Time for a “New Deal” Between Higher Education & Democratic Capitalism?

I think this new report by Anthony Carnavale, head of the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, deserves a wide readership – and so here it is: https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/new-deal.pdf In his conclusion, he states: “The choice between general and specific education is not a zero-sum game. The economic value of a college education and work training has added a new emphasis to the broader postsecondary mission. In a modern republic, the higher education mission is still to empower individuals to live fully []

Are The Wolves At The Door?

Of events in the United States since January 20, this is what I think [from the February 13/20, 2017 New Yorker, by Adam Gopnik]: Democratic civilization has turned out to be even more fragile than we imagined; the resources of civil society have turned out to be even deeper than we knew.  The battle between these two shaping forces –between the axman assaulting the old growth and the still firm soil and deep roots that support the tree of liberty –will now []

Campus Education Abroad ‘Sherpas’

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’ve just read a very important article by Goldie Blumenstyk in the August 16 Chronicle of Higher Education (via subscription only), “Meet Higher Education’s Newest Players: ‘Education Sherpas.’  It’s applying the analogy of the sherpa as guide to the acute need on our campuses for mentors to assist students make it through the “higher ed maze.” Especially for low-income and first gen students.  In case you did not know the stat, less than 50% of students…

Running List of University/College and Higher Education Organization/Association Responses to President Trump’s Executive Order Entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals” Issued January 27, 2017

Originally posted on International Higher Education Consulting:
On Sunday, January 29th I started compiling a list of U.S. colleges and universities and higher education organizations/associations that have issued statements in response to President Trump’s Executive Order Entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals” that was issued last Friday, January 27, 2017.  You can access the list at bit.ly/2k7ixtQ. The list of institutions and higher education organizations/associations links to their public statements and I’m seeking your assistance…

“See” Something? Say Something.

In conversation with a campus colleague today, I happened to blurt out that the moment we’re in now requires something akin to the advice given public transit passengers in recent years.  We hear it all the time on trains and busses and it’s on signs…So, yes, we are seeing a President acting against the interests of the nation and not in the interests of  all the people. For years, I’ve drawn a sharp line in the sand to separate my political beliefs []

I Oppose the Trump Travel Ban

This statement is found on my LinkedIn profile: I’ve been giving notice on my social media accounts to this list by David Comp. I believe it’s a moral obligation for any American campus President, with international students and scholars on their campus, to speak out against the ban. David’s list, as of 2-2, represents less than 10% of the 3,000 campuses in the U.S. known to have international students enrolled.…This is David’s notice to NAFSA members to assist him in keeping the []

Disconnect Between What Students Prefer to Study & Where Jobs Are in Workforce

I think the nexus of the conundrum facing higher education  institutions for years to come is reflected in the post header. A new survey, Career Satisfaction, https://www.sokanu.com/analytics/degree-satisfaction, of 22,000 undergrads by the career support firm, Sokanu finds that “…jobs that are among the most in-demand and high-paying among employers are among the least popular among college students, and degrees with the lowest levels of earning potential are among the programs,  attracting the greatest number of students.”  This may be a “dog eats child’s []

Trump’s Claims Undermine Trust in Democracy

Originally posted on NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog:
President-elect Donald Trump’s fabricated claims that undocumented immigrants have voted in numbers large enough to sway the popular vote undermines citizens’ trust in our democracy, undercuts the legitimacy of U.S. democracy abroad, and demonizes undocumented immigrants while diverting attention from legitimate concerns about our democracy, including money in politics, suppression of U.S. citizens’ right to vote, and gerrymandering. Rates of voter fraud of the type President-elect Trump is alleging are miniscule, ranging from…

How are one million international students studying in U.S. coping post-election?

Based on a national online chat I just participated in conducted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators (www.nafsa.org), it’s safe to say that fear and confusion dominates daily life for many of the one million international students studying in the U.S.  And this is placing a great burden upon the student affairs staff, those international student advisors who are responsible for their welfare, since the election. I’m leaving behind, for this one moment, the focus of my blog…I’ve been waiting to find []


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Marty has been a strong thought partner on the issue of education abroad and student career development. As an employer interested in hiring graduates with an international mindset, it was helpful to liaise with Marty and consider the bridge between the study abroad experience and the skill sets of the global professional. He’s become a leader in this space, as evidenced by his extensive involvement with NAFSA on this issue and his numerous publications on the topic.

Simon Kho

Global Head, Corporate & Investment Bank Campus Recruiting, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Marty is doing an exceptional job at keeping education abroad professionals like me informed about, not just career trends, but about the need to link career and academics.

His posts and guides have been pivotal in making me understand the importance of incorporating career development elements into our international programs. They have also empowered me to make those changes. I attribute a significant part of our success in increasing study abroad enrollment to Marty’s advocacy.

Paloma Rodriguez

Coordinator of International Education, Santa Fe College

 

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