Universities – World Socialist CWI http://worldsocialist-cwi.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 13:18:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4-150x150.png Universities – World Socialist CWI http://worldsocialist-cwi.org/ 32 32 Fake diplomas from top UK universities authenticated by the Chinese government for sale online – The Glasgow Guardian https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/fake-diplomas-from-top-uk-universities-authenticated-by-the-chinese-government-for-sale-online-the-glasgow-guardian/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 13:18:56 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/fake-diplomas-from-top-uk-universities-authenticated-by-the-chinese-government-for-sale-online-the-glasgow-guardian/ Amid a rise in cases of academic misconduct involving Chinese students, The Glasgow Guardian establishes that fake degrees are available for purchase online. A survey of The Glasgow keeper found that vendors advertising on Weibo and WeChat are selling fake degrees from major UK universities that are advertised as verified by the Chinese government. When […]]]>

Amid a rise in cases of academic misconduct involving Chinese students, The Glasgow Guardian establishes that fake degrees are available for purchase online.

A survey of The Glasgow keeper found that vendors advertising on Weibo and WeChat are selling fake degrees from major UK universities that are advertised as verified by the Chinese government.

When a Chinese student studies abroad, their degree must be verified by the Chinese government on their CSSE database and the student will be added to the online records in order to find a job. This has been the case since 2006.

As part of our investigation impersonating a failed undergraduate Chinese national, we were able to set up the purchase of a University of Glasgow undergraduate undergraduate degree and a master’s degree from Oxford University. The seller said the certificates themselves would be “indistinguishable from the original…with an embossed emblem” and came with a transcript. The degrees themselves cost the equivalent of £2,000 each. The seller then offered authentication by Beijing for an additional £10,000. They said payment would be made in installments once I was happy with each step and final payment would only be made once my degree number was viewable in the database.

The Shenzhen-based vendor, which The Glasgow Guardian appealed to, said it helped 3,000 students over an 8-year period.

The market for such degrees was illustrated by a recent FOI (Freedom of Information Request) from the University of Glasgow which showed that Chinese students make up the majority of cases of academic misconduct. In the second semester of the 21/22 academic year, 482 cases of academic misconduct were reported, including 211 by Chinese students, the highest of all nationalities accounting for 43% of all cases. Of those reported, 90% of cases involving Chinese students have been proven.

Fake diplomas have been a problem for a number of years and have been widely reported. In 2016, the BBC reported that students were buying fake degrees from fictitious universities. Talk to The Glasgow keeper a student said he bought a marketing degree from the University of Hertfordshire for $2,000 after dropping out of a medical degree. The student said, “My family is very driven to achieve. So [my mother] set up the purchase to spark new academic interest by buying me a bachelor’s degree.” However, the element of government verification now offered on Chinese social media sites is a new phenomenon.

The problem is in China. The Board of Education released this statement: “If it is found that anyone is providing false information or false documents in the certification application materials, the applicant will be dealt with in accordance with measures for publicity of conduct unbecoming of confidence in the assessment of foreign academic credentials. Candidates who provide material artificial information or false information will be included in the public list of dishonest behavior; the service center will not accept any certification applications submitted by them for the duration of their registration on the list.

The Department of Education declined to comment. Instead, they pointed to a 2016 degree mill report, which mentions no foreign government verification.

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In 2020, universities moved to online learning – three lessons from the student experience https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/in-2020-universities-moved-to-online-learning-three-lessons-from-the-student-experience/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 17:49:53 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/in-2020-universities-moved-to-online-learning-three-lessons-from-the-student-experience/ For young people who were in college at the height of the COVID pandemic, the college experience was suddenly dramatically different from what they expected. Teaching has quickly moved online, with students forced to adapt to using digital tools to complete their learning at home. Those who looked forward to campus life instead saw their […]]]>

For young people who were in college at the height of the COVID pandemic, the college experience was suddenly dramatically different from what they expected.

Teaching has quickly moved online, with students forced to adapt to using digital tools to complete their learning at home. Those who looked forward to campus life instead saw their social and extracurricular activities curtailed. During this time, internship and placement opportunities were often lost.

It has become and remains important to understand the impact of these changes on university students. In my research during the pandemic, I explored the effects of this shift to virtual learning on the student experience.

Here are three key insights from my research, in which I interviewed 349 university students from across the UK.


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1. Students want interactive online learning

A theme that emerged from several participants was that online teaching should be more interactive. According to one respondent:

It is not enough to simply place the course materials on a VLE [virtual learning environment] and assume it is a suitable replacement for a taught experience.

Another said educators should “be more interactive with students outside of just providing digital lectures,” noting that this could incorporate online communication tools or video conferencing apps “to ensure there is [are] another kind of personal relationship being created”.

Similarly, another student reported the creation of “more opportunities for student interaction” and “a better online community.”

