Campus Policies & Internationalization

Latest U.S. Survey on Impacts of Studying Abroad & Linkage to Student Employability

At the recent IIE (Institute for International Education) Generation Study Abroad “Summit” held in Washington, D.C., a research survey report was released: “Gaining an Employment Edge:  The Impact of Study abroad on 21st century Skills and Career Prospects in the United States, 2013-2016.” https://www.iie.org/Why-IIE/Announcements/2017-10-02-Gaining-an-Employment-Edge  The survey is important because of its size – over 4,500 alumni – and scope ( respondents studied abroad between 1999-00 and 2016-17). This Summit was the third sponsored by IIE in support of their initiative to double the []

Maximize the Impact of International Experience via Purposeful Career Integration on Campus

My colleagues at The Learning Abroad Center on the University of Minnesota campus have announced plans for the third conference on the important and essential topic of career integration to be held in Washington D.C., August 8-10, 2018.  The theme of the 2018 conference, “Leveraging Partnerships,” examines how connections between study abroad and career services professionals can be maximized to help students find success in the job market. Go to https://umabroad.umn.edu/professionals/career-int/conferences/2018-conference/ (register on this page at careerintegration.org).  I’ll be tracking the program []

FOUNDATIONAL READINGS FOR EDUCATION ABROAD SCHOLAR-PRACTITIONERS

Anthony C. Ogden, PhD, Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at Michigan State University, has crafted an important resource for all professionals in the education abroad field.  I think it’s also quite relevant for anyone working in any aspect of international education – on and off campus.  I’m very pleased that he has included several of my publications under the category of Career Development & Employability. Readers of my blog know that I’ve been writing on this topic for over a []

Why Shouldn’t Campuses Help Every College Student Obtain a Passport to Graduate?

Have your attention?  I’ve been thinking a lot about this for months, and now that graduation time is upon us (in the U.S.), I thought I’d again throw out this question (which I did raise on my Twitter feed awhile ago)… A recent op-ed in the NY Times (the paper with real news), “Go East, Young American,” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/opinion/sunday/go-east-young-american.html?_r=0 caught my attention. NYU professor, Suketu Mehta (an Indo-American writer), described his family’s experience emigrating from India to raise interesting points about why more []

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 []

Elon University’s Purposeful Plan to Link Education Abroad & Student Career Development

I’m pleased to share this guest post by Kristen Aquilino, International Career Fellow in the Elon Student Professional Development Center.   Elon is one of the many campuses I cite in my publication for AIFS: “Campus Best Practices Supporting Education Abroad & Student Career Development (2014):  http://www.aifsabroad.com/advisors/pdf/Tillman_AIFS_Campus_Best_Practices.pdf _________________ Elon University’s Strategic Plan highlights eight main priorities, each with ambitious key objectives.  The first priority is “an unprecedented university commitment to diversity and global engagement.” This commitment calls for a holistic approach, and there are []

What is the purpose of a “higher”education in the 21st century?

A UK perspective, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/its-time-rethink-what-social-mobility-means, by Graeme Atherton: head of AccessHE and director of the National Education Opportunities Network. His new book, The Success Paradox: why we need a holistic theory of social mobility, is published by Polity Press. He writes: “Concentrating solely on economic progression is pushing social mobility into a corner, and may be doing as much harm as good. Social mobility is in essence about what you think success is. The big issues that are coming to dominate the early []

Looking Ahead — The Discourse of Internationalization of Career Services in German Universities: Part III

In this closing blog in a series of three posts by Jerome Rickmann, he outlines a unique effort in the EU to create a European Centre for Career Development & Entrepreneurship. I’m grateful for this extended discussion by Jerome about the role of career service offices in German universities and their contribution to internationalization of their higher education institutions.  There is, unfortunately, no corresponding effort in the U.S. to unify and share university career development resources. With rare exceptions, this is also []