Is this the college/university of the future?

May 22nd, 2018 by

Is this the college/university of the future?

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In my last blog I listed some of the characteristics of the college/university students of the future. This blog will focus on the college/university in the future.

 

The college/university in the future will:

Merge with another college or university

Offer combined degrees with other national and international colleges and universities

Incorporate technology into all facets of learning, including active learning classrooms, data analytics, predictive analytics, student success planning systems, streamed videos and blogs

Offer virtual reality recruitment tours to re-place in-person admission tours

Create web-based platforms to provide admission deans with real-time information on the students likely to enroll

Incorporate artificial intelligence into all facets of the academy and administrative functions

Recognize competency-based credits

Participate in the alternative credit program created by the American Council on Education

Partner with area companies and businesses to offer online courses

Offer online and classroom instruction year-round

Replace lecture halls with study labs

Incorporate technology into educational delivery, including streamed videos and blogs

Enroll fewer international students on campus but more online

Participate in the University Innovation Alliance to graduate more students at lower costs

Create new transcripts that will list students’ competencies, in addition to courses

Hire a Chief Innovation officer

Re-structure administrative functions to create synergy and collapse entrenched silos

In 2005 I wrote a book, Ten Trends in Higher Education. This is what I predicted 13 years ago:

Higher education providers will become more numerous and more diverse

Students will study year-round

Telecommunication options will become standard practice, with students taking classes at home, on campus, everywhere, anytime

Technological capabilities will encourage the rise of global universities

Women, minorities and adult learners will dominate higher education enrollments

Federal and state funding for higher education will decrease

Asian students will overtake European students on American colleges and universities

The United States will continue to lose market share of international students

International students will opt to study closer to home

The United States will compete with several other countries for the international student market

Traditional colleges will not disappear but they will change organizationally and will be managed differently

College credits will include credits from MOOC courses, AP courses and IB courses

The fall and spring semesters will be relics of the past

Students will have transcripts from more than one school

Colleges and universities will partner with businesses to meet the needs of the changing global economy

While it is foolish to predict the future, I think you would agree that most of the predictions I made in 2005 are reality in 2018.

Perhaps the same will be true of the predictions I made in this article?

Is this the colleege/university student of the future?

May 8th, 2018 by

Is this the college/university student of the future?

“Painting a vision with words carries the argument.”    C.S. Lewis

 

I don’t know if I will succeed in convincing you, the reader, that college and university students of the future will be very different from what they are today, but I shall try.

The U.S. college/university student in the future will be:

“Phigital”

Older and female

 Hispanic and Asian

Attend school closer to home

Learn in study labs, not lecture halls

Learn using podcasts, blogs, and streamlined videos

Attend several schools and have multiple transcripts

Graduate with a double major

Graduate with stackable credentials

Enroll in schools with robust career counseling programs, job placements at graduation and manageable debt levels

Take courses online and on-campus

Take at least one Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Attend classes year-round

Study abroad either in the summer or for one semester

Participate in at least one internship program

Graduate with stackable credentials

Have multiple transcripts listing competencies

Lifelong learners

Take certificate and continuing education courses after graduation

 

I don’t know if the picture I have attempted to paint with the words in this article has convinced you that the college student of tomorrow, and by extension, the college and university of the future, will be different from what it is today. But I tried.

My next blog will attempt to define the college and university of the future. Stay tuned.

Will the United States continue to enroll more international students by 2020?

April 24th, 2018 by

 

Will the United States continue to enroll more international students by 2020?

 

Background

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, international students contributed nearly $40 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 and supported more than 450,000 jobs. Dr. Dick Startz, an economics professor at the University of Santa Barbara, puts the figure even higher at $50 billion.

According to the Institute for International Education the United States has led the world in the number of enrolled international students since records have been compiled.

However, there is ample evidence to suggest that this may be changing.  The number of international students enrolled on U.S. colleges and universities declined by four percent between 2016 and 2017.  On the graduate level, the number of international students enrolled in science and engineering decreased by 14,730, or six percent between 2016 and 2017.

The latest statistics from the State Department indicate a 17 percent decline in 2017 in the number of F-1 visas issued to international students, a 28 percent decline in the number of visas granted to Indian students and a 24 percent decline in visas issued to Chinese students. A combined 78,000 ewer international students were granted visas in 2017 compared with 2016.

The reasons for the decline are many: increased competition from other countries, especially Canada, Australia, China and Southeast Asian countries. The U.S. Muslim travel ban, greater scrutiny by consular officials of student visa applicants, uncertainty about the regulations for international students to work after graduation under the Optional Practical Training program, difficulty to obtain H-1B visas and the uncertainty over potentially new regulations that may limit the number of visas granted to Chinese students. (In 2016-17 Chinese students accounted for a third of all international students studying in the United States and contributed $ 12 billion to the U.S. economy.)