Recent research has shown that there can be a lack of motivation among students when studying online. To solve this problem, teachers could use real-time survey tools such as Mentimeter and Kahoot!, which can make online learning more engaging and interactive.

2. Digital education must be inclusive

Some female students have faced greater challenges than their male counterparts with the shift to virtual learning. Adult female students were the most affected, with many noting that additional responsibilities, such as caring for children or disabled family members, made things more difficult.

One respondent spoke of the difficulty of “finding the time to do university work in a full, busy and noisy household”. Another said:

The university hasn’t been very good with students who have families. I’ve had exams with a toddler hanging from my hip. It would have been nice if I was a student without children, but I feel like no one really addressed the challenges we faced as students with a young family at home.

A bird's eye view of a group of university students working together.
COVID has changed the traditional college experience, at least temporarily.
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Some adult female students did not feel equipped enough to use e-learning tools, commenting, for example, that “the older generation needs to be more technologically prepared”.

Another student pointed to the cost of the devices and noted that “it seems like if you don’t have a laptop, you’re going to have a hard time passing.”

Instead of assuming everyone will be properly equipped, universities should ensure students have the knowledge, support and digital resources needed for online learning and assessments. Ensuring that students have the correct hardware and software, as well as internet access, is essential.

Access to technology should be distributed equitably, with particular attention given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and international students.

In the meantime, universities that do not already do so should consider offering flexible learning opportunities, such as the ability to attend live virtual classes or listen to pre-recorded lectures.

3. International students may need special consideration

Pandemic-induced changes to the college experience have been particularly challenging for international students.

International students mentioned issues such as lack of access to suitable study areas, not knowing where to go for mental health support, feeling confined and isolated, difficulty focus, lack of direction and the difficulty of being away from their families at home affected by COVID. Comments included:

Being away from my family has caused me so much stress and depression that I can’t focus clearly on my studies.

We paid the tuition for the help, not to “find it out”.

Although universities struggled to communicate with international students during this period, my research suggests that in many cases these messages were lost in translation and support was not adequate.

In times of crisis, university communication with international students must improve. Universities have a duty of care and responsibility to international students, which should include helping them adjust to academic demands, as well as prioritizing their mental health and well-being.

The path to follow

Some students wanted to continue learning online, or at least saw the potential benefits of the digital model.

In general, it’s been pretty nice not being on campus because not only has it cut down on train ride times…I’m someone who much prefers to work alone, so not having other people as a distraction was a good thing.

Students who reported having some level of social anxiety, for example, also preferred the numerical model.

But a number of students felt the on-campus experience was preferable to online learning. One said that “human relationships and face-to-face interaction remains the unique trait that the online world cannot achieve”. Others said:

Going entirely online would not benefit many students, otherwise we would not have chosen the option of coming to a traditional university.

I love the social aspect of going to college and face-to-face teaching. [With online learning] I feel like I’m not learning anything, just memorizing information.

Universities have now resumed face-to-face teaching. Some may return to on-campus learning completely, while many may continue with a hybrid model. Which is better is hard to know. From my research and that of others, it is clear that different students have different preferences.

Nevertheless, this information will hopefully be useful to universities that will continue to teach fully or partially online. More broadly, findings about university students’ experiences during the pandemic could help universities better manage crises in the future.

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EDITORIAL: Prevent School Closures – Taipei Times https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/editorial-prevent-school-closures-taipei-times/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/editorial-prevent-school-closures-taipei-times/ Some private colleges and universities in recent years have experienced enrollment shortages, which some people have linked to oversupply and the country’s low birth rate, while others blame changes in admissions tests. and registration policies. Weak growth in household income is also blamed. Critics have called on the government to provide solutions, such as establishing […]]]>

Some private colleges and universities in recent years have experienced enrollment shortages, which some people have linked to oversupply and the country’s low birth rate, while others blame changes in admissions tests. and registration policies. Weak growth in household income is also blamed. Critics have called on the government to provide solutions, such as establishing a merger or exit mechanism for private institutions, or attracting more foreign students.

The Ministry of Education ruled last month that Fortune Institute of Technology in Kaohsiung should close on May 10 next year due to its poor financial condition and academic standards, making it the first private college of the country to close after a bill to close some private high schools. and colleges became law in April. Six other private colleges – TransWorld University, MingDao University, Kao Yuan University, Tatung Institute of Commerce and Technology, Taiwan Shoufu University and Chung Chou University of Science and Technology – are also on the ministry’s radar. They must restructure to meet government standards by May 31 next year or close.

The severity of the drop in student numbers has also spread to high schools. Last month, the ministry announced that Chimei Vocational High School in Kaohsiung and Tungji High School in Chiayi County had been on its “watch list” for two years due to declining student enrollment and deteriorating the financial situation, making them the first private high schools to face potential closure as the country grapples with a declining birth rate. In addition, the ministry’s K-12 education administration said that more than 20 private high schools and vocational high schools would be under the monitoring and supervision of the ministry over the next few years in view of the lower finances. standards.

