Thursday, December 30, 2010

Who in the International Education Arena do you Follow on Twitter?

I, along with a few others, was forwarded a question on Twitter today (actually a RT) asking "Which intl ed Twitter accounts do you think are the best?".  This is a great question and one I hope will produce a long list.  I have had a draft list slowly growing for a future IHEC Blog post on the top international education Twitter accounts I follow.  This, however, is a time consuming process as I currently follow 1,335 and I haven't been able to sort through my entire list in a timely manner.  I've slowly started to select my favorites when I'm on Twitter as I grab the RSS feed for the accounts that provide value to my work and research.  Over the last few months I've been grabbing the RSS feeds of my favorites as that is the best way for me to see every post

Why follow 1,335 people when I only find value in a select few?  When I access Twitter on my PC or iPhone I can see what students are saying about study abroad (they are saying quite a bit actually...) and I can see how international education programs, offices and/or organizations are using Twitter as a communication tool (this is more for my research on new media and international education).  The RSS feeds are for my favorites.

Are you on Twitter?  If so, forward your best international education Twitter accounts to @ManitouHeights.

I'll probably still make my Top Twitter List but it will be a Top 18 list or something like that...

I'm using Twitter differently as of late.  I'm still a big fan but Twitter is becoming a bit overwhelming and I'm really glad that Twitter has made individual account RSS feeds available.

Friday, December 24, 2010

IHEC Blog is Going on Vacation but will be Thinking...

Due to the holiday season here in the U.S. I am taking some time off of work, dissertation and IHEC Blog and related activities to spend time with family up in Milwaukee and then back home in Chicago.  I will return to IHEC Blog on or around Monday, January 3, 2011.

One project I have in the works (and will be thinking about much during break) is better ways to make my electronic resources at Bury Book International Education Library & Archive more organized and searchable for my research efforts, more accessible to collaborators and more environmentally friendly (see yesterday's IHEC Blog post about WWF formatting).  To that end, I have set up an account with Box and am in the early stages of learning how to better connect and share new international education research citations and abstracts and related literature with my colleague @IDPDRIE as well as a few others.  More on this I imagine in a future post...

Photo credit:  Milwaukee City Hall by Just Add Light

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2011 Global Forum on Borderless Higher Education Vancouver, Canada - May 25-27, 2011

The following is a copy and paste job of pertinent information related to the 2011 Global Forum on Borderless Higher Education that I recently received in an e-mail from the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education and obtained from their website:

Speakers invited to participate in the 2011 Global Forum include:

· Brenda Gourley, former Vice Chancellor, The Open University (UK);

· Choon Fong Shih, President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia);

· Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia);

· Lou Anne Simon, President, Michigan State University (USA);

· Svava Bjarnason, International Finance Corporation (World Bank); and

· Lloyd Axworthy, President, University of Winnipeg (Canada).

The 2011 Global Forum will delve into a variety of critical topics that are transforming borderless higher education.  These include:

A. Global Regionalism

The emergence of regional higher education networks for building partnerships, facilitating interregional student mobility, and fostering greater awareness and connections of common cultural, social, language, and heritage across the region.

B. Private Partnerships
What are some of the emerging trends in private partnerships in tertiary education? How do they affect the internationalisation strategies of universities? What role does geography play in forging private partnerships?

C. Student Mobility
As student migration is changing at a dynamic pace, an understanding of the factors influencing where students study is critical for success. How can higher education institutions attract more international students? What is driving the decision of many youth to study outside their home countries? How can universities increase the outbound mobility of their students?

D. Open and Distance Learning
Global applications of open and distance learning systems in borderless higher education at the regional and global levels. Moreover, the use of ODL delivery systems to provide HE access to underserved student populations, working adults, and geographically isolated rural communities and cultures.

E. International Quality Assurance
The shifting and changing landscape of quality assurance and assessment models for ensuring quality in borderless higher education programmes. Will the challenging fiscal environment for higher education be a catalyst for more diploma mill providers and low-quality providers attempting to take advantage of this depressed market?

F. The Transnational Student Experience
The services that enhance the holistic student experience for international students and successful models for providing these services. How are issues of culture, language and social 'norms' of international students addressed in curriculum and assessment?

