Author: Joshua Gallagher

Huge Hints for Students To Select the Best High School

Huge Hints for Students To Select the Best High School

High school is probably the most important step before going to college, with 100% of report cards, extracurricular activities, and teacher evaluations directly influencing college admissions. So many parents are extremely concerned with what they can do best for their children. Students can attend public, charter, magnet, virtual, or private schools. Public schools are those that receive funding from the local, state, and federal governments; they are required to admit all students who live within their district’s boundaries. Counselors are unable to take control of students’ entire roadmap because public…

U.S. Universities To Divest Endowments From Chinese Entities

A bill has been drafted in congress to push universities to divest their endowments from Chinese entities suspected of involvement in human rights violations. As a potential superpower, China has been attempting to extend its global influence with soft and hard power. The country’s attempt to spread its language and culture, as a part of its soft power, in the U.S. through Confucious Institutes has mostly been curtailed since 2018 with the growing anti-China sentiment under the Trump administration. On the other hand, its hard power has surprisingly been more…

Japanese Version of China Initiative Raises Questions for Universities

Earlier last month, Japan’s parliament passed an economic security bill to increase government oversight of science and technologies. Of the four broad areas the law is set to cover, securing and protecting research data and patents on advanced technologies is one of them. The Japanese government primarily introduced the law following its closest ally — the United States — to decouple technologically with China for security purposes. With the physical realization of Russia’s increasing aggression on the world stage through its invasion of Ukraine, the parliament had another great cause…

Increased Financial Crime Risks to Businesses From All Sides at an Unprecedented Time

With humanity experiencing one of the deadliest pandemics in the modern era, industries have adapted to the change with accelerated digital transformation and remote work, keeping a physical distance from each other. Unfortunately, criminals have also morphed their tactics and schemes to take illegal advantage of people’s good faith and financial interest. Ranging anywhere from financial scams and frauds to government imposters and cybercrime, not only individuals but also businesses have been targets of criminals. Especially for businesses, there are other financial crime risks other than financial scams, including but…

The New “High Potential Individual” Visa in the UK Receives Criticism

Starting on May 30, recent graduates of top global universities are allowed to stay in the United Kingdom for a maximum of three years, with a new scheme called a High Potential Individual (HPI) visa. The applicants must have graduated from an eligible university within five years, and once accepted, college graduates will be allowed to stay for two years at most or three years for Ph.D. or other doctoral degrees. The government only briefly describes on their website what the new visa holders can and cannot do, and yet,…

New Rules to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Allow 100,000 Borrowers To Be Eligible

On October 6 of last year, the Department of Education announced temporary changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program as a response to the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19. The main change comes from expanded eligibility until the end of October this year, resulting in more than 100,000 borrowers now eligible with an estimated total of $6.2 billion in federal student loan cancellations. Currently, there are still many borrowers who have not yet been contacted for their changed eligibility status for debt relief. Although the department did not…

History of Legal Challenges Against Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Higher education institutions across the U.S. adopted race-conscious admissions policies to increase diversity for historically disadvantaged minority students in the late 1960s, complying with the government’s affirmative action. Since then, however, there have been numerous legal challenges against the policies and affirmative action at large. Most recently in January of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States consolidated two legal cases against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (UNC). The lawsuits were brought by an anti-race conscious admissions advocacy group, arguing that the institutions’ admissions policies have discriminated…

Growing Emphasis on Data Analytics in MBAs

Technical know-how and an understanding of data strategy are two factors that can improve MBA graduates’ career prospects Data analytics is becoming an increasingly important and prominent aspect to consider for many MBAs. A recent study conducted by MBA Roundtable revealed that the majority (61 percent) of schools surveyed intend to overhaul their curriculum in the near future, putting a greater emphasis on analytics. It is reasonable for business schools to aim to equip graduates with the skills demanded by the modern labor market as a response to recent changes…

The Pandemic Exacerbates Latin America’s Already Troubled Education

The impact of the pandemic has been devastating to the education sector around the globe. Many governments, including those in Latin America, have introduced educational quarantines to protect students from the virus. Since the beginning of 2020, young students and children have been put away from their schools, teachers, and peers, as a part of the social distancing policies. With the pandemic lasting well over two years, educators in Latin America put efforts to look forward into the future but with concerns about the fate of education in their countries….

The Movement for Tuition-free College in the U.S. is Accelerating

The movement to push for the tuition-free community college in the U.S. was stalled when the Biden administration removed it from the federal Build Back Better bill. However, the movement didn’t lose its momentum, and it is becoming a reality around the country. Some states have come up with their own plans to realize free tuition for community colleges, regardless of the White House’s plan to extend payment pause for federal student loans. For instance, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico signed the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship Act, which…