To solve the problem of student shortages in colleges and universities, some experts suggest that private institutions recruit more foreign students. In line with the government’s new southbound policy, some private institutions have focused on Southeast Asian countries in their efforts to increase the number of students, but the effect is limited due to factors related to language, financial issues and work-study internship programs.

Others are urging the ministry to speed up the closure of underperforming private colleges and universities, but progress has been slow for years because there is no incentive for private institutions to do so. Meanwhile, a few pundits have called for a more flexible enrollment mechanism to appeal to near or retired seniors.

Schools can adjust daily schedules and lesson arrangements for younger and older students, so everyone can study at the same universities and enjoy the same resources. For older people, this would provide the opportunity to pursue lifelong educational goals and new opportunities to engage in the community. It would also relieve the government of potentially difficult choices about school closures due to student shortages.

Getting older people to study with younger students would require detailed planning and time to implement. However, not all universities need to take this step to increase the number of students, because each school has its own teaching capacity and teaching resources.

However, if the ministry intends to close underperforming schools or merge schools with low enrollment without considering long-term development options for those schools, that would be simply irresponsible.

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Improving infrastructure at universities, governor tells TS education minister https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/improving-infrastructure-at-universities-governor-tells-ts-education-minister/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:25:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/improving-infrastructure-at-universities-governor-tells-ts-education-minister/ HYDERABAD: Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy met Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan a day after she was asked to check with Pragathi Bhavan or the CMO to see if she had received any letter from her regarding the project Telangana Universities Joint Recruitment Board Act. The Governor advised him to “give top priority to improving infrastructure […]]]>

HYDERABAD: Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy met Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan a day after she was asked to check with Pragathi Bhavan or the CMO to see if she had received any letter from her regarding the project Telangana Universities Joint Recruitment Board Act. The Governor advised him to “give top priority to improving infrastructure at state universities, with an emphasis on improving hostel and laboratory facilities.”

The minister visited the Raj Bhavan with senior education department officials to address the governor’s concerns over the bill, a day after Dr Tamilisai seriously disputed claims that she was “sitting on the law Project”.

Dr Tamilisai had said she had written the minister a letter asking him to come to Raj Bhavan to discuss important issues related to the bill, but Sabitha Indra Reddy claimed she never received the letter.

According to a statement by Raj Bhavan, the governor conveyed his concerns to the minister over the proposed Joint Recruitment Board “in the wider interest of the public and state-owned aspirants”. The Governor raised a number of issues during the meeting, including the need for full transparency in the Board recruitment process, to undertake recruitment as early as possible in an impartial manner, to maintain recruitment based on eligibility, to strictly adhere to UGC standards for faculty recruitment, and to address the concerns of in-state aspirants.

The Governor also directed the Minister and officials to strengthen Chancellor Connects Alumni across all universities to encourage alumni participation in overall university development. Sabitha Indra Reddy was accompanied by Education Secretary Vakati Karuna, Chairman of Telangana State Council for Higher Education Prof. R. Limbadri and Commissioner of College and Technical Education Navin Mittal for the meeting at Raj Bhavan.

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CMU ranks high on PitchBook’s list of Top 100 Universities for Startup Founders https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/cmu-ranks-high-on-pitchbooks-list-of-top-100-universities-for-startup-founders/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 21:36:28 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/cmu-ranks-high-on-pitchbooks-list-of-top-100-universities-for-startup-founders/ Carnegie Mellon University has a new prize to add to its collection. According PitchBook’s In the 2022 list of the 100 Best Universities for Startup Founders, CMU can claim to be ranked in the top 30 in four categories. It follows recent lists made, including being named #22 by American News for top national universities, […]]]>
Carnegie Mellon University has a new prize to add to its collection.

According PitchBook’s In the 2022 list of the 100 Best Universities for Startup Founders, CMU can claim to be ranked in the top 30 in four categories. It follows recent lists made, including being named #22 by American News for top national universities, and #28 in the world by Times Higher Education.

“Great entrepreneurs can come from anywhere, but some universities have a truly exceptional track record in producing future entrepreneurs,” PitchBook said. With spin-offs and other Pittsburgh-based companies such as RoadBotics, Bloomfield Robotics and Therapeutic CaramelCMU is certainly one of them.

PitchBook ranks universities based on the number of founders’ companies that received first-round venture capital funding between January 1, 20122 and October 21, 2022. According to PitchBook, these lists are organized to determine “which colleges have the best track record in producing entrepreneurs”. .” (Note: Not all entrepreneurs raise venture capital.)

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While Ivy League universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Penn Comfortably secured the top 10 spots in the undergraduate category of the list, CMU managed to outrank well-known institutions such as Dartmouth College, Northwestern University and Oxford University across the pond. Closer to home, it ranked several places above Penn State.

