Our 2017 International Education Predictions Revisited
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Issue #75 - December 2017
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2017 Predictions and Outcomes

It’s that time of year when we self-evaluate critically and unsparingly (for the most part). In our January 2017 Newsletter we made ten predictions related to the world of international education - some seemingly obvious, some less so. Now that the year is coming to an end, we take a look back at the predictions we made in the beginning of the year, and share our modest successes and painful failures with you all!

We hope you have a great holiday season.

Keith Clausen, President
for the Envisage International Team

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For-Profit School’s Revenue and Enrollment will Continue to Decline in 2017

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No Drastic Changes in Store for the J1 Visa Program

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Canada Benefits at the Expense of the US

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Facebook Live Will Gain Popularity Among Educational Institutions and Businesses

This one was half right. Over the past year Facebook Live has grown by more than 4x, according to Facebook, and although certain educational businesses and select colleges and universities have... Read more >>>

ESL Programs Increase Marketing and Recruiting Dramatically

We missed this one. We know that the ESL world has continued to see declines in enrollment in 2017, but our prediction on ESL programs increasing their marketing... Read more >>>

Despite Efforts, Fake News Will Still be Widespread on Facebook

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Study Abroad Growth Continues to Slow, More Students Studying in Latin America and Asia

There’s no real way to take this prediction as a winner, and we’ve tried. The overall number of US students studying abroad rose 3.8% to 325,339, increasing at a faster rate than... Read more >>>

The Rise of Software Containers

Correct! Containers were huge this year and they don’t appear to be slowing down at all. 2017 saw widespread adoption of containers by Google, Amazon, Microsoft IBM and many... Read more >>>

Internet of Things (IoT) Will Become Mainstream

This is on the mark. IoT is now everywhere: your connected refrigerator will remind you when the milk is about to spoil, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and other digital tools control your... Read more >>>

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