Globalization in Higher Education Series
Globalization in Higher Education Series
The International Education Studies Center, which is affiliated with the School of Education, is hosting the very first Globalization in Higher Education series. The goal of this series is to prepare U.S. university campuses and larger communities to support international students to ensure their success both academically and socially.
About the Series
Globalization is no longer a prediction but a fact. One essential ingredient embedded in globalization is exchange of talents through internationalized higher education. As the host of the largest share of international students globally, the United States receives more than one million international students each year.
Undoubtedly, the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected all international students due to the interruption of academic work, the disconnect with the community, the inability to travel back to their home countries, and restrictions of immigration policies, among many other social and cultural factors. While experts predict that when the pandemic ends, students who have deferred admission or application would want to come, universities in the U.S need to be prepared with adequate resources and support to help prospective international students succeed when they choose the U.S. as their destination for academic and/or professional pursuits. The goal of this series is to prepare U.S. university campuses and larger communities in supporting international students to ensure their success academically and socially.
Update as of 9/24/21: This series has been postponed. It is anticipated that the series will be rescheduled with an anticipated start date of January 2022.
This 9-part series includes a personal/professional intercultural assessment, and microcredential after completion. Deadline to register is Friday, October 8th.
All sessions are held on Wednesdays via ZOOM from 4:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
|09/29/21||Globalization on the university campus: Past, present, and tomorrow Facilitator||Dr. Yaoying Xu|
|10/13/21||Being More Than One Thing, Finding More Than One Way - Exploring Power of Simple Interactions in Supporting International Students||Dr. Junlei Li|
|11/10/21||Engagement of International Students||Dr. Yi-Lung Kuo|
|12/8/21||Preparing the University Community to Support International Students Academically and Socially||Dr. Yali Zou|
|01/12/22||Supporting International Students through Intercultural Experiences||Dr. Nancy Dickson|
|02/9/22||Becoming International Scholars: Pathways to Effective Engagement and Support of International Students||Dr. Zewelanji Serpell|
|03/9/22||Supporting the Development of English Language Proficiency of International Students for Successful Academic and Social Adjustment||Dr. Moe Greene|
|04/13/22||Access to Resources for Success: A Workshop for Faculty and Staff in Supporting International Students||Dr. Jeff Wilson|
|05/11/22||Writing for Publication as Doctoral Students: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned||Ms. Jia Gui and Dr. Luciana de Oliveria|
Globalization in Higher Education Session Descriptions and Learning Outcomes
This session will explore trends, issues, and opportunities in the globalized world. Specifically the presenter will discuss the impact of globalization on higher education and how it has contributed to the diverse cultures of the academic community across borders. Through real life examples, case stories, and empirical studies, globalization in the academic world will be explored from multiple perspectives and approaches.
- Understand trends and features of globalization in the academic world.
- Identify future directions for globalized higher education.
- Promote inter- and cross-cultural sensitivity through positive and proactive approaches to academic exchanges between and among nations and cultures.
Everyday interactions are the building blocks of healthy human relationships. In this practice-focused workshop, we start with noticing and understanding human interactions between children, youth, and adults. Using the “Simple Interactions” approach as a lens, we will practice appreciative “noticing” and reflective “wondering” to understand the dynamics within even the simplest human interactions.
We will discuss how these interactions weave together four basic building blocks of the human relationship – connection, reciprocity, inclusion, and opportunity to grow – to make positive developmental impacts. We will extend these principles to reflect on the parallel processes of adult-adult interactions, particularly within the work of supporting international students.
- Connect the concept of “developmental relationships” to what we do everyday through educational practices to support the inclusion and development of international students.
- Be able to notice, appreciate, and reflect on the simple but important human interactions all around us, especially within educational institutions.
- Recognize opportunities to connect with one another as part of the larger “community of practice” in supporting international students.
The purpose of this workshop aims to help faculty, staff and students to better support and engage international students based on their needs academically and socially. Given the blessed journey of teaching and learning in Taiwan, the United States, and Chinese mainland from being an international student to a university faculty member, the combinations of personal anecdotes and research findings will be shared to contribute the growing discussion on how to promote broader approaches to engage international students.
- Describe the characteristics of international students.
- Identify the challenges of engaging international students.
- Describe evidence-based practices to engage international students academically and socially.
International students are a vital revenue stream for universities and a main component of diversity in universities. The academic and social challenges they face as international students are unique and difficult. Improving the educational and social experience of international students would increase the competitiveness of universities. Therefore it is essential to host workshops to improve the educational and living environment for these international students by preparing faculty and staff to better support international students.
- Identify tools for dismantling institutional racism.
- Develop faculty and staff’s awareness of international students’ challenges and special needs.
- Help improve international students’ learning and social environment at university level.
- Address some issues involving international students’ academic performance.
- Provide resources for international students to improve academic, social and communication skills.
This session will focus on strategies, tools and frameworks that can be used to support international students and scholars when navigating intercultural experiences on and off campus.
- Identify key terms and strategies for intercultural support and learning.
- Build/expand awareness and understanding our cultural context and learning.
- Review values, behaviors, and communication styles may differ across cultures.
This workshop provides a structured forum in which to discuss pitfalls and solutions to challenges associated with supporting academic and social success among international students in higher education settings in the United States. The presenter will share lessons learned from teaching and mentoring international students from three different continents, implementing a collaborative service-learning study abroad program, and enabling students’ international research.
The concept of engaging in learning “with” as opposed to learning “from” or “about” international students will be introduced as a guiding framework. Practical guidelines about becoming an international scholar and effectively harnessing the lived experiences of international students in teaching, classroom discussions and research collaborations will be presented.
- Identify systemic barriers that prevent some international students from optimal educational experiences in higher education settings in the United States.
- Describe key steps to recognizing and harnessing cultural variation in the classroom.
- Identify 3 mutually-beneficial ways to harness research to support the international student success.
English language proficiency plays a crucial role for international students in adjusting to university life and completing their studies. This workshop provides insights into the international student experience in higher education by examining how a student language proficiency level impacts their academic performance, intercultural learning and adjustment to their host program or institution. Useful types of support grounded in research and practice will be shared.
- Identify factors that impact academic and social adjustment of international students.
- Discuss the role of English language proficiency on student academic success and intercultural learning.
- Recognize and examine the types of support that promote English language proficiency development of international students.
The session is designed to assist faculty and staff in understanding recourses to supporting international students academically and socially. The presenter will demonstrate the diverse contexts of the American higher education and the roles of international education within these. contexts.
- Understanding context in American higher education and international college students.
- Goals and benefits of internationalization and implications for student support and success.
- Intercultural factors influencing international college student experiences.
- Potential barriers to effective communication between instructors and students social adjustment.
Presenters examine lessons learned through mentoring for scholarly activities as we have worked together at various stages in our careers. With shared experiences as international doctoral students, currently or previously, in the United States, they provide personal narratives and testimonials as novice, mid-career, and later-career scholars.
This session describes how mentoring plays a significant role in learning how to develop advanced academic literacies, including building relationships with professors, advisors, and peers, developing research skills and writing competencies as well as adapting to the linguistic, social, and cultural settings of new environments and academic departments and institutions.
- Understand experiences of international doctoral students in the United States.
- Identify ways to improve collaboration between faculty and students that lead to scholarly productivity.
- Apply ideas to practice as faculty or students.