Here’s how CMU measured up in each area:

  • In the undergraduate category, CMU ranked #22. Founders who attended the university raised $19.5 billion among 480 founders for 427 companies.
  • CMU was named #13 among graduate schools, with 764 founders raising $36.5 billion across 626 companies.
  • It ranked No. 30 on PitchBook’s list of top schools for female undergraduate founders, with 49 female founders raising $2 billion from 48 startups.
  • And for female graduate school founders, the university ranked 18th with 79 female founders raising $1.1 billion from 73 companies.

University of Pittsburgh was not in the undergraduate category, but was named #73 among graduate schools, with $3.1 billion raised across 153 companies by 180 founders.


Atiya Irvin-Mitchell is a 2022-2023 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by Heinz endowments. -30-
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Four universities launched $500 million fundraising campaigns in October https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/four-universities-launched-500-million-fundraising-campaigns-in-october/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/four-universities-launched-500-million-fundraising-campaigns-in-october/ Old Dominion University is one of four universities to announce $500 million in fundraising campaigns in the … [+] past month. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images) Light Rocket via Getty Images In the space of just one month, four universities have unveiled plans to launch $500 million global fundraising campaigns. This is another […]]]>

In the space of just one month, four universities have unveiled plans to launch $500 million global fundraising campaigns. This is another indication that despite strong economic headwinds, universities – both public and private – continue to pursue ever more ambitious fundraising goals.

On October 6, the University of Texas at San Antonio announced the public phase of its Be Bold: A Campaign for Our Futuree.

At a Distinguished Alumni Honors Dinner Oct. 20, New Dominion University President Brian O. Hemphill revealed the Focused on the future: for dreams and beyond.

On October 28, Marian University, a private Catholic university in Indianapolis, announced a $500 million fundraising campaign – Journey to 2030: always forward.

And finally, this week, Xavier University of Louisiana announced its Press forward, fear not, a $500 million campaign, the largest ever at the historically black and Catholic University of New Orleans which is approaching its centennial.

Here’s a summary of what’s known about the four campaigns so far.

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

The “silent phase” of UTSA’s campaign began in 2017. According to the university, it has already raised $311 million in donations and pledges. The campaign focuses on raising funds for undergraduate scholarships, graduate scholarships, endowed academic positions, special programs, and capital projects across the university’s campus network. .

Since the start of the campaign, more than 39,446 donors have made 116,000 donations and pledges. In 2021 alone, UTSA received three donations of $20 million or more: $20 million from Carlos and Malú Alvarez for the UTSA College of Business; $40 million from MacKenzie Scott, which will be used to support first-generation students and students from low-income families; and $20 million from former Valero CEO and Chairman Bill Klesse and his wife, Margie, for the College of Engineering and Integrated Design.

Marian University

Of its overall goal of $500 million, Marian University has already received $240 million in donations and pledges. The campaign is built around three main themes: 1) student access and success, 2) liberal arts-informed STEHM education, and 3) faith in action.

“We have a remarkable vision to provide an education that is distinguished by its ability to prepare transformative leaders to serve the world, and we are able to create a remarkable record of success in pursuing this vision thanks to all of our generous partners. “said Marian University. President Daniel J. Elsener. “We are blessed that members of our college community, the Indianapolis community, and many alumni and friends are eager to generously support our efforts in building this great Catholic university for the service of all.”

Former Dominion University

Old Dominion Future-Oriented: For Dreams and Beyond The fundraising campaign has raised approximately $275 million to reach its $500 million goal so far.

Of the campaign, President Brian O. Hemphill said, “As we embark on this campaign, Monarch Nation is stepping forward boldly to declare our dreams possible. We will focus our investments and efforts in areas where ODU is poised to innovate and lead – social mobility, research and workforce development.

The campaign identified six areas of focus:

  • $100 million in new scholarships and $8 million for student-led research opportunities, internships and experiential learning;
  • $85 million to attract world-class faculty, fund additional departmental chairs and faculty positions, and provide faculty with state-of-the-art technology and equipment;
  • $81 million to support research efforts, with a focus on coastal resilience, cybersecurity and data science, maritime and autonomous systems;
  • $70 million for public health, including mental health initiatives, a public health library, an addictions nursing chair and a mental health nursing chair. In addition, ODU plans to establish a Center for Movement Health and Disability;
  • $36 million for new installations and upgrades, and;
  • $120 million for athletics.

Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier’s campaign announcement came during the university’s 2022 President’s Leadership Breakfast where Xavier University President Reynold Verret stressed the importance of keeping education at an affordable price for Xavier students.

Verret added, “Mother Katharine and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament offered us a hopeful vision of a more just and humane society for all. The legacy of this university cannot be underestimated. Xavier will step forward and fear nothing with boldness and courage as we enter our next hundred years with pride and commitment to the mission with which we have been blessed.

