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February 27, 2016

Presenting at 2016 NASPA Annual Conference

NASPA is the leading professional association of 15,000 members focused on student affairs. The 2016 NASPA Annual Conference will take place from March 12-16 in Indianapolis. It is expected that the conference will attract over 5,000 professionals. The 2016 theme is focuses on the role of student affairs in "working across functional boundaries to assure the continued well-being of students, adapt to new regulations, and react to crises and the increasing scrutiny higher education is facing."

The conference also features NASPA International Symposium to "foster professional collaboration and exchange among an international community of practitioners and researchers in the field of student affairs and services.

In addition to the Symposium, the main conference will include several sessions on international education theme. For example:
- Beyond Orientation: Creating Connections to Help International Students Transition to Campus
- Applying Comparative/International Education Methods to Student Affairs Research and Practice"
- Examining Writing Challenges Faced by International Students

I will be chairing a session on "Metrics of International Student Success: From Inputs to Outcomes" on Monday, March 14 from 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM in Meeting Room 245. Here is the abstract:

In times of increasing fiscal and competitive pressures, there is an unsustainable emphasis on increasing number of international students. However, institutions need to balance current focus on input metrics (increasing numbers) to outcomes (ensuring success) through the student lifecycle. This will require a collaborative, proactive and long-term approach that invests in student success. This interactive session will discuss experiences and strategies in achieving international student success.

The co-presenters are:
- Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, Dean for Students at Pace University
- Xavier Romano, Vice President for Student Services at Eastern Oregon University
- Thomas P. Rock is Vice Provost for Enrollment Services at Teachers College, Columbia University.

I will be tweeting from the conference using #NASPA16 and #intlsymp16

Look forward to Indianapolis!

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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February 17, 2016

Presenting at 2016 AIEA Annual Conference

Innovation in global engagement session by Rahul Choudaha at AIEA 2016
2016 AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) Annual Conference in Montreal will be attended by over 700 participants from over 30 countries. The conference is mostly attended by institutional leaders (Senior International Officers) who are engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education.

I will be chairing two sessions at the conferences:

Tuesday,02/23 10:45am-12noon
Innovation in Global Engagement: What Works, What Doesn’t (Roundtable)
Innovation is defined as a process of creating value within constraints. In an environment of increasing complexity and change, infusing innovation in internationalization can help differentiate and shape the future of a university. This interactive session aims to discuss a range of innovative strategies and models that advance global engagement with a focus on what works and what doesn’t. • Jeffrey Riedinger is Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Washington. He previously served as Dean of International Studies and Programs and faculty member at Michigan State University. Dr. Riedinger earned a Juris Doctorate from UW School of Law as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

Wednesday, 02/24 9:15am-10:30am
Metrics of International Student Success (Panel presentation)
Defining metrics helps institutional leaders to track, monitor and assess their international enrollment strategies from the lens of what matters most—student success. There is a need to shift metrics from the current focus on inputs (increasing the numbers) to outcomes (ensuring the success).This interactive session brings together expert panelists to discuss how they define metrics of international student success and how they achieve them in line with the larger goals of campus internationalization.
• David L. Di Maria is Associate Provost for International Programs at Montana State University. He earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Di Maria is a 2015-2016 AIEA Presidential Fellow and the 2016 chair of NAFSA’s International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community. He regularly presents and publishes on critical issues and trends impacting international higher education.
• Kathleen Massey, University Registrar and Executive Director (Enrolment Services), McGill University Kathleen Massey is the University Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment Services at McGill University. Massey has held leadership positions in the Association of Registrars and the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC). She is currently the Chair of the national ARUCC Groningen and Study Mobility Task Force in Canada. She is a proud leader of the award-winning Enrolment Services team at McGill. Massey earned an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

The conference program includes many interesting and insightful sessions. I will be tweeting about the session @DrEducationBlog #AIEA2016.

Look forward to an engaging conference.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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February 14, 2016

Update from IUNC Conference Miami 2016

speaker on international education insights and strategiesI had the privilege to deliver the keynote at the International Universities Networking Conference Three Trends Shaping Global Higher Education and its Implications for Institutional Strategies." I highlighted on the impact of changing demographics, shifting student decision-making processes, and maturing educational technologies on institutional growth and innovation strategies.
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Here are highlights from a couple of interesting sessions:
  • Building Bridges at Home for Collaborating with International Partners 
Katrin Hussmann Schroll, Director of Admissions University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Polly Lawson, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies University of Virginia School of Law
Steven Richman, Senior Director of Global Initiatives Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
The presenters highlighted the experiences of a consortium of law school professionals to recruit international students for LL.M. programs. In times of limited resources, it is an interesting example of pooling resources and expertise. Prima facie institutions may  be competing but for international student recruitment they are collaborating, sharing data and achieving mutually beneficial gains.
  • Challenges and Issues of Internationalization for Japanese Local Private Universities
Dr. Masato Ogawa, Chair of the Department of International Education, International Pacific University, Japan
Dr. Ogawa highlighted that often government policies are skewed towards favoring the already established large, reputed public universities that is driving homogenization of higher education system. There is less and emphasis on capacity building and diversification. This is hindering comprehensive internationalization.

Next IUNC Latin America conference will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 10–11, 2016.
The flagship conference, IUNC Eurasia will be in Moscow, Russia from May 11-13, 2016.
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February 05, 2016

Enhancing success and experiences of Chinese students for sustainable enrollment strategies

I co-authored "With poor job prospects for Chinese students, is it still worth investing in a US education?" with Di Hu. The article published in South China Morning Post highlights that institutional focus on recruitment and enrollment expansion must match with the investment in campus services to support their success. Here is an excerpt from the article:

investing in career and job success will help Chinese student recruitment


The number of Chinese students in the US rose from 81,127 in 2007/08 to 304,040 in 2014/15, an increase of 275 per cent in seven years, according to the Institute of International Education.

This skyrocketing growth resulted in a corresponding increase in their estimated financial contributions to the US economy, from US$2 billion in 2007/08 to US$9.5 billion in 2014/15, according to Nafsa: Association of International Educators.

The rapid growth of Chinese students was a boon to US higher education as many institutions were feeling the pressure of budget cuts after the 2008 global financial crisis.

With this unprecedented rise of international students came the challenges of integrating them and satisfying academic, social and career expectations. Many institutions have struggled to adapt.

In public institutions, international students pay two to three times the tuition fees of their American counterparts. Chinese students are the most attractive segment for US colleges and universities as they are more likely to enrol at undergraduate level than the next biggest source country – India – whose students tend to take shorter master’s programmes.

In addition to visa constraints, Chinese students often find themselves underprepared for the fierce competition in the US job market. The barriers to cross-cultural communication and confidence which existed at the college admission stage linger. But the stakes are even higher.

We estimate that, this year, nearly 100,000 Chinese will graduate from US universities. Most want to work in the US at least for a few years before returning home. However, given the job search challenges, many are forced to return before they can gain any work experience. On return, many “sea turtles” question the value of the investment in studying abroad.

Many US institutions are now worried about the effect of China’s economic turbulence on Chinese going to study in America. However, their bigger concern should be the doubts among Chinese families and students about the return on their investment. Institutions must invest more in the success and experiences of Chinese students as a part of their sustainable recruitment and enrollment strategies.

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