'IE Generation' Leaders Reflect (IV)
AIEA Interviews Highlight 'Arc of Change' in International Education
by John D. Heyl, PhD
Founder and Editor
Posted May 7, 2018
Two veteran U.S. IE Leaders interviewed by AIEA in 2017 – Madeleine F. Green (NAFSA Senior Fellow) and Riall Nolan (Purdue University SIO, retired) - provide different perspectives on the recent history and current challenges facing the field. One offers the view from 30,000 feet and the other from “on the ground.”
Both agree, however, that campus rhetoric supporting internationalization has long outrun actual practice and campus incentives to achieve it. The current situation only puts more pressure on SIOs under calls for more accountability and in view of shrinking campus budgets and a negative national political scene. View the full interviews here.
The View from 30,000 Feet. Green, who spent key years of her career in international education at the American Council on Education (ACE), as Vice President for International Initiatives, identifies some unique contributions that associations can make. These include the ability to provide regularly updated data on internationalization practice (Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses), campus leadership (the On Change series) and shaping conversations on the process (Internationalization Collaborative, Internationalization Laboratory, Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization).
All of these programs hope to “hold up a mirror” to U.S. higher education to document both best practices at work and the continuing gap between rhetoric and practice in IE. But associations themselves have had to evolve their own practice as well, becoming more international in their own work and more attuned to speak “the language of institutions.” In addition, they have expanded their work and consulting to include non-U.S. institutions, to appreciate the differences that SIOs face in different cultural/historical, administrative and national/political contexts.
“On the Ground” approaches. Nolan meanwhile has been a practitioner in varied contexts and shares how his training in developmental anthropology has given him
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