Many colleges and universities in the United States rely heavily on the income from international students to subsidize national students to meet enrollment and financial goals. The schools with brand name recognition will likely continue to enroll the number of foreign students they want or need. But second and third-tier institutions, both public and private, are most likely to experience declines in the number of international students enrolling on their campuses.

I, for one, believe that in time the United States will lose, or share, the number one spot with other countries who are aggressively and successfully enrolling a greater share of internationally mobile students. China, with nearly a half million students enrolled on Chinese campuses today and with the One Belt One Road educational initiatives in countries worldwide, may, in time, take over the number one spot in international student enrollments.  

 

In 2020 which country will enroll more international students?

April 10th, 2018 by

In 2020 which country will enroll more international students?

 

“They gave their exits and their entrances”  

William Shakespeare

 

Could it be that this quote from the great bard will apply to the exit of the U.S. and the U.K. as the leading importers of international students and the entrance of China as their replacement?

Heresy? Iconoclastic? Maybe not.

Let’s examine some facts.

In 2017 China ranked third, after the U.S. and the U.K., in the number of international students studying in China. According to a report published by the Center for China and Globalization, a major Chinese think tank, China enrolled approximately 443,000 international students in 2016 and has set a goal of enrolling 500,000 by 2020. China could easily reach that goal this year, two years ahead of schedule.

China’s US $5 trillion investment in the One Belt One Road program is laying the groundwork for China to create a future network of students to enroll in Chinese universities, to set up exchange programs and research collaborations and establish branch campuses in Belt and Road countries.

China’s Belt and Road initiative provides scholarships for students from the 65 countries along the famous Silk Road. Of the top 15 countries enrolling in China, 10 were students from Belt and Road countries and a total of 10,000 scholarships are available to students from Belt and Road countries.

Last year, the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs, issued a circular on establishing a nationwide system to grant easier approval for foreigners to work in China and students to remain in China to work after graduation.

China’s Asian Universities Alliance will strengthen collaborations in both Southeast Asia and Africa. An estimated 80,000 students studying in China are from Southeast Asian countries. The majority of these students have received scholarships to study in China. Many Southeast Asian students regard a degree earned in China as leading to better job prospects after graduation.

Contrast these initiatives with recent higher education regulations from both the U.S. and the U.K. that reflect a narrow provincialism focusing on tighter borders, less funding and a generally unwelcoming atmosphere.

Has China’s time come to dominate the world stage, including higher education? Is the U.S. and the U.K.’s dominance both in world affairs and higher education over? “They have their exits and their entrances.”

 

Where are International Students Enrolling?

March 27th, 2018 by

Snapshot: Where are international students enrolling?

I don’t think it necessary to wait until fall 2018 enrollment numbers are known to predict which countries will continue to increase their market share of international students.

Let’s begin with Australia

According to data published in October 2017, international student enrollment increased by 13 percent over the previous year and contributed AUS$29 billion to the Australian economy.

In January of this year Indonesia announced that it will open its doors to foreign universities looking to operate in the country. One of the countries that should benefit from this ruling is Australia. Two top Australian universities, the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland, have already expressed interest in operating in Indonesia.

Australia has emerged as the preferred destination for Indian students, a direct response, it is reported, to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the UK and the US. The number of Indian students studying in Australia has soared to a seven-year high. As of November 2017, more than 68,000 Indian students were studying in Australia colleges and universities, an increase of 14.65 percent over the previous year.

Canada

The enrollment of Indian students in Canadian universities has been steadily increasing since 2015. By 2016, enrollment topped 100,000, an increase of 63 percent.  

Enrollments from China have also increased over the past three years. The Canadian government has opened seven new visa centers in China to accommodate the increasing demand from Chinese students.

South Korea

For the past three years international student enrollments in South Korea have increased. In 2017 enrollment increased 19 percent over the previous year. South Korea now hosts nearly 125,000 international students. China remains the most important market for South Korean colleges and universities. 55 percent of all international students studying in South Korea are Chinese.

Taiwan

In 2016, the Taiwanese government developed a “New Southbound Policy,” aimed at closer collaboration with ASEAN countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

By 2017 the number of Taiwanese students studying in ASEAN countries increased 13.5 percent. The number of students from southbound countries enrolling in Taiwanese colleges and universities increased by nearly 10 percent.

Germany

Germany’s international student enrollment increased for the 2016-17 academic year and totaled 360,000. In the prior year, the number was 340,000. Germany has set a target of enrolling 350,000 students by 2020, a target that appears to be easily reached.

I do not wish to perform cosmetic surgery on the truth. But the facts speak for themselves: the pivot to Asia has occurred and colleges and universities in “traditional” Western countries will no longer enroll international students in the numbers they have over the past quarter century.