Friday, March 28, 2014

University of Chicago Celebrates the Opening of the new Center in Delhi

This is a big weekend for the University of Chicago as the new Center in Delhi opens!

You can learn more about all of the program of activities and tune in via the University of Chicago website.

If you are on Twitter you can also follow along via #UChiDelhi

Friday, March 21, 2014

I'm working to get through the IHEC inbox...

The number of e-mail messages from colleagues in the field and others to my seeking assistance and advise is tremendous (meaning I receive more than I can respond to) and greatly appreciated (I recieve quite a bit to my Univ. of Chicago address as well).

I apologize if you have sent me a message in the last 6+ months and I haven't replied.  I receive on average 3-4 requests per week and I struggle to find the time to respond and assist outside of my full-time job of father to three and husband to one and my work at the University of Chicago as well as a few paid side projects.

I'm working to get through the inbox...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Audio of Farther Foundation Founder David Weindling Talking Study Abroad Scholarships for Underserved Chicago Youth on WBEZ Worldview on March 20, 2014

Farther Foundation founder David Weindling was on the radio on WBEZ Worldview (91.5 fm in Chicago) and you can listen to the audio at
A brief decription of the Farther Foundation that I obtained from their website follows:
Farther Foundation was formed to help students break free from the constraints of poverty and gain experiences that propel them toward their highest
Farther Foundation provides opportunities for eager and deserving students to travel worldwide and interact with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.

Learn more about Farther Foundation at
Learn more about WBEZ Worldview at

Image courtesy of:  Randy son of Robert on Creative Commons

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Coursera MOOC - Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy’ by Kris Olds & Susan Robertson begins March 24, 2014

The following Coursera MOOC may be of interest to many Many IHEC Blog readers so I'm posting some information about the course below:

This course is designed to examine an array of issues related to the globalization of higher education and research. The main objective of the course is to enable students to better understand how and why universities are engaged in the globalization process, as well as what the key implications of this development process are.

Originally scheduled for January, 2014 it will now begin on March 24, 2014
Length of course:  7 weeks of instruction
Time Commitment:  3-5 hours of work per week
Language of Instruction:  English
Cost:  Free
Instructors:  Kris Olds, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Susan L. Robertson, University of Bristol

More information available at:

Image obtained from the Coursera Media Kit

Monday, March 3, 2014

IIE's "Generation Study Abroad" Brings Together Educators, Businesses, Governments

The following press release is copied and pasted here to IHEC Blog with the permission of IIE.

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014—The Institute of International Education (IIE) officially launched Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business and governments together to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. IIE has already identified more than 150 lead partners who have committed to specific, measurable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world. Organizations can learn more and sign on at

Generation Study AbroadLeading up to IIE’s centennial celebration in 2019, Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences.

Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE has committed $2 million of its own funds to this initiative over the next five years. IIE is also actively raising funds for a Study Abroad Fund to provide scholarships to college and high school students and grants to institutions. Thanks to lead gifts by IIE Chairman Thomas S. Johnson and IIE Treasurer Mark A. Angelson, IIE will launch a new scholarship program, the IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad, to provide supplemental grants for students from inner-city high schools to study abroad when they are in college.

Gilman Scholar Alumni Ashley BlackmonMore than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.

IIE is seeking at least 500 U.S. colleges and universities willing to either double the number of their students studying abroad, or significantly increase the participation rate of students who study abroad at some point during their undergraduate career. Later phases include mobilizing 1,000 high school teachers and engaging 10,000 alumni and students. IIE welcomes others to join this important initiative.

IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange released by IIE last November with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 students studied abroad in 2011/12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.

IIE recognizes that it will take time, resources and a perceptual shift to overcome barriers and bring about such change.

"Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise," says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. "Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders."

With 2.6 million students graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America's young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues.

Every institution faces its own unique set of challenges in getting more students to study abroad. Private liberal arts colleges in particular have historically been successful in making study abroad a part of their academic experience. But institutions of varying sizes and types with different missions and capabilities are developing innovative efforts to make study abroad more accessible to their students. By sharing best practices, campuses can learn from each other to extend international opportunities to a broader group of students from diverse backgrounds and fields.

IIE will lead the Generation Study Abroad coalition in creating an ongoing dialogue about the need for students to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources. In addition to significantly expanding study abroad, the campaign will track campus activities that expand diversity in race and ethnicity, academic disciplines and gender.

As the first step in bringing stakeholders from different sectors together to achieve large-scale change, IIE will convene a one-day Think Tank (which I was invited to attend and will participate in) on what it will take to double study abroad, gathering invited leaders from the public, private and educational sectors at its New York headquarters on March 12.