Academic journal article Higher Learning Research Communications

Editorial

Academic journal article Higher Learning Research Communications

Editorial

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This issue of Higher Learning Research Communications (HLRC) features research focused on some of the challenges colleges and universities are facing in this new century, as the world becomes more and more technology focused and internationalized. New learning and teaching paradigms in higher education institutions across the globe highlight the need to constantly innovate educational programs in order to remain relevant and accessible across disciplines and frontiers alike.

An entity that has been ahead of its times for decades has been the International Baccalaureate (IB). As Dr. Ian Hill and Dr. Susan Saxton explain in their article, "The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme: An international gateway to higher education and beyond", the Diploma Programme of the IB allows students to obtain internationally recognized university entrance qualifications. At the same time, students develop critical thinking skills, international mindedness, and intercultural understanding, among other valuable skills in globalized economies and societies. Furthermore, research has shown the international recognition and the skills acquired through the IB Diploma allow students to better succeed in both higher education and their professional careers.

As higher education becomes more and more internationalized, higher education institutions must also deal with the challenges of training international faculty. As Dr. Kevin R. Meyer and Dr. Yuping Mao point out in their article, "Comparing student perceptions of the classroom climate created by U.S. American and international teaching assistants", past research has shown students tend to rate international teaching assistants (ITAs) lower that their local counterparts. …

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