You can learn more and register for the 2011 Global Forum here.  The 2011 Global Forum coincides quite nicely with the 2011 Annual NAFSA conference which is also taking place in Vancouver from May 29-June 3, 2011 which you can learn more about here.

Photo credit:  JamesZ_Flickr

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Looking for 400th International Education Related YouTube Channel Subscription

I've gone on a little subscription spree lately on YouTube.  Specifically, I been adding to the international education list on IHEC Blog's YouTube channel and the other day I reached 399 subscription and I'm looking for Number 400!  While there is some original video content that I have posted to my YouTube channel my main purpose with setting up the channel in the first place was to turn it into a clearing house of international education video content.

If you have a YouTube channel that focuses on international education I would love to hear from you.  Drop me a note in the comment section below, send me a DM on Twitter (@DavidComp) or send me an e-mail at You can access my YouTube channel at

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

International Higher Education Consulting and Bury Book International Education Library & Archive are Greener and will now "Save as WWF"

International Higher Education Consulting and all of my side activities such as Bury Book International Education Library & Archive are going green and will now "Save as WWF"!  Actually, I've always been as Green as possible. Moving forward from today, all documents that I would typically save and distribute in PDF format will be saved in WWF format!  What is WWF format?  Simply put, the WWF format is similar to a PDF but it cannot be printed!  You can save documents (including websites and e-mail messages) in WWF format.  As time permits, I will also begin to reformat current Bury Book resources that are in PDF and Word formats into the new WWF format.  This, however, will take a bit of time...

I encourage all international education organizations, programs, professionals, students and others to make the switch to "Save as WWF" and at the very least to "Think Before You Print".  Learn more about WWF format at

Many thanks to Weidong Zhang (@Ahjim on Twitter) for posting about this to Twitter as this is where I first learned of WWF format!

Related IHEC Blog posts:
International Educational Exchange and Climate Change
Greening the Field of International Education

Looking for New/Social Media Pages, Resources & Ideas for Upcoming Discussion on Internationalization at the Community College

On February 4, 2011 I’ll be in Houston attending and facilitating a breakout session at the joint IIE/AACC workshop for Community Colleges entitled “Internationalization at the Community College: Best Practices Workshop”.  My breakout session is entitled “Social Media Tools for the Community College”. 

I'm starting to prepare materials for this event and would like to establish a list of Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and LinkedIn pages, Blogs, YouTube or Vimeo channels of offices, consortium, programs and other resources focusing on internationalization at community colleges. Additionally, I'd like to compile a useful bibliography of resources focusing on new/social specific to the field of international education or higher education or great articles that will be useful.

My bibliography so far includes the following resources:

IHEC Blog's YouTube channel which currently has 399 subscriptions to international education related channels (who will be 400?)

Would love to read any suggestions you may have so that I can include them on my handout.  Please leave a comment below of send me an e-mail at

Photo credit:  Ivan Walsh

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sampling of December 2010 Posts to IHEC Blog's Facebook Page

Following are several December posts I selected from IHEC Blog's Facebook page that I thought I would share in this new media space.  While I strive to post daily (Monday-Friday) here on IHEC Blog, my micro-blogging posts over on IHEC Blog's Facebook page are much more frequent with most days receiving multiple posts.  I do a bit of posting over on Twitter as well (@DavidComp) but my level of engagement with Twitter has decreased over the past few months (still a fan and strong advocate).  Here is a look at what I am doing over at IHEC Blog's Facebook page:

A great news and information resource on International Education is Acuma Incorporated out of Australia (  Check out all of their new media spaces at  Not only is Acuma pushing valuable international education related news and information into the internets they are also using the various new media tools and a very effective manner!

