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The purpose of this digital publication (formerly the VU International News & Reviews) is to identify relevant data-driven reports on any aspect of the international dimension of higher education and research. It gives a brief description of the reports, with a link to where it can be found. The Aurora Brief Reviews is done with specific attention for the perspective of societally engaged research universities within the Aurora Universities Network.

Kees Kouwenaar, editor

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Note from the Editor: I Don’t Understand

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

What does it truly mean when someone tells you that they can't understand a word you are saying? In this note the editor explains a twofold meaning.

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Fraud with Research Money

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF has published its OLAF 2017 report noting that academic and research fields are prone to fraud and misusing money.

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Beginners’ Guide

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The Young Academy, an independent part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published a “Beginner’s Guide to Dutch Academia”.

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FP9 = Horizon Europe

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The Horizon Europe proposal is for a budget of 100 billion euro, which is 25% more than Horizon 2020, but significantly less than the 160 proposed in the Lamy report.

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If STEM Ain’t Broke, Fix It Still?

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the US have published a comprehensive report on the graduate STEM education in the 21st century, prepared by the committee on revitalizing graduate stem education for the 21st century.

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Quality of Doctoral Supervision?

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The German University Association for Advanced Graduate Training has published a booklet on Doctoral Supervision, with recommendations and examples of good practice.

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Digital Europe

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The European Commission has proposed a 10 billion euro Digital Europe programme – the first such programme by the EU.

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Open Educational Resources

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an interesting Infographic showing that Open Educational Resources are much more popular among students than among academic.

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Horizon 2020 As Job Motor

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

The European Commission has published a study on High-quality job creation and quality employment through four EU programmes.

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Engines of Emancipation

VU International News and Reviews No. 11 August 19 2013

The American Council on Education has published a report on the role of “Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility”, based on data from the Equality of Opportunity project.

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Marsh Mellow Test Meltdown

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

In an article in Psychological Science, researchers from NYU and UC Irvine report their replication and extension of the famous March Mellow test.

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College Not Affordable

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

A review of the report: “For Many, is College out of Reach?” published by The Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York.

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More International Students?

VU International News and Reviews No. 115 June 18 2018

QS Enrolment Solutions (formerly Hobsons) recently published an “International Student Survey” analyzing the views of over 60.000 students worldwide who expressed an interest in 11 continental European countries.

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Whose Citations Count?

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

The global rankings like Times Higher, Shanghai and QS all suffer major shortcomings in their methods, which are unclear and keep changing, and in the strong focus on reputation, statistical outliers and volume over quality.

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Grade Inflation?

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

Ray Bachano's statistical analysis of grades shows some increase in ‘good’ (1st and upper 2nd) and excellent (1st class) and a slight decrease in the low 3rd class grades.

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How Cool is your Campus?

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

UCLA’s unit for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has developed an App for gauging how students feel on campus. The app, BruinXperience, provides a space for students to communicate their experiences.

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E-Health and IP

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

The European Commission has published the final report of the Bohemia project which calls for European R&I to become the engine of transformation.

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European Scorecard

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

The European Commission has published its European Innovation Scoreboard 2018 report, both as a downloadable PDF and as an interactive web tool – with country reports.

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White Supremacy on Campus

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published a web-based overview and analysis of White Supremacist Propaganda incidents on campus in the US in 2017-2018.

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Size Matters – In Science Class

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

Researchers from the University of Minnesota studies the correlation between class size and performance in science education.

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First Generation Students Stand Out

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

Campus Lab has published a report comparing six non-cognitive skills of first-generation students from a HE family background.

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Comprehensive Internationalisation in Buffalo

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

The University of Buffalo published a report speaking about inclusions and engagement of domestic and international students rather than about the inclusion of international students in the existing academic community.

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What Makes Them Stay In Canada?

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

The CBIE has published the results of two surveys on drivers for international students to stay and work in Canada: “Retaining International Students in Canada Post-Graduation: Understanding the Motivation and Drivers of the Decision to Stay".

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New Recruitment Paradigm in The US

VU International News and Reviews No. 116 July 2 2018

World Education Services has published a survey report “Navigating a New Paradigm for International Student Recruitment”.

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SDGS and Universities

VU International News and Reviews No. 117 July 16 2018

The Global University Network for Innovation GUNI has published its international conference report “Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation” focusing on the role of knowledge, research and higher education in implementing SDGs.

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Digital Humanities Revindicated

VU International News and Reviews No. 117 July 16 2018

Lindsay MacKenzie published an article showing scholars in the humanities who use digital technologies to produce data on relevant issues.