The campaign has four internal targets:

  • $250 million in financial assistance;
  • $75 million invested in initiatives promoting student well-being and success;
  • $105 million for various campus improvements, and
  • $70 million for faculty recruitment and retention and expansion of academic programs.

Xavier’s campaign already has about $65 million pledged.

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Best Data Science Degrees From US Universities You Can Get Here In India https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/best-data-science-degrees-from-us-universities-you-can-get-here-in-india/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:35:15 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/best-data-science-degrees-from-us-universities-you-can-get-here-in-india/ Despite the shutdown during the pandemic in 2020, data science positions were in high demand. The trend followed in 2021 and continues in 2022 as well. The industry demand for data analyst or data scientist roles is increasing, creating an influx of newcomers from various fields. The average data scientist salary in India is around […]]]>

Despite the shutdown during the pandemic in 2020, data science positions were in high demand. The trend followed in 2021 and continues in 2022 as well. The industry demand for data analyst or data scientist roles is increasing, creating an influx of newcomers from various fields. The average data scientist salary in India is around INR 7 lakh per year. Data science degrees from US universities can help you move to the higher end of the spectrum and stand out in a crowd.

Check out these top US college degrees you can get at home and take your career ten steps forward.

UC Berkeley

The Berkeley School of Information offers a master’s course in information and data science that does not require GRE scores. With the option to complete the course in 12-20 months, it consists of 27 units and is designed to fit the schedule of a working professional. The student can choose one of three routes to continue the course – accelerated, standard or slowed down – depending on their schedule.

Click here for more information about the course.

International University of Applied Sciences

With a recommendation rate of 96%, IU’s master’s program in data science is accredited as a high-level education. The course mainly focuses on software and infrastructure engineering as well as big data technology. The duration of the course varies from 12 to 48 months depending on the hourly model selected and can be started at any time.

To learn more about the course, click here.

The University of Illinois at Urbana

With an acceptance rate of 39% in the latest batch, the University of Illinois Computer Science Master of Data Science program does not require a letter of recommendation or submission of a GMAT or GRE score. The course requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a GPA of 3.2/4.0 or higher. Along with this, submission of TOEFL scores is a requirement.

Click here to learn more about the course.

University of Denver

The University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Master’s in Data Science requires no GRE and can be completed online in 18 months. The course is ranked number 12 by Fortune. The course covers topics such as data mining, ML, database management and visualization and three bridging courses to provide a solid foundation in programming.

Click here for details.

Texas University of Technology

The 36-hour Masters in Data Science at Texas Tech University is a one-year, step-by-step program. With 12 courses lasting four to eight weeks, the course is completely online and comprises 36 credit hours. Courses include statistics for data science, big data strategy, machine learning, big data security, and decision theory, among others.

Click here to view the full program.

Oklahoma State University

An MS in Business Analytics and Data Science (MS BAnDS) from Oklahoma State University is a designated STEM course. In 2022, the program was ranked 10th by Fortune. Here, students receive hands-on training with tools like Azure, Data Bricks, Power BI, Python, Tableau, and TensorFlow among many others. The fully online course requires only 33 credit hours and GRE or GMAT scores for admission along with three letters of recommendation.

Click here to see more course details.

Syracuse University

Syracuse University New York’s highly acclaimed Master’s in Applied Data Science is also available online with weekly classes. The course offers the same teachers and courses with 34 credit hours. It includes 18 credits from the primary trunk, six credits from the secondary trunk with choice of four tracks, nine credits of elective courses and one credit of exit requirements portfolio.

Click here to view the full course.

Loyola University of Maryland

Loyola Maryland University’s Master of Science in Data Science is 100% deliverable online with the option to pursue it part-time. There are two areas to choose from – Technical or Business Analysis with technical courses diving into machine learning. The online admissions process requires a 500-1000 word essay on the importance of data science with the TOEFL and a professional CV.

Click here to learn more about the program.

New Jersey Institute of Technology

In NJIT’s MS in Computer Science, students can opt for one of five majors – Bioinformatics, Computer Networks and Security, Software Engineering, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, and Database and Data Mining. The course is 30 credit hours with students working on both theoretical and practical applications on real data with mentorship from professors through the online mode.

Click here to learn more about the online degree.

CUNY School of Professional Studies

CUNY’s MS in Data Analytics is now called MS in Data Science and is available online. Admission requires skills in statistics and probability, linear algebra, programming in several languages ​​and relational databases. There are also three bridging courses for R, SQL, and Data Science Maths. Students must sit a mandatory exam to assess knowledge and skills in these areas, as well as grades above B from previous university or more than 2 years of experience.

Click here to view the full program.

