Friday, February 27, 2009

H.R. 1066 Peace Corps Expansion Act 2009

On February 13, 2009 Representative Sam Farr (CA-D) who is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer introduced the Peace Corps Expansion Act of 2009 (H.R. 1066) with 40 co-sponsors. Farr’s bill calls for $450 million to be budgeted in FY 2010 to support and expand the Peace Corps followed by $600 million for FY 2011 and $750 million in FY 2012.

Please see my previous
post on the More Peace Corps movement and President Obama’s frequent campaign pledge to double the number of Peace Corps volunteers.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cross-Cultural Awareness in the U.S. Military

During the recent Forum on Education Abroad conference in Portland I was talking with my friend and colleague Bruce LaBrack about some his consulting projects which reminded me about a post I wanted to add to IHEC Blog.

I’m writing today about an article from and a subsequent discussion on
SECUSS-L (study abroad listserv) entitled Toward a ‘Cross-Culturally Competent’ Air Force”. I won’t summarize the article but will simply provide this link for those of you who haven’t read it yet.

Additionally, credit should be given to Joshua Burns who is a graduate student at S.I.T. Graduate Institute who forward a link to SECUSS-L for an excellent bibliography entitled Culture Awareness and the Military which you can access

Please refer to my previous post on Project Go – The ROTC Language & Culture Project here for another example of the military's effort to increase cross-cultural competence and understanding among it's ranks.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act of 2009

February 25, 2009 Special Edition reports that Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act of 2009 today on the floor of the U.S. Senate. You can read this special edition of here.

Additionally, NAFSA has set-up a webpage on their public policy
website devoted entirely to the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act that includes some historical background on this bill and a video of Senator Simon from November 13, 2003 discussing the importance of U.S. students studying abroad and establishing what, at the time, was known as the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program.

Those of you who are interested in the history of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act might remember that on November 18, 2003 NAFSA released Securing America's Future: Global Education for a Global Age - Report of the Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad to the general public and that the concept behind the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program was introduced by the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) in this report. Inspired by President Lincoln’s understanding of international matters and his signing of the Morrill Act, the Land Grant College Act, Senator Simon envisioned a Fellowship of up to $7,000 a year awarded to 500,000 college students to study abroad annually for a least a summer or semester with priority given to those students seeking educational opportunities in developing nations. The cost of this program would be $3.5 billion a year which is only one-seventh of 1 percent of the federal budget. In the words of Senator Simon, “The question is not whether we can do it, but whether these fellowships should be one of our priorities.”

You can access the video of Senator Simon that was previously mentioned

Grade Translation in Education Abroad Standards Project

During the Standards Committee meeting at the Forum on Education Abroad conference in Portland last week I accepted the task to coordinate the development of standards of good practice in grade translation/conversion in order to avoid discrepancies among different groups reporting grades.

I'm seeking volunteers to help with this project in support of the greater standards of good practice in education abroad. Volunteers are preferred from the Mid-Career group in the field. If you are interested in contributing to this project please let me know as soon as possible. I would like to move forward in the near future with the goal so that I can submit a completed project to the Standards Committee several weeks before the NAFSA conference which is when/where the next committee meeting will likely be held. I can be reached at: or

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Chemistry as a Second Language: Chemical Education in a Globalized Society

In my day job I work as the Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College at The University of Chicago. One of my responsibilities is to serve as the liaison between the Dean of Students Office and the undergraduate program chair of the Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors so I thought I’d post the call for papers for the 2009 autumn meeting of the American Chemical Society scheduled in Washington, DC on August 16-20, 2009. As this upcoming ACS autumn meeting will focus in part on international and cross-cultural issues faced in the field of Chemistry I thought this was a perfect blend of my international education and Chemistry/Biological Chemistry liaison responsibilities.

The following description of the meeting is taken from IIE.Interactive: February 23-27, 2009:

“Collaborations between scientists often transcend borders and cultural differences. The fundamental nature of science allows scientists to communicate using their knowledge of their field but the institutions that support them are often hindered by financial and cultural barriers. As a result, US students are often unaware of opportunities for chemistry study in countries other than the United States.

This symposium will discuss ways in which barriers to cross-cultural scientific exchange can be lowered. Papers on international exchange programs, classroom methods, and international experiences are invited. In particular, authors from organizations with a vested interest in chemists with a global perspective are encouraged to present.”

