How Can We Send The World To College?

Martin Trow characterized higher education systems as being on a march from elite systems of higher education, educating just a few, towards mass and universal systems, educating the many. Massification is a phenomenon that has impacted higher education worldwide particularly since the 1960s. Today, these trends continue. By 2025, the total demand for a college and university education is expected to reach nearly 235 million, approximately double what it was in 2007. Expanding access for higher education, although a laudable goal, does not come without consequences. The United Nations Universal Declaration of… Read More

The Problem of English Dominance in Higher Education Globalization

Native English speakers: Have you ever thought about the privilege that comes with your ability to speak English? On my recent trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, I was struck by the predominance of the English language.  It was certainly a great benefit for me, considering my lack of knowledge of Arabic, but it also made me uncomfortable with the imperialistic overtones it carried.  English has become the global academic language. Recent studies from Hamel indicate that 75-90% of global-level academic papers were written in English. Many nations, most notably China,… Read More

3 Takeaways from Presenting Internationally on SATech/EdTech at American University in Dubai

I had the incredible privilege of presenting on technology and social media to the student affairs staff at American University in Dubai (AUD) last week.  Presenting internationally comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges, particularly as it relates to talking about social media and technology.  I wanted to share three takeaways I had in preparing to present and presenting to the staff in Dubai.