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May 31, 2016

NAFSA Research on Landscape of Pathway Partnerships with DrEducation

We at DrEducation are pleased to undertake a commissioned research for NAFSA on an emerging trend of recruiting international students through Pathway partnerships.

The process of considering and implementing pathway partnerships has implications for campus stakeholders in different roles, including recruitment and admissions, academic services, and related support services.

In the first phase, the research analyzed publicly available data of 45 higher education institutions partnering with eight pathway providers. A working definition was developed along with a broad typology of pathway providers. The research examined key characteristics of institutions engaged in pathway relationships.

The next phase of the research will examine the complexity and diversity of decision-making processes related to pathway partnerships by taking a deeper dive into rationales, considerations and experiences of international educators.

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I will be presenting two interactive sessions at NAFSA conference in Denver to discuss the findings:
  • Soundstage Thursday, June 02 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Room: CCC, Hall A, 
  • NAFSA Pavilion Tuesday, May 31 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Room: CCC, Hall A
Landscape of Pathway Partnerships in the US universities and colleges for international student enrollment

Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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May 26, 2016

Webinar on Transnational Education: Recording of the Online Discussion with Global Experts

A global discussion on "Transnational Education: Growth at the Expense of Quality" hosted by University World News--an online publication focused on global higher education--in partnership with DrEducation received nearly 1,000 registrations from across the international higher education scene.

The panel discussion was led by Rahul Choudaha, PhD, Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation with following experts:

• Nigel Healey, PhD, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of College, Nottingham Trent University
• Jason E. Lane, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, State University of New York
• Elizabeth J. Stroble, PhD, President, Webster University
• Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, PhD, Deputy Head of Division and Senior Analyst, OECD


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May 18, 2016

NAFSA 2016 Denver Conference: A Milestone Conference

I will be attending NAFSA annual conference in Denver with my partner and co-founder, Di Hu, an expert in intercultural training and global program management. While I have delivered over 100 presentations at international education conferences, this is a special one for me on both personal and professional fronts.

I had some of the most important life changing experiences during my doctoral education at the University of Denver. Coming from India with engineering and business degrees, I socialized into a very different culture to pursue a PhD in Higher Education. It shaped my passion and commitment for international higher education and also shaped my interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.

Rahul Choudaha NAFSA Denver Pathway Hot Trends Insights Metrics on International Student Recruitment Enrollment

- At this conference I have the privilege to introduce Dr. Frank Tuitt, Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Denver. As my dissertation advisor at DU, Dr. Tuitt mentored, guided and prodded me to stay on course and have a fulfilling experience. He will be delivering an invited session on "Making Excellence Inclusive: Building Capacity for Institutional Transformation" on Tuesday, May 31, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

- I have an opportunity to collaborate with two key connections from DU, who supported me with their advise at the critical junctures of my career. Michael Elliott, was director of ISSS and Marjorie Smith, was director of international admissions at DU. I am looking forward to co-presenting with both of them at this conference.

- This is also the third and final year of my engagement as the Chair-stream of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC). IEL KC offers programming and networking opportunities for Senior International Officers. I had an opportunity of collaborating with and learning from an amazing group of professionals.

- I'm excited about the research we are pursuing for NAFSA on the "Landscape of Pathway Providers in the US." NAFSA commissioned the research to understand the characteristics of pathway partnerships, develop a definition and typology and understand the experiences and decision-making processes of institutional stakeholders. We will be discussing the findings of the Phase 1 and conducting focus groups for Phase 2 at Denver conference. Here are two opportunities of engaging in a discussion on research findings:
SoundstageThursday, June 02 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Room: CCC, Hall A, Soundstage Area
NAFSA PavilionTuesday, May 31 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Room: CCC, Hall A
Wednesday, June 01 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Room: CCC, Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Defining metrics helps institutions to track, monitor, and assess their international enrollment strategies from the lens of what matters most—student success. This session brings together experts from diverse institutional settings to discuss strategic approaches to defining and achieving metrics of international student success.
Co-presenters:
- Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean, University of Denver
- Michael Elliott, Director, International Student and Scholar Services, University At Albany-SUNY
- Andrew Disbury, Director, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Wednesday, June 01 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Room: CCC, 505-507
What are the 2016 strategic priorities for senior international officers (SIOs)? How are SIOs addressing them? This interactive session will share the findings of a survey conducted by NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and discuss the implications for SIOs in achieving their internationalization goals.
Co-presenters:
- Dlynn Williams, Department Head, Political Science and Int'l Affairs, University of North Georgia
- Downing Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of Int'l Programs at the University of Iowa
- Dorothea Antonio, Senior Director, Internationalization Services, NAFSA

I look forward to connecting with fellow international educators in Denver and on Twitter.

-Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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May 07, 2016

Including International Students in Graduate Enrollment Management Approaches and Strategies

American graduate schools are increasingly dependent on international students for meeting their enrollment goals. It is critical to deepen the understanding of diverse needs and expectations of international students and strengthen collaboration across decentralized institutional silos. Supporting international student success across their education lifecycle must rise on the agenda of institutional priorities.

Here is the link to my Forbes article with Di Hu "Growth in International Graduate Enrollment Calls for Support Across Student Lifecycle"

Growth and Diversity of International Students- Enrollment Management Data and Trends for Strategic Planning


- Rahul Choudaha

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