For more information visit Paper submissions can be done here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

International Education Blogs ~ A New Blogging Project by David Comp

International Education Blogs is a new blogging project I started today as an effort to bring all of the blogs on the web that touch on international education issues into one central location. Essentially it will be a blog roll with a few postings. Please bear with me as I learn the technology. This initial launch will have two different blog lists for you to review.

The first list of blogs will be those of people who are blogging on the field/state of international education and related matters.

The second list of blogs will be those of students and others who are currently blogging from a foreign location.

If you have any ideas for blogs to be added to International Education Blogs please send me an e-mail at:

You can access International Education Blogs here:

International Higher Education Expert Database

The Center for International Higher Education at Boston College now hosts an expert database that allows visitors to find scholars and practitioners around the world who have expertise in specific areas of international higher education. This new searchable database can be accessed from the CIHE homepage:

For anyone who would like to be listed in the database, there is a form online at:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Discussion Topics for Research Roundtable at Forum on Education Abroad Conference

It turns out that I will be having a more active role in the "Research Roundtable: Current Projects in Education Abroad" session at the Forum on Education Abroad conference today at 3:45pm. I'll actually be leading the session and have prepared the following questions for discussion:

1. Who's working on and planning research projects? - please share

2. What methodology/instruments are you using?

3. What other research should the field do to influence policy and/or practice?

4. What are the best mediums to disseminate new knowledge in the field?

5. In 2009 is it best to focus publication efforts on the field of education abroad (ie. in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Journal of Studies in International Education, etc) or should eforts focus on reaching outsiders (ie. institutional leaders, politicians, general public, etc.) to inform on the value of an edcation abroad and what the field is doing?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Research Inventory of the Social Science Research Council’s Committee on Cross-Cultural Education by M. Brewster Smith (1955?)

As many IHEC Blog readers know, one of my main research interests is compiling and editing annotated bibliographies on international education exchange. One of my current projects is finding and reviewing the very early research literature on international education exchanges both to and from the United States. The goal of this project is to update my Growth of Research on Education Abroad ~ 1950’s to Present chart I compiled for the chapter I co-authored in A Guide to Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad (2007). I was just reading Educational Exchanges: Aspects of the American Experience, Report of a Conference Sponsored by the Committee on International Exchange of Persons of the Conference Board of Associated Research Councils by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council (1956) [which I’m proud to say I personally own and keep in the International Higher Education Consulting library] and I’m now on a quest to locate a research inventory of the Social Science Research Council’s Committee on Cross-Cultural Education by M. Brewster Smith from the mid-1950’s (perhaps published in 1955?). If any IHEC Blog readers have any leads I’d appreciate hearing from you.

Those of you interested in the early literature in the field of international education may find my previous IHEC Blog post entitled “
First Research Study on Outcomes of Study Abroad” to be of interest.

SPECIAL NOTE - Special arrangements may be made for access to the International Higher Education Consulting library and archive where much historic and classic literature in the field may be found. Additionally, if you would like to make a literature donation to the library and archive I would love to hear from you. Early in 2008 I received my first donation from Mr.
Phillip Altbach from Boston College who sent me many important and historical pieces of research and literature from the 1980’s.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Status of IHEC Blog Posts this Week

I'm heading to the Forum on Education Abroad conference early tomorrow morning and I will have limited access to the internet as I'm leaving my laptop at home for family use. There will certainly be computer access provided by the Forum but I may not have much time to blog from the conference. I'll be back to normal operation next Monday.

The Global Dimension of Walter Payton College Prep

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, a Chicago Public School that specializes in mathematics, science and world languages, is a leader preparing the next generation of college students to be global citizens. Students can study Chinese, Japanese, Latin, French and Spanish and participate in ongoing and planned exchanges with Shenyang Experimental High School in China, in Strasbourg, France, with Osaka City Senior High School in Japan, in Milan, Italy and in Santiago, Chile. You can watch an excellent seven minute video on the international education opportunities available at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School on edutopia (The George Lucas Educational Foundation) here. Additionally, you can read about the international activities planned for 2008-2009 on the schools website here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Manitoba’s International Education Strategy

my Steinbach has an interesting article on the international education strategy of the Province of Manitoba, Canada. According to the article, the provincial government estimates that international students contributed approximate $75 million to Manitoba’s economy in 2006-2007 and that Manitoba saw the highest percentage gain (102%) of international students among all provinces between 2000 and 2006. Manitoba’s five year international education strategy focuses on the following five areas:

International Student Programs – providing educational promotion, opportunities and support services for international students.

International Education Projects and Contracts – participating in international development projects or securing educational contracts.

