Passport, please. International students make up the majority of U.S. STEM field Ph.D.s according to a new study by the National Foundation for American Policy, but the number of international doctoral students is dwindling. South Korea and Taiwan applications are each down by 13 percent; applications from China are down by 5 percent. On the positive side: Applications from India are up by 20 percent. (Times Higher Education)
Integrating art. Learning about fractions through musical time signatures and about literature through acting will become common in Los Angeles Public Schools. After years of cuts to arts programming, an infusion of $750,000 in grants from the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education will be used to integrate arts learning into core subjects. (Take Part)
Around the world in (a lot more than) 80 days. Ann Morgan spent 356 days reading 195 books—that’s one book from every country in the world. Well, every UN-recognized state plus Taiwan. Guided by authors including Bhutanese Kunzang Choden and Mongolian Galsan Tschinag, the novels offered Morgan adventures, relationships, fears, and laughter that made otherwise remote, exotic places feel close and familiar. “Fiction,” she said, “makes the world real.” (BBC)
Follow the money. This infographic details where and on what the three leading higher education foundations spend their grant dollars. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Written by Education Sector Policy Intern Anne Mishkind.