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Results of Attaining an International Education

February 19, 2016 0 Comments

Travelling across the world to continue your education requires making several important decisions. This life-changing, cross-cultural experience may prove to be emotionally and financially difficult, but the results are definitely worth the struggle. At ELI 360, we understand that this choice involves time and planning. That is why we put our maximum effort into making sure students gain admission to our top quality, partner universities here in the U.S. The ELI 360 selection process reflects our strategy to assist you in reaching your goal.

Each year thousands of students come to the U.S. for study because of the broad appeal of the U.S. educational system and also because of the desire to become a more culturally aware, well-rounded individual. ELI 360 has developed a list of criteria for selecting partner universities. We want to ensure that our students get the full scope of cultural experiences that the U.S. has to offer at a top quality university. Most families realize that today’s students must become capable of interacting with other people from other cultures. Learning to live in multiple cultures cannot be learned at home, but must be learned through international experience with an open mind.

Through your U.S. university experience, you can find success that will follow you into your professional career. Successful U.S. university graduates include a long list of CEOs, national presidents and prime ministers as well ministers of many government agencies, departments or ministries.

An ELI 360 partner university offers students two essential qualities: an academically strong university and a safe environment where young people can focus on their studies and better prepare themselves for their future career. With a top quality education in a safe environment, students can pursue their dreams and get the job they always wanted.

We at ELI 360 encourage you to experience life internationally and thereby become a future leader. Avoid the closed-mindedness of isolationism which limits what you can achieve through your career and personal life. Studying internationally isn’t just a means of getting away from home or trying to change academic requirements. International study demands a lifestyle choice that will build you into a much better individual, well-equipped to face the global market of the modern inter-connected world.

Are Standardized Tests the Best Form of Assessment?

January 15, 2016 0 Comments

For the average American student, standardized testing has become an integral part of his or her educational experience since they first started middle school. While at first, they gave little thought as to what these scores would mean for them, students begin to realize, especially when confronted with the ACT or SAT that their score on a single test could determine if they get an acceptance letter from their dream university or whether they have to settle with a college that is much lower on their list. With all that is riding on a single test score, educators and students begin to ask: is standardized testing the best way of assessment?

According to Time Magazine, “The earliest record of standardized testing comes from China, where hopefuls for government jobs had to fill out examinations testing their knowledge of Confucian philosophy and poetry.” It’s plain to see that standardized testing has changed since then. However, it is clear that standardized testing is an age-old method. Our modern versions of standardized tests such as the SAT and the ACT were developed much more recently.

The SAT was developed in 1925 as the “Scholastic Aptitude Test” by the College Board. While the SAT tests of today last for hours, the initial SAT test only lasted for 90 minutes. After World War II, the SAT had become a standard for admittance into college. The SAT remained primarily unchanged for sixty years until the addition of a writing section in 2005.

After the SAT had been around for over thirty years the ACT was developed. Everett Franklin Lundquist, who also pioneered the GED test, developed the ACT in 1959. The ACT was one of the first standardized tests that would determine possible courses of study for students by inquiring about their interests. According to Time Magazine, “The SAT is geared toward testing logic, while the ACT is considered more a test of accumulated knowledge.”

While the purpose of the tests makes sense, in practice, it could be argued that they are no longer the best way of assessing students. Each student is born with a unique set of skills and they come from a diverse array of backgrounds. With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to assess them based on those qualities? Some students could excel in Art, Music, and Theater and end up with a dismal score. On the same note, some students aren’t as adept at taking tests as others and, while they maintain the same GPA as a fellow student, may end up with a much lower score.

While the precedent is set for schools to test students with the SAT and ACT standardized tests, it could be time for a change. With the great variety in students of today, it could be time for a method of assessment that not only assesses their accumulated knowledge and logic, but also tailors the assessment to their strengths, helping demonstrate to colleges the great things they can bring to their university.


Happy New Year From Eli360

January 1, 2016 0 Comments

Dear friends and partners of Eli 360,

We wish you the best with the closing of the past year and the beginning of the new. With every New Year comes new resolutions and a fresh opportunity to make the new year your own. We hope you can look back at 2015 and reflect on the blessings of the past year and look to 2016 with excitement at the prospect of a chance to make the most of a new year.

For this next year, we encourage you to challenge yourself to take on new endeavors with excitement and enthusiasm.

Neil Gaiman once said: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

We hope you can take these words of encouragement to heart and be unafraid to explore new horizons in the coming year, to be creative in all your endeavors.

Best wishes and blessings in the coming year,

Eli 360

How well will Foreign Students Endorse their overseas experience?

August 11, 2012 0 Comments

The issues shared in the article deal with challenges at universities in Australia yet they are the same issues that all our partner universities face year-in-and-year-out. The difference with our partner universities is that they have. . .

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Personal Leadership

July 3, 2012 0 Comments

Do not be ambitous to go after a life, a career or calling that is incongruent to who you are. You will end up bankrupt whether socially, professionally or psychologically. Most importantly you will never experience this aspect we call – leadership.

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ELI 360 Vision

May 16, 2012

. . . our greatest desire is that all people be able to develop their individual talents, abilities, gifts and resources to the maximum BUT WITHOUT harming or hindering others in the process.

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Approaching the Career Decision-Making Process

March 8, 2012 2 Comments

The style of approach to career choice is a paramount contemporary issue. Oftentimes students will aimlessly drift throughout the world of academic and practical experiences until they happen upon an occupation that they eventually choose to pursue, never realizing the objective reasons behind the attraction. . .

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The 13 Characteristics of Excellence

February 27, 2012 1 Comment

After so many years in higher education consulting I’m compelled to address a continuing misconception in the international community.Chemistry Students

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Make Sure Your College Tuition Pays You Back

August 4, 2011 0 Comments

In PayScale’s 2010 report on tuition pay back or return-on-investment (ROI) you will see that out of the top 100 universities only 31% were state universities. That means 69% were private universities. Out of the 1000 plus universities listed on their report ELI 360 partner universities ranked very high on ROI.

UMHB receives generous donations towards Nursing Building Fund

June 21, 2011 0 Comments

Thanks to the generous financial gifts from two foundations, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is another step closer to raising enough money for the construction of a new facility for their college of nursing.

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