Do global education rankings account for graduation rates?

Study International | December 02, 2019

One standardised assessment tool has become the key benchmark for national governments to judge their schools’ successes. But the academic rankings generated by the Program in International Student Assessment (PISA) are eclipsing important questions such as how particular groups of students are doing in school or graduation rates. Educational excellence globally has become synonymous with outstanding achievement as gauged by PISA, which is steered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). But what does this mean? PISA captures both global and domestic or local snapshots of student achievement. PISA ranks, for example, how Finland measures up against Poland and other countries, but also provides in-depth reports that summarise how population groups — such as immigrants and non-immigrants — are doing within a country’s school systems.

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Web accessibility is one of the most critical issues facing higher education. Although new web technologies and online media have been a boon for distance and online teaching, students and staff with disabilities have become increasingly disadvantaged. The access gap is exacerbated by the skyrocketing growth of the disabled population due to medical and technological advancements.This white paper delves into these questions and provides guidance for making online university content accessible to as many stakeholders as possible. Through in-depth research and advice from university administrators, accessibility coordinators, faculty, and disabled students, 3Play Media has compiled the best practices for creating an accessible web infrastructure. This white paper includes case studies, strategies, implementation designs, applicable laws, and helpful resources.

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EpicQuest Education Group | December 21, 2022

EpicQuest Education Group International Limited , (the "Company" or "EpicQuest Education"), a provider of comprehensive education solutions for domestic and international students interested in college and university programs in the US, Canada and the UK, today announced that on November 10, 2022, the Company expanded its international growth strategy with its signing of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with ICBT Campus of Sri Lanka ("ICBT"). The MOU articulates specific partnership programs and collaboration activities between Davis College and EduGlobal College, the Company's two colleges in which it has controlling interests, and ICBT. "With this MOU, we are continuing to implement our strategic growth plan to enter international educational markets. We intend to develop numerous collaborative programs with renowned higher education institutions where we can achieve meaningful opportunities to enhance our students' educational experience, In the meantime, we are also looking into the potential of establishing an operating hub in Sri Lanka to facilitate our expansion into the Southeast Asia market to leverage our educational programming and unique culture of learning to include Viet Nam, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Our leadership team is on the ground in Sri Lanka to help us to execute upon our strategic growth goal to internationalize our student recruiting and academic programming for both Davis College and EduGlobal College." Jianbo Zhang, Chairman and CEO of EpicQuest Education. The purpose of the MOU is to establish opportunities for a formal partnership for franchising the first year of Davis College's Associate Degree academic program and EduGlobal College's university pathway foundation program, both of which are to be delivered at ICBT. Both programs would enable ICBT to issue standard internal certificates and transcripts to students who complete these respective first year studies in Sri Lanka. In addition, students who complete the first year of study of the Davis College Associate Degree program at ICBT will be offered guaranteed placement for the second year of the Associate Degree program at Davis College in the US and university placement to complete their undergraduate degrees. A vital component of EpicQuest Education's strategic growth plan is to have Davis College and EduGlobal College become increasingly involved with international collaborations in order to leverage their distinct academic programming and unique culture of learning. The Company is intent upon offering enhanced globalized learning to its students as well as pathway programs to achieve advanced university degrees. A vital component of the Company's growth plan is to build cross-border relationships and to make strategic acquisitions around the globe to establish EpicQuest Education as a truly international provider of higher learning. About Davis College Davis College was founded in 1858 and is a private, two-year career training college located in Toledo, Ohio. Davis College offers a specialized professional career training curriculum in the fields of business, medical, and early childhood education. The college's mission is to provide marketable skills that enhance the employability of its graduates. Davis College offers coursework flexibility to ensure program success as well as externship opportunities that provide its student population with real-world skill sets prior to graduation. In addition, Davis College has agreements with numerous four-year US universities for 'transfer pathway' programs that pave the way for students from two-year colleges to gain admission while being able to transfer their course credits. Davis College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools with programs authorized by the Ohio Board of Higher Education. For more information, please visit https://www.daviscollege.edu/. About EduGlobal College EduGlobal College is a private college located in the Metro Vancouver area, British Columbia, Canada. EduGlobal College provides English language programs for international students who are seeking academic and career advancement and specializes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs (also known as English as a Second Language, or ESL, programs) that focus on helping international students acquire the advanced competencies in academic English that will be necessary for them to complete their degree programs. In tandem with its EAP program, EduGlobal College offers first-year university courses and a Master's Academic Preparation Program to help prepare international students who have completed a bachelor's degree and aspire to pursue graduate studies at a Canadian university. EduGlobal College also offers students an innovative model for bridging the gap between private and public sector post-secondary education in Canada through its pathway program. 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University of Denver Launches Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Industry Program

University of Denver | November 01, 2022

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY | January 16, 2023

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