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EU’s Triple Food Mission

VU International News and Reviews No. 117 July 16 2018

The European Commission has published the report of the EC Food 2030 independent expert group: “Recipe for Change: An agenda for a climate-smart and sustainable food system for a healthy Europe”.

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Eu’s Triple Food Mission

VU International News and Reviews No. 117 July 16 2018

The OECD has published “Catching Up? Country Studies on Intergenerational Mobility and Children of Immigrants”. It contains country studies on Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, but also regional reports on the European Union.

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Ontario’s Internationalisation Strategy

VU International News and Reviews No. 117 July 16 2018

The ministry of advanced education and skills of Ontario province published its international postsecondary education strategy 2018: “Educating Global Citizens”.

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Clearing the Hurdle

VU International News and Reviews No. 117 July 16 2018

The Relationship between institution-level Factors and Community College Study Abroad studies am institution-level predictors for Study Abroad at Community Colleges. Is studyong abroad a true privilege?

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Who Stays in Chemestry Research

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

A study commissioned by the US National Bureau of Economic Research surveyed Chemistry graduates for their preferred career and location after obtaining their doctoral degree.

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Fixed or Developed Interest? It Matters?

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

Paul O’Keefe from Yale and two Stanford colleagues report on a series of related studies into beliefs about passionate interests and their impact on students.

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Entrepreneurship Education

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

In a comprehensive tome of 13 chapters, Denis Hyams-Ssekasi (Bolton) and Elizabeth Caldwell (Huddersfield) have collected a wealth of knowledge on “Experiential Learning for Entrepreneurship”.

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Practical pRevention of Plagiarism

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

John Dawes from the University of South Australia noted that plagiarism is endemic among students but also that the educational no-cheating experts and subject specialist academics don’t really speak the same language.

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Student Life in Europe and The USA

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

The German Centre for studies on Higher Education and Research has published a report on “Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe”.

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Why Tablets in Class Don’t Work

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

Two psychologists from Rutgers University report in their article “Dividing attention in the classroom reduces exam performance” in Educational Psychology on their experiment on how use of smartphones and tablets impact student performance.

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Teaching to Write Research Reports

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

Scholars from the University of Minnesota have addressed the issue of Lab Reports in their article “Development of a Uniform Approach to Writing and Grading of Laboratory Reports in Horticultural Science Courses”.

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Where Libraries Buy Books

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

Ithaka SR, a non-profit set up to help academic and cultural communities serve the public good, has published the preliminary findings of an analysis of Library Acquisition Patterns – the full report is expected this Fall.

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Global Innovation Index 2018

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

Last July, the Global Innovation Index 2018 focuses majorly on energy and the energy transition, with the role of innovation in that process.

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Students Feel Lower Than Age Group

VU International News and Reviews No. 118 August 27 2018

In it´s 2018 Student Academic Experience Survey, the UK based Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) provides loads of statistical data on what students’ opinions are in UK universities.

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Who Stays In Chemistry Research?

In an article in The New Republic, which reports on American politics and culture since 1914, Isaac Stone Fish reports on “The other political correctness; Why are American universities censoring themselves on China?”

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Social Science Replicability

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

The group of scholars with Colin Camerer from CalTech as corresponding author, report on an analysis they have done of the replicability of social science experiments – and if peers could predict which ones are predictable.

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Calculating Students

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

The OECD has published a factsheet on “Students’ Numeracy Skills and Practices” which confirms a strong link between practice and performance.

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Why Doctoral Students Drop Out

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

Researchers analyzed factors associated with doctoral completion among 1509 doctoral candidates in two Francophone Belgian universities.

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Student Analytics & Privacy

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

Due to the GDPR law, universities like many other non-profit institutions have been confronted with severe limitations to gather the data they need to improve what they do.

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Mental Health & Suicide in US Colleges

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

Scholars from Harvard Medical School assessed mental health diagnoses and suicidality among over 67.000 students from 108 HE institutions.

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Study Debt Worse With For-Profits

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

National Center for Education Statistics show that the typical student borrower will take out $6,600 in a single year, averaging $22,000 in debt at graduation.

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No (BLACK) Activism, Please

In an article in “Sociology of Race and Ethnicity”, Ted Thornhill from Florida Gulf Coast University reports on a study on how white admissions councilors screen black prospective students.

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Tuition Support: Who Benefits?

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

Researchers from the Institute for Higher Education Policy have analyzed two state “free-college” programmes in the US: Tennessee Promise and New York’s Excelsior Scholarship.