This was totally off my radar: "Review of Global Studies Literature - No. 2, October 2010" brought to you by the NAFSA Research & Scholarship Network [co-editors Bryan McAllister-Grande and Rebecca Hovey] at

"Resources for Core Education Program Workshop: Developing Research Skills to Strengthen International Education Management Strategies" [Via NAFSA Association of International Educators Research & Scholarship Network] at

"NAFSA Internationalization Initiatives Ramp Up in 2011; Hudzik Appointed Senior Scholar" [] at

The Journal of International Education in Business. JIEB is “a peer reviewed journal concerned w/ subjects related to teaching and learning practices in culturally diverse academic business contexts & includes consideration of any implications for the workplace. Both research and scholarly papers are welcomed. More information at

‎314 international education related YouTube channel subscriptions available on IHEC Blog’s YouTube channel at

India's Ambassador to the United States, Meera Shankar, was subjected to the TSAs new enhanced pat-down in Mississippi. Ambassador Shankar was in Jackson, Mississippi last weekend as a guest of Mississippi State University. More on this at

The NAFSA "Peace & Justice SIG" recently changed their name to the "Peace, Justice, and Citizen Diplomacy SIG", You can access their NAFSA SIG space at Additionally, they have created a new wikispace for the SIG at

Local Eau Claire, Wisconsin news station highlights economic impact of international students on UW-Eau Claire and UW La Crosse campuses. Nice to see international education issue broadcast on air by a local at Data based on NAFSA economic impact statements!

‎"Reading Strauss in Beijing" by Mark Lilla [The New Republic] at

IHEC Blog fully supports the efforts of the One World Futbol Project The One World Futbol is the World’s first ultra-durable, all-terrain soccer ball.

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange data submission process goes paperless! Thanks @IIEglobal ~

Information about the new pilot African Language Initiative Program now available at Funding is provided by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and is administered by American Councils for International Education in partnership with participating U.S. domestic and overseas institutions.

IIE Announces Re-Launch of the Freeman-ASIA Program with $2 Million in Freeman Foundation Support for American Undergraduates. More information at

The Future of US Foreign Policy: "The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?"an International Conference, January 4th-6th, 2011, Washington DC. More information at

June 22-24, 2011 EducationUSA Forum registration open & conference details now live at (via Marty Bennett on FB)

‎'Ideal visa to exploit': U.S. fails to tackle abuses Investigation of J-1 visas finds students forced to work in strip clubs, others earning $1 an hour [AP Investigation]. More at

Some interesting data on the National Security Education Program service requirement for 1,006 recipients at

Future Forum on Education Abroad conferences: 2011 Boston, 2012 Denver, 2013 Chicago, 2014 San Diego, and 2015 New Orleans (via

‎2011 TIS Conference in association with CAPRI and CICIN: "Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Education: Exploring New Frontiers" to be held at the University of Warwick, UK, 16-17 June 2011. More information at

New Consulting, Presentations and National Scholarship Review Activities for me highlighted over on my International Higher Education Consulting website at

My new, very part-time, consulting activities as a study abroad research consultant for the Center for Global Education at UCLA,

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Welcomes Four New Members at

Business For Diplomatic Action To Close Operations At Year’s End. Press release available at

If you support exchange between U.S. citizens and the Cuban people through the arts and culture, academic and student travel, religious/humanitarian groups, sports, and other people-to-people exchanges then please take a moment to sign the Latin American Working Group petition over over at at

Japan's Global 30 project, established by the gov to internationalise universities, is running out of money. (via @BC_CIHE on Twitter)
International Educational Taskforce policy proposal (draft) [Australia]

Depending on time, I may just make this an regular end of month IHEC Blog post or newsletter that can be posted to Scribd.  You can follow IHEC Blog's Facebook page at

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Interesting Online Reads about U.S.-USSR Educational & Cultural Exchanges

“The Cultural Agreement” [ Chapter 3] from Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain (2003) by Yale Richmond. 

“U.S, Soviets OK Cultural Exchanges” by Peggy Pagano in the August 6, 1986 Los Angeles Times.

Advertisement from the July 17, 1987 The Washington Times.  The advertisement argues against U.S.-Soviet exchange agreements on all levels and subjects to prevent the "Sovietization (internationalization) of the American classroom."  They crunched a lot of text into what appears to be a full-page advertisement.

“The Scientific and Cultural Exchange” by the Central Intelligence Agency [approved for release 1994, CIA Historical Review Program, 18 Sept 1995].

“U.S.-U.S.S.R.  Interacademy  Exchanges” (1967, November) by Lawrence C. Mitchell  in Applied Optics, Vol. 6, No. 11.

“Report: U.S. vs. Soviet Exchange” (1959, October) by Kenneth Holland [President, Institute of International Education] in The Rotarian.

"U.S.-USSR Cooperation in Health-the First 5 Years" (1978) by Robert Fischer in Public Health Reports.

