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Concourse, CIS Announce Partnership To Improve Access For International Students

The Council of International Schools and Concourse has established a collaboration to increase access to global higher education opportunities for students.

The collaboration will optimize access to Concourse for over 1,330 CIS member schools and universities in 123 countries, according to the online platform that seeks to reinvent admissions by having universities make assertive admission offers to students based on academic performance, interests, and financial needs.

Furthermore, it will inspire a greater number of exceptional institutions to embrace our student-centric admission strategy, bringing additional higher education possibilities to graduating students around the world, according to Concourse CEO Joe Morrison.

Concourse’s purpose is to rethink admissions in order to increase access and equity in higher education.

As new universities are added, high schools, and students, the effectiveness of the flipped admission platform grows exponentially.

According to executive director Jane Larsson, CIS recognizes the need for change in the way students connect with higher education institutions, and new means have led to increased access and equity. “It helps students and parents learn more about universities that they may not have previously considered,” she detailed.

The collaboration aims to benefit both universities and students by providing more chances for engagement during the application process. The Concourse platform will be available to CIS university and school members with no upfront payments and favourable prices for universities when matches occur, according to the stakeholders. They will however work together on a joint CIS Match initiative in the future, which would connect students from CIS institutions with students from CIS schools.

International education has grown, according to Larsson, with local schools internationalizing and CIS member schools that formerly catered to expatriate families enrolling more students from the communities in which they are located. A number of changes in the foreign school market over the last three decades, Larsson observed.

Although student populations have shifted from expatriate families, with the majority of pupils being global nomadic children of mobile parents, schools are expected to serve an increasingly local population by 2020.

Changes in culture, staff, and pedagogy are also recognized, according to Larsson. She mentioned that she hopes that increased coordination between schools and higher education providers will make the application process more inexpensive.

Culture is becoming increasingly rooted in local traditions, with an expanding number of local teachers, and curricula that are not always based on western pedagogy and are typically more responsive to the local context.

Scholarships, in general, are in high demand, according to Larsson, who cautioned that generalizations should be taken with a grain of salt, pointing out that the CIS membership is extremely diverse.

Because it is so complex, there are many barriers in the application process, indicating that collaboration is one approach to break those barriers.

“Our collaboration sets an industry example by bringing together technology and community to enable an improved transition for students to higher education along the lines described in NACAC’s recent report Toward a More Equitable Future for Postsecondary Access,” Morrison added.

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