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It’s The Divorce, Stupid

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

Three researchers from Iowa State University have used the data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 for a quantitative analysis of the correlation between parental divorce and parental educational expectations for their children.

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How Chinese Students Adapt Abroad

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

Educational researchers from Petersburg and Edinburgh have done a comparative study into the personality traits among Chinese students that predict their adaptive capabilities when studying in different countries.

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Returning Spanish Academics

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

A recent publication in European Journal of Higher Education underscored negative effects of international mobility of returning academics.

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Denmark: Only Students Who Stay

VU International News and Reviews No. 119 September 10 2018

The Danish government has attracted wide interest with its plans to limit study place for international students in programmes with lower retention scores: students staying in Denmark after graduation.

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Spain beat Germany, France below Par

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

The European Commission has published its 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index, with various thematic reports on issues like Human Capital – Digital Inclusion and Skills; The EU ICT Sector and its R&D Performance; and Research and Innovation.

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OECD: How HE Systems Perform

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

The OECD has published “Benchmarking Higher Education System Performance”, 644 pages with results of a review carried out in 2017-18 across all OECD countries, with four countries electing to be subject to a deeper exercise.

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Holistic Admission Benefits The Rich?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

Researchers from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce report on their “thought experiment” on “SAT only admissions: How would it change college campuses”

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US: Women Half the College-Educated Workforce

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

The Pew Research Center has published an analysis of US government data on its website showing that in 2019 women will reach the milestone of gender parity in the college-educated workforce.

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A Stroke of Education

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

In a study on Socioeconomic status and risk of cardiovascular disease in 20 low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries, a team of scholars explored the association between education & household wealth and cardiovascular disease & mortality.

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Pell In Prison

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

The US National Conference of State Legislatures has published a report on “Correction by Degrees: Postsecondary Programs in Prisons”.

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Prepared To Host Refugee Scholars

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

The Erasmus+ funded project Supporting University Communities pathways for Refugee migrants (SUCRE, 2016 - 2018) has been completed with the publication of 3 reports concerning access to higher education for refugee students and scholars.

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Macron Extends La Grande Fosse

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 10 July 08 2019

The first EUN proposal round approved proposals of 17 Consortia. A quick view at distribution shows that Western Europe is overrepresented in memberships.

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America second – in Science?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

In May 2019, the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) published a benchmark report and advice on a commitment to increase federal investments in scientific research and education.

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OECD Skills Outlook 2019

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

Coping with digitalisation requires not only digital skills but also general meta-cognitive (or academic) skills and socio-emotional (or personal) skills.

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Graduates First – in the US of Trump

Cengage, a UK based company offering digital teaching, learning and publishing services, has published its first “Cengage Student Opportunity Index” measuring Graduate Opportunity Across Economic, Employment, Social and Personal Well-Being.

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Big Deals with Big Five

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

The European Universities Association has published a 2nd “Big Deals Survey Report”, as a follow up to their 1st such survey in April 2018 (reviewed in VU IN&R 111).

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Some MOre Equal Than Others?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

In a study on How Gender and Race Stereotypes Impact the Advancement of Scholars in STEM, researchers from i.a. Florida International University examined professors’ biased evaluations of physics and biology post-doctoral candidates.

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Access to Internships?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

Scholars from the University of Wisconsin-Madison published a working paper on Access & Success specifically for internships as a part of a university degree programme.

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Retaining Gender Inequity

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

How much less are female professors paid compared to their male counterparts? A review on gender inequity in faculty salaries.

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LESS EDUCATION IN US PRISONS

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

Ithaka SR, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping academic and cultural communities serve the public good, has published a report “Unbarring Access: A Landscape Review of Postsecondary Education in Prison and its Pedagogical Supports".

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DOES ERASMUS+ have Impact? Yes!

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

The European Commission has commissioned a study among 77,000 participants to assess the impact of Erasmus+ mobility on students, staff and higher education institutions.

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Why Do We Need European Universities?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 09 June 17 2019

In May, the European Commission issued a Study on the impact of Erasmus+ Higher Education Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances, looking at their effect on the modernisation of higher education systems in Europe.

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Robust CO2 Offsetting

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 08 May 31 2019

“Offsetting in the Aviation Sector” by Elizabeth Zelljadt is still useful for universities that mean business with compensation for the international travel that remains after they have created videoconference facilities at their campuses.

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Confucius Closed

Three more universities are closing their Confucius Institutes, bringing the total number of universities that have announced closures of the Chinese government-funded centres for language education over the past 15 months to at least 15.

