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

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
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…

Macroeconomics, Inequality & Study Abroad

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
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…

WHAT DOES RESEARCH HAVE TO DO WITH BUILDING CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION?

Michael is a longtime colleague whose views on the role and function of research not only make sense but seem compelling to me – MJT Guest blog By Michael Smithee President, SmitheeAssociates Website:  http://smitheeassociates.com/   Research rather than opinion Twenty years ago, advancing knowledge in the field of international education was in a nascent stage.  There were very few journals and books that spoke to issues embedded in the field of  international education.  Internationalization was a term that often drew quizzical looks from []

Nepal Earthquake: How Can I Help?

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
This blog post was originally published by The Center for High Impact Philanthropy. On Saturday, April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with additional tremors continuing throughout the last three days. Nearly 5,000 are already confirmed dead, with many thousands more injured and/or without adequate food, water, or shelter.  At times like this, the first question for many is, “How can I help?” For those who want to help, here’s what you need to know now. There are…

The World Needs More International Higher Education – University World News

Appearing in the April 24, 2015 Global Edition of University World News, this essay offers a solid framework and rationale for all campuses around the world.  Perhaps a bit overly optimistic when the author states “no country…is immune from the process of globalization…” I can think of many. Yet, I do like the reference to the “virtuous cycle” of internationalization and globalization. I have not read the book, Democratizing Higher Education, where research “shows that international higher education has been an important []

Closing the Expectation Gap Between Students & Employers

On the NAFSA: Association of International Educators blog page, I wrote:  http://blog.nafsa.org/2015/04/24/closing-the-expectation-gap-between-students-employers/ Overview of results from a January 2015 survey by the Association of American Colleges & Universities pointing to need for all campuses to creatively innovate and create a campus culture fully integrating career development with curricular offerings and with co-curricular opportunities – like study abroad and international internships. 

A Global Kumbaya Moment: “We’ve Got the Whole World at University…Is It Worth It?

Leave it to those UK editors at The Economist!  The special report in the March 28 issue: http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21646985-american-model-higher-education-spreading-it-good-producing-excellence is an excellent overview , on a global scale, of the impact of massification of the higher education industry. While crediting the U.S. and our research university system for launching the globalization of higher ed, they ask the $64,000 question: is it – or has it been – worth the investment of resources?  Yes, the “return” on this investment is relatively greater in poorer nations, but, []

Graduating “Employable” Students

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’ve just completed a new book chapter with Dr. Cheryl Matherly from the University of Tulsa, titled “Higher Education and the Employability Agenda.” It will come out in a textbook sometime this year (Palgrave) on Higher Education Policy and Governance.  We spent many months conducting quite a bit of background research on this topic and looked at material from both North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. If you’re interested at all in reading about youth unemployment…

Lifetime Employment “vs.” Lifetime Employability

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’ve been a longtime user of LinkedIn and consulted on its effective use as a tool in the job search process.  The site is universally – across national borders – seen as an indispensable tool for any professional (whether employed or job seeking).  And so this article reporting an interview with the site’s founder, Reid Hoffman, was intriguing:  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702304168904580031461652986300. Hoffman has a way with metaphors and I liked his statement that [private sector] employers, to remain…

The Art of Being Human & “Value” of a College Education

This essay is a time-out for me.  I’ve been speaking about the need for students to become more savvy about how to link their international education experiences to their aspirations for employment for a long time.  Titles in this blog reflect that quite clearly. And I know that many of my colleagues are very concerned about the need for their campuses to do a better job about preparing their students to enter the workforce. In the times we’re in, this is, needless []


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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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