Members In the News
May 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
AIEA President Bill Lacy, AIEA Board Member Donna Scarboro and 2009-2010 AIEA Presidential Fellow Susan Carvalho participated in the Fulbright IEA Program in Japan - a short-term group program of three weeks for international education administrators with higher education to become familiar with the society and culture of Japan. The program consists of briefings, campus visits, appointments with selected government officials, cultural activities and other activities.
June 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010 AIEA Member Rahul Choudaha was quoted in the June 30 Inside Higher Educationa story on the developments with foreign universities bill in India titled All Eyes on India.

AIEA Executive Committee Member Mitch Leventhal
Appointed Senior Advisor to United Nations; SUNY Global Center to Lead Adoption of UN Global Compact in Higher Education Worldwide

New York, New York, June 21, 2010 - The United Nations Global Compact and the State University of New York (SUNY) today announced a collaboration to develop guidelines for academic institutions in implementing the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Recognition that academic institutions are increasingly multi-national, and have challenges similar to businesses, has led to the impetus to adapt the Global Compact Principles for use in higher education.

“As employers, as investors, and as purchasers and consumers of goods and services on a massive scale, academic institutions play a significant role in the global economy,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “We hope that the guidelines to be developed in collaboration with SUNY will inspire colleges and universities around the world to adopt the Global Compact principles as a valuable framework to manage their operations in a more sustainable manner.”

The United Nations Global Compact has appointed Dr. Mitch Leventhal as senior advisor on academic affairs to the Global Compact; Dr. Leventhal also serves as vice chancellor for global Affairs at SUNY. "There is an historic precedent for colleges and universities to adopt the principles of the Global Compact," says Dr. Leventhal, "Academic institutions have long been among the leaders in socially responsible management, and were early adopters of similar initiatives, such as the Sullivan Principles. The UNGC represents the state-the-art in global corporate responsibility guidelines, and with the increasingly global footprint of academic institutions it makes good sense for the academic community to partner with the more than 6,000 corporations worldwide who have already embraced this movement."

"I am very pleased that the UNGC has asked SUNY to collaborate on adapting the Principles of the Global Compact to higher education," said State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "I strongly support this initiative, which is completely in keeping with our new strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, and "SUNY and the World," one of the six strategic priorities under this plan."

Over the next nine to twelve months, various meetings will be convened under the auspices of the SUNY Global Center in New York City, culminating in a framework for institutional adoption. Following that, SUNY will assist the UNGC in building its list of institutional adopters.

About the United Nations Global Compact

Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies around the world to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of broader UN goals.

Through the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices, business can help ensure that markets advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. The Global Compact is not a regulatory body, but a voluntary leadership platform for dialogue and learning. With more than 8,200 signatories in more than 135 countries, it is the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative.

For additional information, contact: Dr. Mitch Leventhal, tel: +1 212 317 3546,

AIEA member Cheryl Matherly was quoted in the June 3 issue of Chronicle of Higher Education in an article entitled "As Overseas Internships Grow, So Do Challenges for College Officials"

AIEA member Rahul Choudaha was quoted in the June 2 Inside Higher Education article on The International Student Scene:
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.
August 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
AIEA Member and AMPEI President Thomas Buntru was quoted in an Alliance article Aug 27, "State Department travel warning stems flow of American students to Mexican universities". In March, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning for citizens intending to visit the regions of Mexico most afflicted by drug-related violence. As a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article reports, this travel warning has led to declining numbers of American students participating in study abroad programs in Mexico.

Two articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education explore how institutions are working to strengthen their internationalization efforts even in the face of the economic crisis. Many from the AIEA community have been quoted: President William Lacy; Past Presidents - William Brustein, Uliana Gabara and John Hudzik; Executive Committee Members - Mitch Leventhal and Sabine Klahr.
Learn more in Boise State U Eliminates International Office to Save Its Services and In Economic Downturn Colleges Eye International Education: Cut Back or Forge Ahead?

Congratulations to AIEA members William Davey and Dennis Dutschke, winners of the 2010 EAIE Transatlantic Leadership Award.  This is an award given to persons that have “provided significant leadership to educational exchange between Europe and the United States with a spirit of mutual understanding and respect with documented achievements in transatlantic cooperation. These achievements should provide guidance and examples of good practice for individuals active in transatlantic cooperation.”

Congratulations to the AIEA member institutions that received Title VI Language Resource Center awards for 2010-2014 from the U.S. Department of Education: Duke University, George Washington University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Arizona, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
September 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
AIEA Member Rahul Choudaha from World Education Services was interviewed on NPR's Tell me More on international student mobility.  To read transcript and listen to interview, click here

AIEA Members
who spoke at the EAIE Conference held in Nantes, France, September 15 - 18: AIEA Executive Director Darla Deardorff, AIEA Vice President for External Relations Duleep Deosthale, Gilles Bousquet, Thomas Buntru, Rahul Choudaha, Daniel Guhr, Kevin Murphy, and Gary Rhodes.  

AIEA Member Francisco Marmolejo
wrote a blog article in September 9 Chronicle of Higher Education:
Challenges of Mexican Higher Education: Are There Implications for the U.S.?

AIEA Executive Committee Member
Mitch Leventhal was quoted in Campus Review, Chronicle of Australia in an article titled "New York ups the ante on foreign students"
October 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
AIEA Members Francisco Marmolejo and Gary Rhodes have been quoted in the University Global News: The Global Window on Higher Education article "US: Study abroad continues despite Mexican violence" published on October 31. Click here to read the article.

AIEA Members Cheryl Matherly
and Mark Novak have been named new members of the ACE Internationalization Collaborative Advisory Council.  This important group serves to guide ACE staff and acts as the voice of the collaborative membership.

AIEA Member Cheryl Matherly
is quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education Oct 17 article "Study Abroad's New Focus Is Job Skills: Colleges strive to translate students' experience for employers"  Click here for details.

AIEA President Bill Lacy, AIEA Executive Director Darla K. Deardorff, AIEA Past President John Hudzik
and AIEA Members Tony Adams and Kirk Simmons gave invited talks at the IEAA US-Australia Symposium in Sydney on Oct 10-11Click here for details.
November 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
AIEA Member Mariam Assefa, Executive Director of World Education Services (WES), was honored by Upwardly Global with its prestigious "Outstanding Leadership" award on November 16. Assefa was recognized for her "personal and professional accomplishments elevating the profile of immigrant Americans, as well as supporting diversity in the workplace." To read the full article on The Allliance Policy Monitor, click here.

AIEA Past President Stephen Dunnett and AIEA members Miriam Assefa and Francisco Marmolejo gave invited sessions at the AMPEI Conference in Manzanillo Mexico.  At that same conference, AIEA Executive Director Darla Deardorff and AIEA member Rodolfo Hernandez gave an invited workshop on Global Leadership.  Details at

AIEA Member Samuel Shepherd
was decorated with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Emperor of Japan, on November 3, in recognition of his "contribution to strengthening of the relations between Japan and the United States through educational exchanges and internationalization of education in Japan." For further detail, the press release is available here: Press Release from Consulate-General of Japan.
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