Offshore Education and International Collaborations – offshore education may offer components of programs or establish branch campuses overseas. This may be done either directly or by authorizing partners to deliver programs abroad. And collaboration initiatives involve working with Manitoba institutions to recognize, negotiate, expand and assist international collaboration.

International Mobility of Students, Teachers, Faculty and other Educational Staff – providing opportunities for direct international experience.

Internationalization of Teaching and Learning – covering international aspects within academic subjects, professional, technical and vocational training, and introducing an international dimension across the curriculum and within the classroom.

You can access the International Education Strategy of the Province of Manitoba 2009-2013

Friday, February 13, 2009

Current Research Projects in Education Abroad Roundtable at Forum on Education Abroad Conference

Next week Wednesday to Friday (Feb. 18th to 20th) I’ll be attending the annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad in Portland, Oregon. On Thursday, February 19th I’ll be assisting with the “Research Roundtable: Current Research Projects in Education Abroad” session starting at 3:45pm. I’m looking forward to learning what research is going on in the field as well as providing a venue for researchers in the field to network.

During the first round of conference sessions at 8:45am on Thursday, February 19th I plan to attend the “Exchange Participants as Citizen Diplomats: Best Practices” presentation by Jed Willard (
The Public Diplomacy Collaborative at the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School ~ more to come on this effort in a future post) and Danielle Scugoza (Penn Abroad Office at the University of Pennsylvania).

Looking forward to seeing many colleagues again in Portland.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Support Generation Y Diplomacy

In her article on The Huffington Post entitled “Dear President Ahmadinejad and President Obama: Support Generation Y Diplomacy”, Negar Razavi advocates for exchanges of young people between Iran and the United. Razavi states that “allowing us space to come together, you are making a relatively inexpensive investment in the long-term security of our countries.” Razavi supports the creation of both academic and citizen exchanges between these two countries. You can access her article here.

See my previous post discussing the first U.S. National Academies and the Iranian Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Science joint workshop on the topic "Science as a Gateway to Understanding" that was held in Tehran in October 2007.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Let’s Go to Roll Out 26 Titles in 2009

Publishers Weekly has an interesting article on the effect the economy is having on travel publishers. According to the article, the U.S. Travel Industry Association anticipates a decrease of 3% in travel expenditures in the United States for 2009. What I found interesting is that Let’s Go plans to publish 26 titles in 2009 and feels that the student travel market, which is tied to the study abroad market, may not be affected by the economy as much as the adult and family travel markets may be affected.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Reestablishing The Peace Corps Program in Indonesia

During the February 5, 2009 daily press briefing at the U.S. Department of State, Robert Wood, Acting Spokesman, answered a question about Secretary Clinton’s interest in reestablishing the Peace Corps program in Indonesia (which was cancelled after two years of operation) by saying that this is something that she will be looking this possibility. This fits well with President Obama’s campaign pledge to double the number of Peace Corps volunteers.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Unintended Consequences of Internationalization

Today we have our fourth guest blogger here at the IHEC Blog. My colleague Erika Mercer from The University of Chicago comments on a recent article by Jane Knight about the unintended consequences of internationalization. Erika’s post follows:

A recent
article by Jane Knight in the Boston College Center for International Higher Education’s quarterly journal International Higher Education examined the unintended consequences of internationalization. One such unintended and often rather problematic consequence she notes is the “rankings race” – institutions competing for prestige through international and regional rankings.

The increased focus on numbers and rankings as a means of determining value in higher and international education is alarming, certainly, as it can take our eyes off of the higher aims and potential of international education. This trend, however, could unfold in interesting ways given the current economic recession. With numbers in international education (enrollments, budgets, etc.) falling as they are in many cases, I wonder whether we might be forced to look away from them as indicators of success and instead look to more abstract (though harder to measure) goals. The silver lining of the current recession may be a window in which we can advocate for meeting the less tangible goals of international education and focus on quality rather than quantity. Idealistic, certainly! But as many of us find ourselves working within smaller budgets (and perhaps with smaller cohorts of students), it may be useful to consider free or inexpensive ways to tailor our programming and educate students about larger, important concepts (for example, citizen diplomacy) -- those hard-to-measure-but-good aspects of internationalization.

