Al-Zarqa Private University, one of the top private universities in the country, declined to renew the scholars' contracts at the end of the academic year. Many faculty members at the university, which is located in Az Zarqa, an industrial city northeast of Amman, operate under such contracts.
At a time when U.S. colleges stand accused of illegally profiting from unsavory associations with businesses involved in awarding federal student aid, at least one major public university has found an apparently legal partner: a for-profit university.
Thanks to a hastily adopted stopgap measure signed into law this month by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, some 400,000 students attending proprietary colleges in California will again be afforded some level of promise that the degrees and credits they earn will be recognized outside the state.
In a reversal of a recent trend, a nonprofit university has bought a for-profit college, part of the university's broader strategy of giving some of those ever-growing higher-education companies a run for their money.
Career Education Corporation, one of the country's largest operators of for-profit colleges, has announced that the U.S. Department of Justice concluded its three-year criminal investigation of the company and decided that no charges will be brought against it.
Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University's president, celebrated the fifth anniversary of Ghana's first liberal arts college this week in Seattle. After an eight-year career at Microsoft, Awuah, a native Ghanaian, founded Ashesi in 2002 with this vision: "Imagine if every Sub-Saharan African country had several small liberal-arts colleges, educating students at a level equivalent to liberal-arts colleges in the United States -- colleges dedicated to nurturing critical thinking, effective communication skills, practical experience, and a true concern for society in their students."
The Greek Parliament passed a controversial education bill this month that sparked rioting in the streets of Athens. Police said it was the worst unrest the city had seen for years. At least 20 people were injured, 47 were detained, and 11 were arrested, the Associated Press reported.
With college enrollments mushrooming in many nations but public support generally unable to keep up, the world is seeing a historic swing from public to private financing of higher education, the report says.
For-profit higher education is a large, complex system of institutions, and its explosive growth over the last decade has made it a prominent force in shaping higher-education policy and practice. The for-profit educational sector is composed of a diverse set of colleges, but most of the literature neatly ignores this.
The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development will launch a special task force to investigate admission irregularities at private universities in the wake of a bribery scandal involving Yonsei University.
THE HIGHER Education Department will initiate strict action against the private colleges that do not adhere to the rules. Also the recognition of such colleges could be cancelled, the Principal Secretary of the department Dr Bhagirath Prasad has warned.
FOLLOWING UP its warning to private technical colleges regarding charging of higher fees, the Directorate of Technical Education on Wednesday cracked down on at least three private colleges in the City, checking their records, mainly vis-à-vis collection of fees.
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