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Environment Breeds Productivity

PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) has published an article on Productivity, prominence, and the effects of an academic environment which tests the common assumption that faculty at prestigious universities are more productive.

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What R&I Achievements?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 08 May 31 2019

The European Commission’s DG R&I has published a Transport R&I Achievements report 2018, the second of such report, focusing on the four objectives of clean, competitive, connected and responsible transport.

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Anxiety Disorder on Campus

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 08 May 31 2019

The Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans has published preliminary findings of a study analyzing data on anxiety disorder rates for young adults (18-26).

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Open Access

In April, EUA published its 2017/´18 Open Access Survey Report, continuing a series started in 2014.

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Ranking of Research Impact

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 08 May 31 2019

In April, Times Higher Education published the second – more extensive version of – its SDG-based “University Impact Rankings 2019”, which received numerous of mixed reactions.

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Women in the Academy – 2 x UI

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 08 May 31 2019

Last month, the American National Academy of Sciences published the list of its newly elected Members and Foreign Associates and proudly announced a historically high number of women elected.

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Debunking Merit Aid Illusion

In a recent report on The Merit Aid Illusion, the American Enterprise Institute dives deeper into the data relevant to the often-voiced concern that universities in the US are extending more generous grants ever based on merit to certain students.

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Roadmap for Access, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 08 May 31 2019

‘Roadmap to inclusion, diversity and equity’, a report that is of interest to study abroad teams, university leadership and academics who work in universities where diversity is a priority.

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Note from the Editor: Irreplaceable

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

A note from the editor, Kees Kouwenaar, about irreplaceability. Where do those who are irreplaceable rank in society?

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New England Costs!!

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

The Institute for College Access & Success has published its annual Student Debt and the Class of …2017.

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Accept Accounting Practices

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

The European Universities Association has published a set of recommendations based on a detailed survey of differing national practices in universities’ accounting for their spending of public funds.

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Holistic Admission Works

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

In a study on Multiple Measures Placement, researchers from the Center for the Analysis of Post-Secondary Readiness show that multiple measurement placement in Community Colleges works better than reliance on one single placement determinator.

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Mens Sana ..

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

A study in the Journal of American College Health (there ís a journal devoted to research on this topic) reports on the impact of programmes in physical activity as electives of required parts of the curriculum.

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Learning Still Counts Most

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

How satisfied are international students with services regarding arrival, living, and learning? And how do these support services correlate with their overall university experience?

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A Seat at the Table

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

A Study by the National Campus Leadership Council shows that student leaders who meet with college and university administrators regularly and have a voice on governing boards feel much more effective.

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China’s Clout in Academia

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

Two reports have appeared on the influence of China’s political structures on the work of academics: One, A Preliminary Study of PRC Political Influence and Interference Activities in American Higher Education and the other Repressive Experiences.

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Why Study in China?

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

Scholars from Tsinghua University in Beijing and UCLA have delved into the motivations for international students choosing China as their destination. Scholars from Tsinghua University in Beijing and UCLA have delved into the motivations for internat

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How International is Irish HE?

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

In The Internationalisation of Irish Higher Education, Marie Clark, Linda Hui Yang and David Harmon explored the extent to which Irish tertiary education institutions have become internationalised and the range of strategies and approaches developed.

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German Science Council: Internationalise

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

In July 2018, the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat) published its Recommendations on the Internationalisation of Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences (in German, but with an Executive Summary in English).

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What Do You Mean – Global?

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

In JSIE (online first), three scholars from Plymouth University report on their study on Global Citizenship and Cross-Cultural Competency: Student and Expert Understandings of Internationalization Terminology.

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Why Study in Norway?

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

In JSIE (online first) Jannecke Wiers-Jenssen report on her analysis of Why an Increasing Number of International Students Choose Norway.

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Do International Students like Confucius?

VU International News and Reviews No. 120 September 24 2018

Two researchers from Shandong University in Jinan, China, have looked at how international students in China experience the Confucius-based Chinese educational culture and how that correlates with i.a. their own cultural background.

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Robust CO2 Offsetting

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

In Nature of February, an article by German, Dutch and Swedish researchers analyse current schemes and practices in offsetting schemes for aviation emissions.

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Sweden Does Best on SDGs

SDGIndex.org has published its 2018 Global responsibilities report with a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Sociology: Publish Ever More

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

John Robert Warren from the University of Minnesota shows that new assistant professors in sociology nowadays have to already have published about twice as much as their counterparts in the 1990ies had to.

