One Thought To Start Your Day
Yesterday we looked at the absolute incomes of world-class universities; that is institutions in the top 200 of the 2017 Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). Today, I want to look at the question of whether things are getting better or worse for these institutions.
Of the 174 top-200 ARWU universities for which we have financial data for 2015 or 2016, 155 have data on finances and students going back to 2006. For another 11 institutions, we have data going back … [ Read More ]
Along with my colleague Marcos Ramos, I’ve been working recently on some analysis of “world-class universities” and how they have been getting on in the world. Over the next couple of days I’m going to just lay out some of this research. Buckle in:
We define “world-class universities” as any institution in the top 200 of the 2017 Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). Our measure of financial clout is expenditures per student, converted to $US at purchasing-power-parity, using … [ Read More ]
One student aid policy debate that pops up periodically around the world – most recently in the United Kingdom – is the question of interest rates. On the one hand, you have people who use a slightly medieval line of thought to claim that any interest on loans is a form of “profit” and hence verboten where students are concerned. On the other side, you have people who note that loan interest subsidies by definition only help people who have already “made it” to … [ Read More ]
My last blog post on university tuition – which said that higher education has both public and private returns and charges should be arranged commensurate with the latter – seems to have sparked a variety of responses by email and on the blog. Some of you were trolling, I think, or playing devil’s advocate, anyway. Others had serious objections. Regardless, the counter-arguments essentially came in two varieties, and I want to take a moment today to answer both.
The “But-lower-levels-of-education-have-private-returns-too-so-why-not-charge-for-K-12?” … [ Read More ]
If there’s one drum Canadian universities love to beat on international education, it’s that Canada is falling way behind other countries in terms of students gaining international experience during their studies. It’s a great story, except for one tiny thing: it’s not true. It’s really not true.
Check out, for instance, this data below, from the most recent OECD Education at a Glance, which shows the percentage of total students from each country who are enrolled abroad (Data is from Table C4.3, for … [ Read More ]