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News in higher education: National highlights with focus on local institutions

Chinese scholars will participate in a new exchange program developed by the University of Tennessee at Martin. The University of Tennessee at Martin participants are expected to visit Shandong University for two weeks in 2006, where they will study Chinese legal structures. Ten scholars from Shandong University Law School will be the first program participants. (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Oct. 10, 2005)
Chinese scholars will participate in a new exchange program developed by the University of Tennessee at Martin. The University of Tennessee at Martin participants are expected to visit Shandong University for two weeks in 2006, where they will study Chinese legal structures. Ten scholars from Shandong University Law School will be the first program participants. (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Oct. 10, 2005)

An article in a recent issue of “The Economist” investigates the role of globalization and democratization within higher education. The article notes that, while the financial independence and variety of the institutions in America's system make it a model for the rest of the world, international policymakers still need to create a single system “that balances the twin demands of excellence and mass access.” (BriefCASE, October 2005)

“What is the best way to deal with homesickness?” “Where can I find cheap textbooks?” A recent article in the (Ind.) Star Press suggests that these kinds of questions often go unasked by new college students during a traditional application process. In an attempt to address this information gap, many institutions (including APSU) will sponsor student blogs throughout the academic year to give prospective students a new window on campus life and to address what otherwise might be unasked questions. (BriefCASE, October 2005)