U.S.-Soviet/Russian academic & cultural exchanges have been an interest of mine for some time now and I have previously posted to IHEC Blog which you can read here and here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

IHEC Blog Poll: What was the Biggest International Education News of 2010 in the U.S.?

On occasion I post a brief poll here on IHEC Blog to see what people think.  It's that time of year when we think back to all of the things that happened over the past year.  For this poll (top right corner of IHEC Blog), I'm asking "What was the Biggest International Education News of 2010 in the U.S.?"  The poll closes at 11:59pm (Chicago time) on January 31, 2010.  

Following are the six news items that I came up with off the top of my head.  I posted these a short time ago to IHEC Blog's Facebook page asking for additional suggestions and didn't receive any so I'm going with these!

- U.S. Summit Global Citizen Diplomacy
- Google “Parisian Love” commercial [highlights study abroad] during Super Bowl
- Dream Act Debate
- President Obama touts exchanges with China, India, Indonesia
- NSEP new African Languages Initiative
- Total number of U.S. students studying abroad decreases from previous year (1st time in 25 years that data has been kept)

Q & A

Q - Is this poll scientific?    
A - No, not at all (but please do find a way to cite it in your scholarly manuscript!)

Q- Why is this poll focused on international education news in the U.S.?
A - Great question!  I have no answer other than these are the topics that immediately came to my mind

Q - Can I vote more than once?
A - Probably from different computers

Q - Do you [David Comp] vote in IHEC Blog polls?
A - Indeed I do...

Q - Can I select more than one news item?
A - I don't think so as I set the poll to allow only one answer

Q - I can think of other worthy news items for the poll.  Can you add it/them?
A - No the poll has already opened...

Q - Why do you do polls?
A - Because they are relatively easy to put together and are less time consuming than other IHEC Blog posts and things are a bit busy for me right now!

Photo credit:  thegreatgonzo

Open Doors Data on U.S. Students with Disabilities who Studied Abroad in 2008/09

For the third straight year, the Institute of International Education has collected and presented data on U.S. students with disabilities studying abroad.  During the 2008-2009 academic year, IIE collected data on 1,874 (3.6%) study abroad students with disabilities.  Unfortunately, we only have data on the specific disabilities for 10% of these students which is:

48.1% - Learning Disability/ADD 
24.6% - Mental Disability
15.0% - Other Disability
7.2% - Physical Disability
5.1% - Sensory Disability

Following is a screen shot from the Open Doors website comparing these data against data from the previous two years.

We all owe Mobility International USA a special thanks for advocating for the collection, analysis and presentation of this data and to the research staff at the Institute of International Education for a third straight year of data on these students!

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Intercultural Matters: The Internationalization of Higher Education" a lecture by Jolene Koester

I wanted to alert IHEC Blog readers that video of the 2011 “Josef Mestenhauser Lecture on Internationalizing Higher Education" featuring Jolene Koester, President of California State University, Northridge, has been posted online by the University of Minnesota, Office of International Programs at  I was unable to find a way to embed the video into this post so you will need to follow the link above.  I really enjoyed watching/listening this lecture and look forward to the 2012 lecture.  I hope someday I can attend!

On a side note: During the introduction of the lecture, Gayle Woodruff indicates that a 300 page Mestenhauser publication based on the inaugural lecture on internationalizing higher education is forthcoming and will become available online!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NAFSA Poster Sessions Focusing on International Education Research or the Links between Scholarship and Practice

I'm re-posting the following SECUSS-L post by my colleague Bryan McAllister-Grande about the upcoming proposal submission deadline for two NAFSA Vancouver poster sessions with his permission (there are other poster sessions as well which you should consider as well):

Following are two different poster sessions that involve international education research or the links between scholarship and practice. The poster fair proposal deadline is coming up next Wednesday, December 15 -- there is still plenty of time to get a brief idea together.

