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Volume 1, Issue 22

by Michael Wagner

Knowledge Pilot, Launch Global Education

The role that universities and colleges play in the world are vast and complex. The articles in this week’s Odyssey Newsletter feature ways that higher education affects local communities and the environment. We also look at how higher education has been affected globally in the last few years. Global trends have local implications. Enjoy the articles.


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Universities and socially responsibility

Higher education’s emphasis on social responsibility is growing, especially in the areas of  climate change and our environmental impact. The University Social Responsibility Network (USR Network) will host its Summit 2022 virtually on November 16th – 18th through Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Brendan O’Malley of University World News interviewed Professor Robert Hollister, senior adviser to the USR Network, about the upcoming event.

University social responsibility and the SDGs

Professor fired for being too hard

A college course, Organic Chemistry, taught at New York University (NYU) by Professor Maitland Jones was considered too difficult by a group of 80 students who signed and forwarded a petition to the university. NYU ultimately terminated the professor, causing quite a stir in the world of academia. Coral Murphy Marcos of The Guardian explains the unusual situation and what it means for higher education.

New York University professor fired after students say his class was too hard

Chinese students eye Hong Kong

Prior to the pandemic Chinese students’ interest in attending college in the United States was quite strong. Once the pandemic hit, Chinese students returned home and those in China stayed put. Now that the world is reopening, application data points to a new trend as Chinese students are applying and enrolling in universities in Hong Kong in record numbers. Yojana Sharma reports for University World News.

Mainland China students shun the West, turn to Hong Kong

Standardized test scores decline

Many have wondered how much the pandemic would affect education long-term. One way to determine the outcome are results on standardized testing. This week, the ACT released its most recent data on standardized testing results post-pandemic. Associated Press correspondent Cheyanne Mumphrey outlines the concerning results.

ACT test scores drop to lowest in 30 years in pandemic slide

And here is another report on the trend by Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed:

ACT and SAT scores fall