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How 3 Universities Are Working To Increase Graduation Rates | Best Colleges https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/how-3-universities-are-working-to-increase-graduation-rates-best-colleges/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 18:48:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/how-3-universities-are-working-to-increase-graduation-rates-best-colleges/ Many people who start college interrupt their undergraduate studies before graduation day, and some never return to a college campus. In 2022, the US population had 39 million college dropouts, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Colleges are trying to change that. Here are three public academic institutions in the United States that […]]]>

Many people who start college interrupt their undergraduate studies before graduation day, and some never return to a college campus. In 2022, the US population had 39 million college dropouts, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Colleges are trying to change that. Here are three public academic institutions in the United States that have implemented comprehensive reforms aimed at increasing graduation rates, which external research has found to have had some success:

  • California State University System
  • Georgia State University (main campus in Atlanta)
  • University of Texas-Austin

These undergraduate institutions are found in different parts of the country and vary in their acceptance rates and student selectivity. But one thing in common is that they all have large and diverse student populations.
At each of these institutions, more than one-third of students identify as racial or ethnic minorities, at least one-fifth of undergraduates qualify for federal Pell grants, and at least one-fifth of undergraduates are the first in their family to pursue higher education. .

Here’s what schools have been doing to try to get more students out with degrees.

California State University: focus on pass rates

The California State University system, which had more than 475,000 undergraduate students across its 23 campuses as of fall 2021, according to its website, launched a major overhaul of its undergraduate programs in 2015. The goal was to significantly increase its average graduation rates in a 10-year span.

CSU undergraduates who started college between fall 2012 and fall 2015 and enrolled at one of 17 CSU campuses that provided U.S. statistics on graduates had a significantly higher average graduation rate than students who had enrolled at these campuses seven years prior. During this period, the proportion of university students who obtained a bachelor’s degree in six years increased by almost 11 percentage points, from about 47% to about 58%, according to historical data from the annual survey. US News Best Colleges. (Six of CSU’s 23 campuses did not provide information on their graduate rates to US News.)

CSU’s Graduation 2025 initiative included several measures designed to encourage undergraduate students to complete full course loads and progress steadily toward a bachelor’s degree. The university also eliminated remedial courses that did not count towards a bachelor’s degree and instead began offering tutoring.

“This job is really about changing the culture,” says Jeff Gold, acting associate vice chancellor for student success at Cal State.

In a 2020 report, the Public Policy Institute of California urged CSU administrators to work harder to ensure undergraduate students of all demographics made steady academic progress. The report indicates that CSU students who took more credits per semester were more likely to graduate on time than their peers who took lighter course loads.

Students “with full course loads appear to enjoy a range of outcomes, regardless of their demographic and academic characteristics,” the report says. “Importantly, the analysis also shows that students who are less academically prepared, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and underrepresented students are, on average, more likely to persist, graduate, and graduate on time if they enroll in a full course load in their first term and first year.”

CSU courses that previously had high failure rates have been redesigned to promote student learning, Gold says, and CSU courses now typically include multiple projects and quizzes rather than one or two stakes tests. students.

For example, a mechanical engineering course at the Los Angeles branch of CSU that had low pass rates was adjusted to minimize memorization and include more frequent testing. The course’s failure and dropout rate has been cut in half, according to EdSource, a California media outlet covering education issues.

In 2019, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, or AGBUC, cited Cal State as an example of a university system that was removing barriers to graduation for all students, especially college students. most vulnerable, such as those in low-income households. .

Georgia State University: Micro-Grants for Students

Over the past seven years, Georgia State University has increased its six-year graduation rate for undergraduates by about 5 percentage points, from about 51% to 56%, according to data that the school submitted to US News for its annual Best Colleges Survey. . Twenty years ago, only 29% of baccalaureate students graduated there within six years.

In 2011, the state of Georgia launched an emergency financial aid system that provides crisis funding to students who are steadily progressing toward their degrees but are under-resourced and need $2,500 or less to cover their outstanding balance.

This micro-grant system was found to be effective in a 2022 research report published by the nonprofit strategic consulting organization Ithaka S&R and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report describes the Georgia State Panther Retention Program as “one of the nation’s pioneering examples of a retention or completion scholarship program.”

Financial aid isn’t the only area where Georgia State has been a pioneer, according to retention experts, who point to the university’s innovative use of student data.

In 2012, Georgia State opened a summer academy for students admitted to the university’s freshman class despite some weaknesses in their academic records. That same year, the university, which has about 29,000 undergraduate students at its main Atlanta campus, according to US News data, began using predictive analytics to identify students who were at risk of dropping out academically and began automatically notifying these students of potential issues.

In a 2019 case study, AGBUC described Georgia State’s academic interventions for at-risk students as “a model for other institutions to follow.”

Allison Calhoun-Brown, Georgia State’s senior vice president for student success, said a multi-faceted approach to helping students graduate is needed because there are so many types of setbacks students face. undergraduate students may face on the way to earning a degree.

