to pursue a unified accreditation effort in July of 2015. Over the coming months the ACGME will develop a timeline and guidelines for this accreditation process. The organizations are working towards streamlining this process to help both M.D. and D.O. candidates receive a higher quality level of medical education in the future. By transitioning to this single, unified system, physicians would be provided with a uniform level of practice. This would make things such as residency placement, and evaluation of resident competency, much more consistent than they currently are.
“Student-Success Courses Hold Promise but Need Improvement, Study Finds”
Over eight-seven percent of institutions across the United States offer College 101 courses. These courses, which cover a broad range of topics, are under recent scrutiny. A study by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College brought conclusions to light that stated many of these courses must “strengthened” to have the desired effect. The study found that courses are too broad, and can benefit from better resources. Whether these resources mean a more appropriate faculty member, or increasing the credit to allow to more time to delve into topics, it is clear some alterations need to happen for students to reap the benefits of this resource.
“Why Focus Groups Kill Innovation, From the Design Behind Swiffer”
And for your creative component of the week, Fast Company Design posted an article this week asking how many ideas you have had sitting around a table during a brainstorming meeting. If the answer is many, you are one of the lucky few. The article goes on to discuss how focus groups are killing innovation because they often create a box for people to think inside of. It goes on to explain that true innovation should focus on changing the experience, and focus groups can be used to fine tune. So our question to you is, how does this relate to the world of higher education? How can this practice be used to benefit your students?
That’s it for tonight. Join us next week as the other half of the dynamic duo, Shawn Brackett hosts another edition of Daily Dose. Happy Thursday!