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A British Council study, The Shape of International Education to 2025, predicts that China will remain the number one sender of international students to other countries in 2025, followed by India. Also at that ten-year mark, however, India will have the largest number of 18–22-year-olds poised to enter higher education – 119 million (an increase of 3.9 million students over 2012) – and China will have the second largest at 80 million (down from more than 115 million in 2012). The report highlights that the world’s leading study destinations – the US and UK – will continue to see their market share of internationally mobile students decline through 2025. This is largely a result of emerging study destinations claiming a greater share of international students, and of the increasing proportion of geo-local mobility. For example, 26% of Arab students studying abroad in 2012 did so within the Middle East (a jump from 12% in 1999).

The University Innovation Alliance, a group of 11 research institutions across the country, is on track to meet its goal of increasing the number of graduates at its universities by 20% by the 2022-23 academic year. The alliance institutions will graduate 94,000 more students than they would have absent their involvement in the group, which asks institutions to graduate more students, focus on their success across the socioeconomic spectrum, share data and innovate together. The alliance formed in 2014 and its major focus areas in the first two years have been predictive analytics and intensive advising as mentor institutions bring members up to speed and "student success teams" work on each campus to get closer to goals identified by a committee of leaders across all universities in the alliance.

Higher education leaders have shifted focus from reducing costs and driving efficiencies toward using technology to enhance competitive advantage and support emerging business models — and ultimately, the institution’s main missions of education and research, according to Gartner. Gartner forecasts that worldwide higher education sector spending will grow 1.2% to reach $38.2 billion in 2016. For institutions to thrive in the increasingly competitive education ecosystem, they must become more innovative and it is often technology that will underpin that innovation. Gartner has identified the top 10 strategic technologies for the higher education sector in 2016, which are: 1. Adaptive Learning, 2. Predicative Analytics, 3. Customer relationship management (CRM), 4. Interoperability, 5. Open Microcredentials, 6. Digital Assessment, 7. Smart Machines, 8. Open Educational Resource (OER) ecosystems, 9. Listening and Sensing Technology and 10. Collaboration Technology.

The Century Foundation published the first report in a new series on college completion. The report’s author, former USED official Bob Shireman, questions the recent push by government officials to have accreditors focus more on student outcomes. The report looks at how government officials have pressed college accreditors to focus more on "student outcomes," quantifiable indicators of knowledge acquired, skills learned, degrees attained, and so on. It then argues that it is not these enumerated outcomes that are the best way to hold colleges accountable, but rather the evidence of student engagement in the curriculum—their papers, written examinations, projects, and presentations—that holds the most promise for spurring improvement in higher education.

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released a new state-by-state look at nationwide college completion data that it released in the fall. Although the national completion rate for students who started at four-year public colleges fell 1.7 percentage points to 61.2% between 2008 and 2009, 15 states bucked that trend. Nationally, 32% of two-year college students graduated from a different institution from where they first enrolled; California and Texas were the most extreme examples, with more than 40 % of students doing so. And in 20 states, more than 5% of the starting cohort at four-year public colleges graduated in a different state. In 30 states, the same goes for students who started at four-year private nonprofits.

USA Funds® announces the award of four new grants totaling $3.5 million to state, business, research and policy organizations to develop new models for measuring the value of postsecondary education and training programs. "Prospective students and their families need better information to select the right postsecondary program, given that college is one of the largest and most important investments a family will make," said William D. Hansen, USA Funds president and CEO. "Legislators, other government leaders, and college administrators also need better performance data on which to base critical decisions about higher education and workforce policies and programs. By supporting these new models in 12 states, we are developing powerful new tools to help students find a more direct path through education and training to rewarding careers."

US News (Oct. 8, 2015) Math And Computer Science Programs Have Seen A Jump In Graduate Enrollment

Graduate school has long been a popular choice for people wanting to elevate their careers, but the number of students enrolling has recently jumped. Between fall 2013 and fall 2014, first-time graduate enrollment increased by 3.5, the largest spike since 2009, according to a September report from the Council of Graduate Schools. These new graduate students were studying education, business and other subjects, but the field that saw the biggest bump in enrollment was math and computer science. It had a 21.3% increase in first-time graduate enrollment between 2013 and 2014, the report states.

U.S. News & World Report released the 2016 edition of the Best Global Universities. U.S. universities remain the global leaders among research institutions, with Harvard University claiming No. 1, followed by MIT at No. 2, UCLA-Berkeley at No. 3 and Stanford University at No. 4 and with U.K. universities taking the next top spots with the University of Oxford at No. 5, followed by the University of Cambridge at No. 6. The second edition of the Best Global Universities rankings including rankings of the top 750 universities — up from 500 last year — spread out across 57 countries. U.S. News has published new university rankings of larger countries including India and Brazil, and smaller countries such as Belgium, bringing the total number of country-specific rankings up to 32. The 2016 edition also debuts a regional ranking for Africa, adding to the previous four regional rankings.  An expansion in the numbers of institutions included this year helped to catapult China into the number two slot, ahead of the United Kingdom and Germany.