July 2010
Thursday, July 08, 2010
AIEA President Bill Lacy attended the APLU Commission on International Programs (CIP) 2010 Summer Meeting July 12-14 in Sedona, Arizona. He was a presenter in the session organized by Dieter Wanner, Associate Provost, Global Strategies and International Affairs, The Ohio State University, titled "Gateways, Branch Campuses, and Partnerships: Globally Committed Public Research Universities." His panel of speakers included members William Brustein, former president of AIEA, and Vice Provost, Global Strategies and International Affairs, at the Ohio State University, and Bailian Li, Vice Provost, International Affairs, North Carolina State University, and Jeffrey Riedinger, Dean of International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University. Bill also moderated the Session on "Leveraging Systems: The Role of System Offices in Global Relations" with Mitch Leventhal, member of the AIEA Executive Council and Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs at SUNY, and David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University and 2010-11 AIEA Presidential Fellow. Mitch was also the speaker in the session on "The UN Global Compact and Corporate Responsibility".

Former AIEA President John Hudzik is quoted extensively in a Times Higher Education article summarizing his recent presentation at the UK Council for International Student Affairs annual conference. Read Higher Education Becomes a Globally Traded Commodity as Demand Soars.

AIEA member Wendy Williamson, director of study abroad at Eastern Illinois University, tackles the question of why as few as 1.5 per cent of college students travel overseas to study every year in the July 26 edition of Chronicle of Higher Education.  She cites a 2008 report by the American Council on Education and the College Board to find a reply:

‘The answer involves a series of obstacles that prevent enthusiastic students from seeking the opportunities they desire. As the report states, “barriers to student participation are real, including security concerns, high cost, academic demands that accommodate neither study abroad nor other international-learning experiences, and lack of encouragement by faculty and advisers.” Also, many colleges do not foster the international-learning experience. They may talk the talk but don't walk the walk; they construct many of the barriers that hamper students.’

Williamson also notes that it’s merely a matter of time before institutions with unfriendly study abroad programs find themselves at a distinct disadvantage in recruiting students. For Williamson, there are seven signs that a university is running a successful study abroad program:

1) Support from both the administration and the faculty.
2) Variety of program options.
3) Preparation for risk.
4) Fair value, a fair price.
5) Every department has options.
6) Students earn valuable credit.
7) A commitment to go green.

For more detail on Williamson’s seven study abroad signs, read complete article.

AIEA member Elizabeth (Betsy) Brewer co-edited a book on Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum: Theory and Practice Across the Disciplines by Stylus Press.  Betsy also has an article in New Directions for Higher Education 150 (Summer 2010) titled "Leveraging Partnerships to Internationalize the Liberal Arts College: Campus Internationalization and the Faculty".

AIEA Member Paul Primak has been elected to the Forum on Education Abroad Council for a 3-year term.