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International Academic Partnerships as an Effective Internationalization Strategy

By James Gieser

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Federal Accountability Plan

By Todd Chamberlain

With college tuition costs rising more than the rate of inflation for 30 years, greater levels of accountability for higher education institutions to justify their costs have also increased over the past 10 years.

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Female Career Trends and the Implications on Higher Education

By Amy Wilson

Forty years have passed since one of the most impactful eras in our American heritage: the women’s rights movement. While much has changed since this pivotal time period, the modern woman still faces many challenges in American society. Women have made great leaps and strides in both academia and the workforce but there is still a fairly strong divide in typical gender specified careers. Females frequently face limitations and roadblocks in the work force due to cultural stereotypes as well as additional factors. Career trends for the American educated female continue to emerge through research and the results, unfortunately, are not always encouraging. This in turn has a definite impact on college females as they aspire towards their career goals. As higher education institutions seek to prepare women for what lies beyond college, it is vital that there is a stronger emphasis on career preparation and education for females in order to more fully engage women in the workplace.

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The Trend of Increased Integration of Spirituality and Meaning-Making in Higher Education

By Heather Tyner

In recent years, the silence surrounding the role of spirituality in higher education is breaking as students and faculty dialogue about the necessity of exploration and awareness in this area. For years the norm has been the continuation of the separation of church and state, a mantra that has influenced this nation almost since its inception. However, the increasing pervasiveness of the postmodernist worldview has constructed a framework that allows for a multiplicity of thought and plurality of beliefs to coexist. This framework is creating a new culture in which the spiritual dimension of students is a new frontier to be explored, and one which American colleges and universities are expected to be guides for students in this inner search.

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A Three-Year Degree as a Trend in Higher Education

By Maria Tsuleff

The general public has typically known the traditional college experience to be one of four-years in length where students emerge with a specific Baccalaureate degree, loads of college loans and a well-rounded education not only involving the classroom but which also includes extra-curricular activities and a residence-life experience. However the situation just described is becoming increasingly unnecessary and “less typical” for students seeking an undergraduate degree. The three-year degree or time-shortened degree, as the terms are many times used interchangeably, is a trend in higher education that is not necessarily a new concept but is becoming progressively more popular among colleges, universities and the students who attend such institutions. As this trend is only in its beginning stages, American colleges and universities are attempting to gain knowledge and understanding on how to implement best practices for academics and student development in the wake of a non-traditional, three-year degree.

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