Equal Access to Ed Abroad

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 []

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 []

Tap Minority Serving Institutions to Increase Diversity in Study Abroad

I’m very pleased to have Dr. Gasman provide her insights on an issue which has bedeviled the international education field for decades.  We have been well aware of the huge racial disparity among students who have the opportunity to study abroad – and despite the best intentions of both academic institutions and “provider” organizations, the numbers have only moved the needle of equality a tiny percent.  But the new model partnership between the Penn Center and CIEE described here is promising. If []

On Increasing the Number & Diversity of Students Going Abroad in Future Generations

I’m sure you’re well aware of the ambitious initiative of IIE to support academic institutions in the United States with the goal of doubling the national number of students – from the current 300K to 600K – who study abroad by 2019.  The Institute is sponsoring a “summit” in Fall, 2015 to serve as a catalyst for those institutions who sign up as “partners” – http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/About; to date, there are about 600 partners who have committed to set their own goals towards realizing []

Black Students Studying Abroad & “The Next Great Migration”

This may be the most controversial title & theme I’ve ever written about. But it is not my idea, rather, it is the title of an op-ed in the Sunday New York Times of March 1, 2015, by Thomas Chatterton Williams:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/opinion/sunday/the-next-great-migration.html?_r=0 Williams is an African-American ex-pat who writes from Paris.  The gist of his essay has to do with his outrage over “the extrajudicial police killings of black men and women across America.”  And he asks why  more black Americans are not []

A Look Into “Future” of Higher Education [in U.S.]

In case you’re interested, I’ve been writing book review for the NAFSA magazine, International Educator, for the past twenty years. But I’ve not written about a good book on my blog – so here is the first I’m touting as a good read: College [UN]Bound by Jeffrey Selingo, editor-at-large for the Chronicle of Higher Education [a good blog to follow]. He writes very clearly and succinctly and without jargon. Further, I pretty much agree with all that he says and the way []

Macroeconomics, Inequality & Study Abroad

How do these come together?  I’ve been thinking about this due to the surprising popularity of a new book by Thomas Pinketty called “Capital in the Twenty-first Century.”  While I have not read it, I’ve heard him speak about it and read reviews —bottom line, we are a nation of growing economic inequality and it’s not going away. It’s a structural problem.  We also know about the increasing concern about massive student debt – upwards of 1 trillion dollars; and the struggles []

Separate And Unequal Access to Higher Education & Impact on Equal Access to International Education

This report in the Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2013/08/01/how-to-fight-growing-economic-and-racial-segregation-in-higher-ed/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en is very troubling to me. During the recession,  I’ve had increasing concerns about  the longstanding issue of unequal access to international educational experiences on campuses.  We used to refer to this as a need to focus on “under-represented” populations but this often was a bit vague:  men are in this category, but, most of the time we were really talking about race and not gender equality. And now this report focuses on an even []

NAFSA: A Global Commons & The Growing Inequality of Access to International Education

It’s the week after the world’s largest gathering of international educators in St. Louis, MO. Over 8,500 professionals -representing academic institutions and both for-profit and nonprofit organizations – and supporting businesses from 100 nations spent a week sharing insights, research and creative new program initiatives with one another.  If you do not know about NAFSA, go to http://www.nafsa.org; for those readers who are members, no need to read on….I’ve been attending the annual conference of the association since 1977 and it really []

Employability, Education Abroad & False Choices

According to data collected from the International Institute of Education (IIE), only 274,000 students out of more than 20 million enrolled in post-secondary education studied abroad in 2010-11.  Read that statistic again.  I decided to take a step back to consider whom we are talking about when discussing the topics/themes of my blog.  These numbers tell us something  not too often talked about in all the current writing about the mission of the university and whether we “taint” that mission when we []