*International Education to What End? Peace & Justice and Global Citizenship Revisited*
In partnership with the Peace, Justice & Citizen Diplomacy special interest group, this poster fair showcases the connections and synergies between on- and off-campus international education and education for peace and justice. It introduces relevant concepts such as global citizenship and public/citizen diplomacy, and demonstrates ways in which international educators currently play a role in fostering peace and justice. The fair also presents resources and relevant research available for this work.   Poster Fair organizers are Samantha Martin ( and Bryan McAllister-Grande (

*International Education Research*
Posters feature the most recent innovative and in-depth qualitative and quantitative research in the field of international education. They highlight important findings, perspectives, and academic inquiries in order to stimulate collaboration and provide tangible professional resources and educational understanding. Organizer is Yuliya Kartoshkina (

You can find all relevant information and the online proposal system at

Please don't hesitate to contact the organizers for questions or to brainstorm ideas.

Screen shot by

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

In the Spotlight at Bury Book International Education Library & Archive ~ Literature from the 1980's

For this post I thought I would highlight a few of the pieces of literature one can find in Bury Book International Education Library & Archive.  I took a random selection of literature from the 1980's and took a picture of each cover with my phone to help present the literature in a more meaningful way below:

Education for International Development: Strategies for Professional Integration: Strengthening Foreign Student/Private Sector Interaction (1985) by Hugh M. Jenkins for the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs. 

Foreign Student Recruitment: Realities and Recommendations, A colloquium held at Wingspread, Racine, Wisconsin, March 26-28, 1980 and sponsored by The National Liaison Committee on Foreign Student Admissions. Edited by Hugh M. Jenkins for the College Entrance Examination Board.

The Right Mix: The Report of The Commission on Foreign Student Policy (1981) by the Canadian Bureau for International Education/Bureau canadien de l'éducation internationale

The Cross Cultural Adaptation of Hong Kong Chinese Students at Canadian Universities (1986, September) by the Canadian Bureau for International Education/Bureau canadien de l'√©ducation internationale [Advance copy - unrevised] 

Containing Crisis: The Response to Overseas Student Groups in Hardship, A Report by the Working Party on Crisis and Hardship Arrangements for Overseas Students (1985) by the UK Council of Overseas Student Affairs (UKCOSA)

Handbook for Community Organizations Working with Foreign Students: Developing, Maintaining, Revitalizing Programs (1986) by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs. 

Please note that all of these publications were donated to "Bury Book" by a Senior International Education Scholar who remains active today.  If you are interested in donating all or part of your international education library I would love to hear from you!  Currently, Bury Book Library & Archive are in my home so access can be a bit of a challenge to coordinate.  Future plans (post dissertation and funding) are to make the library & archive more accessible.

Photo credits:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Internationalization at the Community College a Best Practices Workshop

On Friday, February 4, 2011 the Institute of International Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) are hosting a best practices workshop in Houston, Texas entitled “Internationalization at the Community College”.  I will be attending and am scheduled to facilitate one of the afternoon breakout sessions on Social Medial Tools for the Community College.  I’m very excited to attend this workshop as the entire agenda looks great and I'll be able to connect with some great friends and colleagues as well!

You can register for and learn more about this upcoming workshop online here.  Do note that a limited number of travel grants are available to community college professionals who wish to attend the workshop.

Registration Now Open for NAFSA's Annual Advocacy Day 2011

Registration for the Annual NAFSA Advocacy Day 2011 has officially opened.  The following information about Advocacy Day 2011 is taken from the NAFSA website:

Join colleagues from across the country in the nation's capital to meet with your members of Congress and their staff to advocate for policies that promote international education.

This event spans two days and comprises an integrated set of advocacy training and practice activities, anchored by visits to each participant's congressional delegation on Capitol Hill.

By attending Advocacy Day, you can
- Explore the fundamentals of advocacy.
- Gain insights into the workings of a congressional office.
- Learn about current political trends as they relate to NAFSA's legislative priorities.
- Share information with your members of Congress about the impact of international education on your campus and  local community

You can access the Advocacy Day 2011 schedule, see photos from Advocacy Day 2010 and register via the NAFSA website here.  Additionally, please note that NAFSA Regions II, VI, VIII and X offer travel grants and you can access further information about these grants via the link above.

Those of you on Twitter who will be attending Advocacy Day 2011 be sure to tweet using the #nafsaAD hashtag.

You may find also this March 27, 2010 IHEC Blog post "Twitter + NAFSA’s Advocacy Day: A Perfect Matchfrom Frank J. Merendino to be of interest!  

Photo credit: Frank J. Merendino from Advocacy Day 2010.