When I look at my stats to see how many thousands of people are reading my blog day in and day out (ok, I’m exaggerating :-)), one of the items that appears is “Search Engine Terms,” defined very straightforwardly by WordPress as “terms people used to find your blog.” It gives me an impressionistic view of what’s on some people’s minds and the types of questions to which they’re seeking answers.
Here are some terms that have popped up recently. You can search my blog for related posts.
corllins university diploma mill: yes; it’s listed on my “dishonor roll” of unaccredited US-based/affiliated schools
tan tao university: a private non-profit university in southern Vietnam founded by Ms. Dang Thi Hoang Yen, chairwoman of Tan Tao Group
scups vietnam: Southern California University for Professional Studies (SCUPS) was an unaccredited school; it was renamed California Southern University (CSU) and is now nationally accredited
is northwestern polytechnic regionally accredited?: no
tedxsaigon: the first ever TEDx event was held on 15 August in HCMC; congratulations to the organizers!
the number of internet users in vietnam: According to a recent survey conducted by Pingdom, Vietnam ranks 20th in the world. This is about 27% of the population, or 24 million Internet users
vietnamese students abroad statistic: no hard data; estimates range from 70,000-100,000
southern pacific university: unaccredited (on my list)
state department international student recruitment: administers the global network of EducationUSA centers that “actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information” – frowns upon the use of education agents; another cabinet-level department, Commerce, matches U.S. colleges and universities with education agents through its “Gold Key Service”
vietnamese students not return: no hard data on this trend; anedoctal evidence suggests increasing numbers are returning after graduation or a short-term work experience for two main reasons: 1) the dismal U.S. economic situation; and 2) economic growth and more opportunities at home
iie on recruiting international students: organizes US higher education fairs in some countries; administers EducationUSA centers in four countries; does not support international agency-based recruitment because of the position taken by its main sponsor, among other reasons (check out this post for clarification: “Agent Provocateur” – The Growing Pains of Agency-Based International Student Recruitment in the U.S.)
“american city university” ranking: ACU is unaccredited; therefore, it does not appear in any legitimate ranking (on my list)
cgacc: a (relatively) new membership organization founded by my friend and colleague, Judy Irwin; the Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges (CGACC) “is dedicated to increasing global knowledge and understanding of U.S. community colleges, bridging cultures through awareness, serving as a resource, advancing institutional internationalization efforts, and partnering with national and international entities to expand and enhance educational opportunities.”
study usa community college fair vietnam: 5, 7, 9 October 2010 in Hanoi, Danang & Ho Chi Minh City; organized by my company, Capstone Vietnam; community colleges are the most popular gateway to U.S. higher education and a bachelor’s degree among Vietnamese students