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A 2022 Must-Read -- AIEA's Handbook of International Higher Education

In the age of snack-size content, The Handbook of International Higher Education, 2nd Edition is for a hungrier reader.

This deep-dive resource, thoughtfully delivered to all of us by AIEA, provides exceptional context for many of the issues we are all facing now and offers a glimpse of what lies ahead.

The book explores the evolution of student mobility, commercialization of academia, higher ed-tech, the student experience, and more. Collectively we’ve spurred so much change since the handbook first published just a decade ago. Not to mention the issues that have changed us (immigration, social justice, COVID, technology).

Side note: if you’ll be attending the 2022 AIEA conference in New Orleans (Feb 20-23), be in touch and we’ll find time for a coffee and an exchange of ideas.

There’s little doubt that we are in the midst of profound transformation. How we move forward must be informed by where we’ve been. Our colleagues agree international education is vital to an increasingly interconnected world. Yet, even this bedrock is evolving. Once driven by societal cooperation, contribution, and service, there is an undeniable shift toward competition and marketization in higher education. Perceptions and approaches vary depending on where you are in the world and the primary sources of your institution’s funding (i.e., government vs. private).

Read on for our quick summary of what the handbook offers us from a student recruitment point of view. A piece of the higher ed puzzle that is evolving with quickening speed.

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Offering Up Inspiration for DEI

When Vice President Harris said, “Your nation is SO proud of you,” to a group of 20 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows, you could not have found more inspired university students anywhere. Absolutely anywhere. Their eyes said it all.

International education speaks deeply to all of us. And yet it remains inaccessible to so many. What we know is that roughly 6% of US students participating in study abroad are Black. How to make this privilege and opportunity available to many, many more?

Intead’s international team has been deeply honored to work alongside our colleagues at CIEE on an inspired and inspiring project – a concerted effort to bring the opportunity of international education, experiential education, to more BIPOC students. In just a few months, we’ve watched this effort draw pledges from dozens of university presidents who have matched CIEE’s scholarship funding to allow more students to experience the power of international education.

As the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship barrels forward with applications for 2022 now open, we bring you this bottle of inspiration — a 5 minute film featuring the perspectives and experiences of the 2021 cohort. This will lift your spirits and get you thinking.

To hear Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College tell it, this program offers a lot and demands just as much back from the students who participate. Frederick Douglass Global Fellows and Scholars have a responsibility to share what they’ve learned as they become leaders in their chosen fields. To be, as one Frederick Douglass Global Fellow put it, “the first of many.”

We are gratified to see university presidents not just encouraging, but taking real action — signing up to catalyze their DEI initiatives in a valuable and visible way through this program. Will your institution be next? 

Read on to watch the film and hear from these future change-makers. 

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The Biggest Threat to Higher Education: Rising Costs

The rising cost of higher education coupled with mounting student debt is the biggest threat to higher education. Though we hope that you chuckled over our April Fool's Day joke (see: Intead Applauds Opportunity U's New Tuition Pricing Model), we approach this challenge in all seriousness. Our young people are being crushed under a mountain of debt. This affects all of us, not just those students with loan payment plans. The economic and social impacts are a national challenge. We need a new approach to the higher education tuition pricing model.

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Intead Applauds Opportunity U’s New Tuition Pricing Model

Don't be the last to learn about Opportunity University's innovative tuition pricing model. This changes everything in higher education.

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Ten Facts - International Student Recruitment in Vietnam: Part II

This is the second installment of a three part series. Click to read Part I.

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Growing Your International Student Population: Sponsored Students

At the recent NAFSA Region VI conference held in Columbus, Ohio I attended a number of interesting and informative sessions. One of the sessions I particularly enjoyed was led by three well-respected and well-versed higher education professionals: Kathy Ice-Wedding (U. of Kentucky), Sandi Lemons (IUPUI) and Daniel Whitmer (Indiana University- Bloomington). Their session titled "Introduction to Working with Sponsored Students" provided a rich array of information that would be helpful to professionals looking to add sponsored students to their international student populations.

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