“I would emphasize that there really is no silver bullet,” Calhoun-Brown says of GSU’s various student success initiatives. “Really, it’s a comprehensive program that encompasses induction and first-year support and academic support and counseling and financial well-being.”

Using its many predictive analytics tools, GSU ​​automatically invites students who might benefit from academic counseling to schedule sessions with student advisors. For example, people who recently received grades of C or lower in introductory courses for their majors or who didn’t register for classes in the upcoming semester would receive invites, Calhoun-Brown says.

Without these kinds of warnings, students with problems might “fly under the radar,” but now they can receive advice and assistance automatically and immediately, she says. “That’s the kind of thing that made a huge difference.”

University of Texas—Austin: Student Council

In seven years, UT—Austin increased its six-year graduation rate by six percentage points, raising the rate from 80% to about 86%, according to data provided by the university to US News.

UT—Austin launched a multifaceted campaign to increase its four-year graduation rate in 2011. A university task force created a list of more than 60 possible reforms in 2012, and many of those reforms have since been passed . A central component of the UT—Austin initiative is the use of predictive modeling to determine what type of pre-existing school programs would be most beneficial for particular students, so that students can be directed to those programs.

A 2019 joint report by management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, a professional association of educators, found that additional guidance at UT-Austin likely benefits all students.

“Importantly, our findings indicate that large-scale counseling reforms may have had an outsized impact on high-need student populations,” the report said. “Graduation rates for students of color have increased at about the same or faster rate than the rate for the general student population.”

Brian Dixon, vice president of enrollment management at UT-Austin, notes that his university helps students change majors if necessary. Strong academic guidance is needed in these scenarios because changes between majors can reduce the chances of graduating on time, Dixon says.

Like many large public schools, UT-Austin accepts college applicants into specific undergraduate majors. The university, which has about 40,000 students, now offers interactive tools to help students discover majors that match their interests or talents and submit a properly prioritized list of potential majors in their applications, it adds. -he.

“Without getting into the right major, it’s hard for you to graduate in four years because if you switch, you’re wasting time and all the courses you’ve taken (and) the credits might not all apply. to your new degree, so we wanted to understand all of these things earlier,” says Dixon.

How to find a college that will guide you to graduation day

Cal State, Georgia State, and UT—Austin focused on quickly identifying and helping undergraduate students facing academic or financial setbacks that could prevent them from receiving their degrees on time—crisis interventions that external researchers have found helpful for struggling students.

Undergraduate retention experts say college applicants who are worried about whether they’ll be able to finish college and graduate on time should investigate a school’s student services. A positive sign about a college is if it provides meaningful guidance to students in times of adversity or uncertainty, such as when students face sudden financial distress or when they are unsure about what classes enroll, experts say.

“It’s very, very important that students choose institutions that are intentional and thoughtful about this,” Calhoun-Brown said.

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Jordanian universities land ‘advanced’ positions in QS ranking… https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/jordanian-universities-land-advanced-positions-in-qs-ranking/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 05:30:16 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/jordanian-universities-land-advanced-positions-in-qs-ranking/ AMMAN – Arab and Jordanian universities have carved out “advanced” positions in the QS World University Rankings in its 2023 edition, said Amro Salameh, secretary general of the Amman-based Association of Arab Universities (AARU), according to the Jordanian News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان While attending the 2023 QS World Ranking Conference for Top Arab Universities held […]]]>

AMMAN – Arab and Jordanian universities have carved out “advanced” positions in the QS World University Rankings in its 2023 edition, said Amro Salameh, secretary general of the Amman-based Association of Arab Universities (AARU), according to the Jordanian News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

While attending the 2023 QS World Ranking Conference for Top Arab Universities held in the United Arab Emirates, Salama said that five new Arab universities have entered the QS Ranking in its latest version, while others maintained their positions.

Salameh, according to an AARU statement released on Sunday, said Arab universities have made many developments and improvements in recent years. However, he added, many still suffer from lack of human and financial resources, overcrowding and poor quality.

In the statement, he pointed out that the AARU has realized the importance of ranking Arab universities as a “major” objective in its strategic plan for 2019-2030.

To realize its future plans, he noted that the AARU is putting the finishing touches on the Arab Universities Ranking System, which takes into account international classifications and is expected to be publicly announced early next year.

This future system, he noted, will activate new standards that will measure for the first time the extent of excellence of Arab universities in the areas of innovation, creativity and leadership over a two-year period. year.