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ERC Advanced Grants: Aurora, Italy, Spain

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

In the list of principal investigators of awarded ERC Advanced Grants in 2018, no less than 11 researchers at Aurora universities of which five at UGA, three grantees at VU, and one each at UDE, Gothenburg, and Bergen.

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Private Higher Education?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

The Programme for Research on Private Higher Education PROPHE is a global network to building knowledge about private higher education, without any wish to either represent or promote private higher education.

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TUNING, BOLOGNA, ERASMUS

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

Robert Wagenaar, the Godfather of the Tuning initiative, has published a magnum opus called Reform! TUNING the Modernisation Process of Higher Education in Europe.

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German Universities Shrinking – Or Not?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration has published a report with infographics on “How Germany’s shrinking universities attract and retain international students”.

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German Mobility Facts & Figures

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 07 April 25 2019

For the third year on a row, the DAAD and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) have published “Wissenschaft Weltoffen Kompakt” with facts & figures on international mobility of students and academics.

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Digital Economy Skills

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

The Business-Higher Education Forum, an American membership organisation of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, has commissioned a report on “The new foundational skills of the digital economy”.

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Update European University Funding

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

The EUA published its Public Funding Observatory Report 2018 with up-to-date information on 33 different higher education systems across Europe.

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Schooling and Gender Gap

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

The World Bank has published a Policy Research Working Paper “More than Schooling” on gender differences in the labour market about measurable skill levels.

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What You Know or Who You Know

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

A recent EUA report features a qualitative analysis of the transformation of the role of universities in their regional innovation system.

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Trump’s Academic Freedom

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

Last Thursday, March 21st, President Trump signed an Executive Order to safeguard freedom of speech, particularly by conservative students.

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Harsh Climate For Female Economists

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

The American Economic Association commissioned a survey among its members last April 2018, on how inclusive or discriminatory the professional climate for economists is in the United States.

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ERASMUS Students and Brexit

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

The European Council adopted a regulation to safeguard that Erasmus+ participants from EU-27 and the UK who have already started their stay abroad before Brexit, are allowed to complete their stay and will not lose their academic credits.

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Note: Metrics for Study Success at Your University

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

At the 2019 AIEA conference, I attended an interesting session on metrics; metrics of study success, the impact of Study Abroad of these metrics, and the correlation of that impact with specific student characteristics.

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Preparing for Brexit

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

The European Universities Association has published a note on “Brexit: How universities can prepare for a no-deal scenario”.

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Student Loan Sharks

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

Netflix Comedia Hasan Minhaj shows how the government's decision to take out the banks as middlemen in the Student Loan system backfired.

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LAGGING DUTCH R&D INVESTMENTS

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

The European Commission has published its 2019 European Semester Country reports assessing whether imbalances or excessive imbalances exist in the country, by looking at several factors.

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Diversity: It’s the Culture, Stupid

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

The UCLA HE Research Institute has published its 2016-17 “Undergraduate Teaching Faculty Survey”, the 10th in a series of triennial reports since 1989.

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LOWER GRANTS FOR FEMALE PI’S

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

In the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from i.a. Northwestern University has analysed first-time research National Institute of Health grants awards to Principal Investigators according to their gender.

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STEM Field Less Diverse

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

In a stem related article researchers from the University of Texas and Florida International University investigate whether Black and Latina/o youth who begin college as STEM majors are more likely to either switch fields or drop out.

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Refugees in German Higher Education

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

As a follow up to the first INTEGRA report (discussed in VU IN&R 108 of March 2018), the DAAD has published a second INTEGRA Report on “Study Preparation and Transition into Regular Degree Programmes”.

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Refugees in HE – Who Cares?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

Eurydice has published a report on Integrating Asylum Seekers and Refugees into Higher Education in Europe.

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Working Class Heroes – Not Welcome in HE?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

NEON, a UK organisation supporting widening access to higher education, has published a report on “Working Class Heroes” to improve understanding access to higher education for white students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

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VU Holding It’s Own?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 04 February 19 2019

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands has published data on student enrolment in Dutch research-intensive universities, showing an all-time high of 291.277 students in 2018.

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Hiring and Firing Academics

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 04 February 19 2019

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) have published a report on the “Impact of the Economic Recession on Student Enrollment and Faculty Composition in U.S. Higher Education: 2003-2018”.

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Words that Yield Grants

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 04 February 19 2019

In the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, a study is published on “What Words are Worth: National Science Foundation Grant Abstracts Indicate Award Funding”.

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