Major Changes to Student Visa Rules Proposed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration is set to publish a new proposed rule today that would set fixed terms of up to four years for student visas and establish procedures for international students to apply to extend their stay and continue studying in the United States …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 25 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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‘Nobody Likes Snitching’: How Rules Against Parties Are Dividing Campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“It looked to be a typical college party: a small group of students crammed in a kitchenette, cheering on as a shirtless guy arm-wrestled a laughing young woman. No one wore masks. The scene was posted on Snapchat by one of the partygoers, a first-year student at Cornell University, along with a selfie with a mocking caption …” (more)

[Troy Closson, New York Times, 2 September]

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JI visa rite of passage falls by wayside in Covid-restricted US

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

“Nestled on a cove in the pretty New England state of Rhode Island, Newport has long been a destination for wealthy American holidaymakers. Edith Wharton, the incisive chronicler of New York high society, bought an oceanfront property in the town in 1893 …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 25 July]

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The J1 That Never Happened: How Summer 2020 Tanked For US Hopefuls

Posted in Life on July 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As lockdowns across Europe begin to ease, and with the school year right around the corner, the stress and insecurity of the first few weeks of lockdown may feel further and further away from us now. However, many of our fellow students are still just recovering, or are yet to recover, from one of the first and most obvious impacts of the coronavirus: visa cancellations …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 18 July]


Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Rule Amid Widespread Pushback

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration has rescinded guidance that would have prohibited international students from studying at campuses offering online-only instruction this fall. The move came on Tuesday amid widespread pushback from the higher-education community that included multiple lawsuits and a near-unanimous chorus of protest …” (more)

[Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 July]

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With new student visa rule, Donald Trump is making America small again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

“International students at US universities are a core arsenal of American soft power. By closing its doors, the Trump administration undermines America’s stature as a responsible stakeholder in global affairs …” (more)

[Tom Plate, South China Morning Post, 14 July]

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Harvard, MIT sue over ICE policy to expel foreign students amid online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Harvard University, along with MIT, has filed suit to block a Trump Administration policy banning international students at colleges and universities conducting classes online from staying in the United States. ‘We believe that the ICE order is bad public policy, and we believe that it is illegal’, said Harvard President Lawrence Bacow in a message to the university community Wednesday morning …” (more)

[Erin Tiernan, Boston Herald, 8 July]

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Irish Exchange Students Face US Deportation Amid Transition To Online Learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Monday 6 July, The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that any exchange students that are currently studying or beginning to study for Autumn in America must leave the country or risk deportation. The ruling states that any colleges that are to run exclusively online learning from now and in the upcoming semester cannot take any exchange students …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 7 July]

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US to force out foreign students taking classes fully online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Foreign students in the United States – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – will have to leave the country if their classes are all taught online this autumn or if they transfer to another school with in-person instruction, a government agency has said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 July]

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Trump has just made it harder to attract academic talent

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 20 June the Trump administration issued a proclamation limiting entry to the United States under H-1B visas and several categories of the J-1 exchange visitor programme. Both are fundamental for the operation of United States colleges and universities …” (more)

[Gerardo Blanco, University World News, 4 July]

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Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Five years ago, when Jeffrey MacKie-Mason first joined the University of California team that negotiates with academic publishers, he asked a colleague what would happen if he failed to strike a deal. What if, instead, he simply canceled their subscription? ‘I was told I would be fired the next day’, the UC Berkeley librarian says …” (more)

[Gregory Barber, Wired, 16 June]

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International enrolment drop to cost universities US$4.5bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2020 by steve

“United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester, a prospect that could lead to a loss of revenues as high as US$4.5 billion and further slow the momentum of overseas recruitment, a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education suggest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 30 May]

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Purdue and Notre Dame Are Going to Open for In-Person Instruction

Posted in Teaching on May 27th, 2020 by steve

“In recent individual op-eds, Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue, and Father John I Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, both declared they’re going to open their campuses for in-person instruction in the fall. Daniels believes opening is the ‘best option from both a scientific and stewardship standpoint, at least for our particular institution’ …” (more)

[John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, 26 May]

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Predicted grades may leave Leaving Cert students set for US scholarships ‘nervous’, says consultant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students who are set to study in American universities on scholarships may be ‘nervous’ over predicted grades, says a sports consultant. Mark Finnegan, founder of All Sports Recruitment, says there are many positives for predicted grades for students looking to study stateside …” (more)

[Emma Costello,, 25 May]

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How to Cope With Covid-19 Burnout

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“This week: I share the story of a faculty member who lived through burnout, and what it taught her about how to cope; I tell you how some colleges are planning for fall teaching; I point you to remote-teaching related stories you may have missed …” (more)

[Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 May]

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Why One Former Campus Leader Thinks College Rankings Should Stop During the Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The coronavirus has underscored inequities in American society, including among college students. When campuses first began emptying in early March, low-income and first-generation students were more likely to have lost critical sources of food and shelter. When courses moved online, a strong Wi-Fi connection and quiet place to focus were harder to come by …” (more)

[Francie Diep, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 May]

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Women academics seem to be submitting fewer papers during coronavirus. ‘Never seen anything like it,’ says one editor.

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“This was supposed to be a big year for Einat Lev. She planned to do field work in Hawaii and Alaska, submit a major research proposal, then finish writing the last of five papers necessary for her tenure application. In September, she would finally go before the review committee, the final step to becoming a full-fledged associate professor of seismology at Columbia University …” (more)

[Caroline Kitchener, The Lily, 24 April]

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College Campuses Must Reopen in the Fall. Here’s How We Do It.

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“Across the country, college campuses have become ghost towns. Students and professors are hunkered down inside, teaching and learning online. University administrators are tabulating the financial costs of the Covid-19 pandemic, which already exceed the CARES Act’s support for higher education …” (more)

[Christina Paxson, New York Times, 26 April]

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Without stronger academic governance, Covid-19 will concentrate the corporate control of academic publishing

Posted in Research on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a short term uptick in open research practices, both in response to the virus and the need for remote access to research and teaching materials. Samuel Moore argues that the long term impact of Covid-19 and its related economic impact will likely increase the corporate control of academic publishing …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 17 April]

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