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How Combined Heat and Power Can Keep Hospitals, Universities and Other Facilities Running During Bad Weather – Oil, Gas & Power https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/how-combined-heat-and-power-can-keep-hospitals-universities-and-other-facilities-running-during-bad-weather-oil-gas-power/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 04:47:05 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/how-combined-heat-and-power-can-keep-hospitals-universities-and-other-facilities-running-during-bad-weather-oil-gas-power/ As we continue to monitor the 2022 hurricane season and learn more about the impact of Hurricane Ian, we urge hospitals, universities, and all kinds of power-consuming facilities along the East Coast to prepare for future major storm seasons. Power outages in Florida from Hurricane Ian affected two million customers as the storm moved inland. […]]]>

As we continue to monitor the 2022 hurricane season and learn more about the impact of Hurricane Ian, we urge hospitals, universities, and all kinds of power-consuming facilities along the East Coast to prepare for future major storm seasons. Power outages in Florida from Hurricane Ian affected two million customers as the storm moved inland. As facilities in Florida begin to rebuild thereafter, it is essential to remember that high winds, flooding, minor hurricanes, tropical storms, summer thunderstorms, as well as ice storms or snow during the winter months, can cause power outages that threaten a facility’s ability to stay online and a hospital’s ability to safely and effectively care for patients. Relying solely on grid electricity and backup generators to power and cool a facility is becoming a greater risk as weather conditions have become less and less predictable and, at times, more severe.

This is just one of the reasons many facilities are turning to combined heat and power (CHP) as a power generation solution. Advances in technology, availability and affordability of fuel sources, and a growing demand for sustainability are driving greater interest in cogeneration than ever before. Today, schools and universities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and many other facilities consuming electricity on a large and small scale are seeing the benefits of cogeneration. Rather than buying all their electricity from a local utility or competing electricity provider, facilities can now use cogeneration, also known as cogeneration, to generate some or all of their own electricity. reliable on site.

In a traditional electrical system approach, facilities rely on grid-supplied electricity to power a given facility and a separate boiler to generate steam used to heat the site or provide other steam-related services . Cogeneration systems, however, integrate these functions by using low-cost natural gas or other fuels to power an engine and create electricity for the facility. Excess thermal energy, a by-product of electricity generation, is captured and used, sometimes in conjunction with updated modern boilers, to heat or cool the facility, with some facilities even generating revenue by selling heat. additional excess electricity to the premises. utility under what is called “net metering”.

The key to cogeneration systems is greater energy and cost reliability

In many facilities, a power outage disrupts operations and reduces productivity. In hospitals and other healthcare facilities, this puts the lives of patients at risk. By operating on a micro-grid, cogeneration facilities have greater resilience against hurricanes, severe storms, and other natural disasters that create grid-level outages and brownouts. Conversely, underground gas pipelines that often feed cogeneration systems are less susceptible to damage from high winds and extreme weather conditions.

Additionally, cogeneration systems give facilities more predictable long-term energy costs and can help avoid fluctuations in market prices for electricity. Cogeneration systems also provide the opportunity to use low-cost fuels efficiently, allowing this reduced energy consumption to become a source of revenue through net metering.

Beyond reliability, CHP systems should be the ideal solution for facilities with aging infrastructure.

For many installations requiring infrastructure upgrades, the benefits of cogeneration are known, but the limitations of the technology previously made it unsuitable for small installations due to capital expenditure and expected return on investment (ROI). This is no longer the case. Technological advances make cogeneration systems the ideal solution for both small and large installations, especially with the potential damage that inclement weather can cause to those with outdated infrastructure or in remote areas with limited access points.

According to some Department of Energy estimates, most cogeneration system development costs can be recovered in 10 years, and often much sooner. There are opportunities to form long-term partnerships with organizations to cover initial costs, and a number of tax incentives and rebates are often available. That said, navigating new partnerships, regulatory concerns, and cost projections can be complex. It takes the right partner to help businesses explore these options and make the best decision for their unique facility needs.

Cogeneration systems also allow facilities to reduce their carbon footprint and their impact on climate change.

Many organizations are more focused than ever on reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and cogeneration systems offer a positive step towards sustainability. There is also an opportunity to integrate renewable energy sources, including solar power and battery storage, into cogeneration systems. Cogeneration projects can also incorporate modern energy controls and more efficient lighting as components of a comprehensive package of energy services. The Department of Energy also estimates that cogeneration systems can avoid up to 60% of carbon dioxide emissions between 2006 and 2030.

Finding the right cogeneration approach

For organizations looking to protect themselves from the elements and upgrade their energy system, there are more options for deploying cogeneration systems than ever before. Facilities have the option to design and build the system themselves, contract with a third-party developer, work with a utility, or even partner with other like-minded building owners nearby to create a microgrid.

To learn more about introducing a CHP system to your facility, listen to our interview with Al Neuner, Vice President of Facilities Operations at Geisinger Health System on the Alternative Power Plays podcast. Mr. Neuner is a pioneer in the development of cogeneration systems, having done so at Geisinger’s flagship hospital and healthcare site in central Pennsylvania in the late 1990s. Since then, the system has provided Geisinger with reliable, consistent power in addition to millions in energy savings.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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