In considering Dr. Knight’s article, another unintended consequence of internationalization that comes to mind is the increased need for (obsession with?) accountability. As we’ve seen, the cry for accountability has already echoed through many other facets of higher education. As exchange programs, joint degree programs, etc. grow, we'll feel ever more the need to be transparent and prove legitimacy. This, of course, brings us back to numbers…

Previous IHEC Blog posts focusing on rankings can be found here:

Friday, February 6, 2009

Standards for Environmentally and Socially Responsible Education Abroad Programs

The Forum on Education Abroad has made a draft of their Standards for Environmentally and Socially Responsible Education Abroad Programs available on their website for member comment. I encourage all Forum members to find time in their schedules to review and comment on these new and important for the field.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad-Higher Education and the Quest for Global Citizenship

I’m writing today about a forthcoming book that I look forward to reviewing and adding to my personal library. The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad: Higher Education and the Quest for Global Citizenship edited by Ross Lewin is scheduled to be published by Routledge this coming May. I’ve been interested in this publication since the call for authors and contributors was sent out to the field back in 2007.

The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad is a comprehensive survey of the field. Each chapter eloquently conveys an enthusiasm for study abroad alongside a critical assessment of the most up-to-date research, theory and practice. This contributed volume brings together expert academics, senior administrators, practitioners of study abroad, and policy makers from across the United States, Canada and other parts of the world, who meticulously address the following questions:

  • What do we mean by global citizenship and global competence?
  • What are the philosophical, pedagogical and practical challenges facing institutions as they endeavor to create global citizens?
  • How is study abroad and global citizenship compatible with the role of the academy?
  • What are the institutional challenges to study abroad, including those related to ethics, infrastructure, finances, accessibility, and quality control?
  • Which study abroad programs can be called successful?

The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad is an indispensable reference volume for scholars, higher education faculty, study abroad professionals, policy makers, and the academic libraries that serve these audiences. It is also appropriate for a wide range of courses in Higher Education Master’s and Ph.D. Programs.

Table of Contents for The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad:

Foreword by Allan Goodman

Introduction: The Quest for Global Citizenship through Study Abroad by Ross Lewin

Part I: Defining Global Citizenship in Study Abroad
1. Global Citizenship in Theory and Practice by Hans Schattle
2. Fostering Engagement: The Role of International Education in the Development of Global Civil Society by James Skelly
3. Global Learning and the Making of Citizen Diplomats by Rebecca Hovey and Adam Weinberg
4. International Studies and Foreign Languages: A Critical American Priority by Charles Kolb
5. Global Citizenship Education: Challenges and Possibilities by Ian Davies and Graham Pike

Part II: Aligning Global Citizenship and Study Abroad With the Mission of the Academy
6. Study Abroad and Language: From Maximal to Realistic Models by Dieter Wanner
7. Constructive Disequilibrium: Cognitive and Emotional Development through Dissonant Experiences in Less Familiar Destinations by S. Megan Che, Mindy Spearman and Agida Manizade
8. The Liberal Arts and Global Citizenship: Fostering Intercultural Engagement Through Integrative Experiences and Structured Reflection by Joseph L. Brockington and Margarete D. Wiedenhoeft
9. Study Abroad and Nursing: From Cultural to Global Competence by Connie Currier, James Lucas and Denise Saint Arnault
10. The Role of Study Abroad in Preparing Globally Responsible Teachers by
11. Democratizing Study Abroad: Challenges of Open Access, Local Commitments, and Global Competence in Community Colleges by Robert A. Frost and Rosalind Latiner Raby
12. North of 49: Global Citizenship à la canadienne by Roopa Desai-Trilokekar and Adrian Schubert
13. Global Citizenship and Study Abroad: A European Comparative Perspective by Hans de Wit
14. Strategy for Development of a Global City: Study Abroad in Singapore by Peter Pang

Part III: Institutional Challenges and Strategies to Fostering Global Citizenship Study Abroad
15. It Takes an Entire Institution: A Blueprint for the Global University by William Brustein
16. Turning our Back on the World: Study Abroad and the Purpose of Higher Education by Riall Nolan
17. Faculty Beliefs and Institutional Values: Identifying and Overcoming these Obstacles to Education Abroad Growth by Joan Elias Gore
18. Selling the World: Study Abroad Marketing and the Privatization of Global Citizenship by Talya Zemach-Bersin
19. Global Citizenship for All: Low Minority Student Participation in Study Abroad—Seeking Strategies for Success by Earl Picard, Farrah Bernardino, and Kike Ehigiator
20. Understanding the Challenges of Assessing Global Citizenship by Darla K. Deardorff
21. Here to Stay: Increasing Acceptance of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs by Lisa Chieffo and Lesa Griffiths
22. Going Global in the Sciences: A Case Study of Emory University by Phillip Wainwright, Preetha Ram, Daniel Teodorescu and Dana Tottenham
23. Undergraduate Research in Study Abroad: Scope, Meaning and Potential by Bernhard T. Streitwieser

