Spring 2019 Events

March 12, 2019

The Value of Higher Education in the Disrupted Age: Notes from Australia

Shane B. Duggan, Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow, RMIT University 

Dr. Duggan examines the Australian Higher Education (H.E.) landscape and considers how policy makers and Higher Education providers are responding to the challenges and opportunities of networked technologies. Due to its admissions processes, size, and funding structure, the Australian H.E. context is a useful ‘sandbox’ for thinking about Higher Education more broadly. He outlines the implications of broad scale policy shifts on student recruitment, retention, and outcomes, and points to emerging trends around equity and access, drawing out similarities and differences with the United States H.E. context.

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February 12, 2019

Challenges for Higher Education in South Africa

Molapo Qhobela, Chief Executive Office of the National Research Foundation

Dr. Qhobela discussed challenges for higher education in South Africa. A persistent challenge facing higher education in South Africa since 1994 is to redress past inequalities and to transform the higher education system to serve a new social order, to meet pressing national needs. Access to higher education and education in general has improved, but with a number of caveats related to further investment, institutional transformation, and innovative support mechanisms. 


Fall 2018 Events

November 29, 2018

University Leadership in Times of Change: Examples from Europe

Barbara Sporn, Professor and Director of the Institute of Higher Education Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Barbara Sporn

Professor Sporn compares her experience as Vice-Rector at one of the largest business schools in Europe with a career as a higher education researcher. Her focus was on leadership issues, change management, and possible avenues of further research in the study of colleges and universities. The presentation outlined major reform efforts in Europe and policy implementations in Austria. 

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November 1, 2018

College Student Mobility and the Role of Statewide Articulation

George Spencer, Dean's Faculty Fellow, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

George Spencer

In this talk, Dr. Spencer presented evidence from a national examination of transfer associate degree policies: an articulation approach featuring two-year credentials as a mechanism to seamlessly transfer credits from community colleges to four-year institutions. Using institution-level data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, he exploits variation in the introduction of these policies across multiple states as a natural experiment. Results suggest that such policies increased rates of associate degree completion but the effect varied across states. The findings support the hypothesis that comprehensive articulation may be most effective at redirecting students to transferable pathways specified by the legislation.