Part IV. Innovative Global Citizenship Study Abroad Program Models
24. Georgia Tech’s Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Developing Global Competence by Howard Rollins
25. Holistic Student Learning and Development Abroad: The IES 3-D Program Model by Joan Gillespie, Larry Braskamp, Mary Dwyer
26. It Takes A Curriculum: Bringing Global Mindedness Back Home by Kevin Hovland, Caryn McTighe Musil, Ellen Skilton-Sylvester and Amy Jamison
27. Educating Globally Competent Citizens through International Service Learning by William M. Plater, Steven G. Jones, Robert G. Bringle and Patti H. Clayton
28. Creating Deep Partnerships with Institutions Abroad: Bard College as Global Citizen by Susan Gillespie, with Jonathan Becker, Bryan Billings, Sergey Bogdanov, Christina Davis, Fazela Haniff, Ayesha Kajee, Thomas Keenan, Nikolay Koposov, Tawana Kupe and Valery Monakhov
29.Creating Study Abroad Opportunities for First Generation College Students by Maria D. Martinez, Bidya Ranjeet and Helen A. Marx
30. It’s Not About You: The UConn Social Entrepreneur Corps Global Commonwealth Study Abroad Model by Ross Lewin and Greg Van Kirk


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Inter-Associational Network on Campus Internationalization (INCI)

Today I came across an interesting website for a new network of eleven higher education associations focusing on campus internationalization. While still in development, the Inter-associational Network on Campus Internationalization (INCI) website serves as a portal for senior campus leaders who are interested in (or charged with) internationalizing their campus. The eleven associations are:

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
American Council on Education (ACE)
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Association of American Universities (AAU)
Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) ~ see my previous blog
post on soon to be name change)
The Forum on Education Abroad
The Institute of International Education (IIE)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Project Go – The ROTC Language & Culture Project

Project GO announces that the FY09 Institutional Grants cycle is now open.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Project Go (Global Officers) is a collaborative effort pooling the financial and intellectual resources of the
National Security Education Program , the Naval ROTC, Cadet Command (Army ROTC), and Air Force ROTC, a dozen U.S. Universities, and the Institute of International Education to promote global awareness and language proficiency among future military officers.[1]

Project GO FY07 & FY08 Institutional Grant Recipients were:

FY07 Indiana University
University of Mississippi
University of Texas at Austin
San Diego State University

FY08 Arizona State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Louisiana State University
North Georgia College and State University
Texas A&M
The University of Utah
University of South Florida
Virginia Military Institute

[1] Program description taken from the Project Go website

Monday, February 2, 2009

Thoughts on the 'Iraqi Education Initiative'

I’m pleased to announce that my colleague Louis Berends from the Illinois Institute of Technology is the third guest blogger here at IHEC Blog. His blog post on the ‘Iraqi Education Initiative’ follows:

Earlier last month, a colleague of mine visited Iraq in conjunction with the "Iraqi Education Initiative". Representatives from various U.S. higher education institutions took part in the visit, whereby they had the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri Kamel al-Maliki. Several countries, in addition to the U.S., were involved in the "Symposium on International Education" including, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Fellow international educators may remember first hearing about the Initiative at last years NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference, held in Washington, D.C. The main purpose of the Initiative is to enhance the capacity for scientific knowledge of a nation decimated by the ongoing conflict and subsequent displacement of many of its citizens and scholars. The Initiative will offer 10,000 scholarships over a period of five years to students studying in the science, technology, and engineering fields (among others). To be sure, the democratization process has created a "vacuum" in Iraq's higher education institutions, which presents many challenges for the Minister of Education, Khundayr al-Khuzai. The challenges are many, but there are viable solutions. In short, Iraq's ongoing "transition" to a democracy cannot do so successfully without the help of the international community, and more importantly, higher education initiatives. Similarly, UNESCO's International University Network for Iraq (IUNI) highlights the importance of educational borrowing and transfer through the collaboration of higher education institutions and non-government organizations. In doing so, knowledge production increases by facilitating the exchange of ideas and persons throughout the world to and from Iraq. Building an educational foundation in Iraq (that lasts) rests on the educational cooperation of many nations. However, the ultimate responsibility, or dare I say duty, rests on the conscientious and decisive action of U.S. higher education institutions to pursue the many avenues of rebuilding a nation-state in an increasingly inter-dependent world.

For more information, visit the following links: