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Unmet Challenges of Diversifying Participation in Education Abroad

November 15, 2018

A new report by the nonprofit, Diversity Abroad, http://www.diversityabroad.com, “Collaborative Leadership: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Comprehensive Internationalization in [U.S.] Higher Education,” outlines the critical connection between an institution’s overall effort to provide equal access to its educational resources as well as equal acccess to international experience.  It states: Diversity, equity, and inclusion are key components… Read More ›

“Top Concerns” of Institutional Members of Forum on Education Abroad in 2017 “Survey of the Field” (…and mine)

Here is the survey: https://forumea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ForumEA-State-of-the-Field-18-web-version.pdf What I found of interest – and much concern- was the finding that only 17% of respondents are “very concerned” about career integration; and 25% are, in fact, “neutral” about this as a concern.  I’m not sure what the meaning of neutral might be, however, it obviously could mean that this cohort… Read More ›

My Point of View on Study Abroad & Its Impact on Career Development & Employability – Three Video Presentations…

I hope you enjoy watching these presentations which deliver my point of view – well known if you follow me here or @tillman_marty – on a topic which continues to resonate on campuses and with private organizations in the international education field.  This year, the political turmoil in the United States and within the EU… Read More ›

Latest U.S. Survey on Impacts of Studying Abroad & Linkage to Student Employability

At the recent IIE (Institute for International Education) Generation Study Abroad “Summit” held in Washington, D.C., a research survey report was released: “Gaining an Employment Edge:  The Impact of Study abroad on 21st century Skills and Career Prospects in the United States, 2013-2016.” https://www.iie.org/Why-IIE/Announcements/2017-10-02-Gaining-an-Employment-Edge  The survey is important because of its size – over 4,500 alumni… Read More ›

Maximize the Impact of International Experience via Purposeful Career Integration on Campus

My colleagues at The Learning Abroad Center on the University of Minnesota campus have announced plans for the third conference on the important and essential topic of career integration to be held in Washington D.C., August 8-10, 2018.  The theme of the 2018 conference, “Leveraging Partnerships,” examines how connections between study abroad and career services… Read More ›


Anthony C. Ogden, PhD, Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at Michigan State University, has crafted an important resource for all professionals in the education abroad field.  I think it’s also quite relevant for anyone working in any aspect of international education – on and off campus.  I’m very pleased that he has included… Read More ›

Why Shouldn’t Campuses Help Every College Student Obtain a Passport to Graduate?

Have your attention?  I’ve been thinking a lot about this for months, and now that graduation time is upon us (in the U.S.), I thought I’d again throw out this question (which I did raise on my Twitter feed awhile ago)… A recent op-ed in the NY Times (the paper with real news), “Go East,… Read More ›

How are one million international students studying in U.S. coping post-election?

Based on a national online chat I just participated in conducted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators (www.nafsa.org), it’s safe to say that fear and confusion dominates daily life for many of the one million international students studying in the U.S.  And this is placing a great burden upon the student affairs staff, those international… Read More ›

How Employability Strengthens the Value Proposition of Study Abroad

In recent years, professionals in the international education industry have focused on making the case for study abroad (and international internships) by addressing its value on these terms: the experience creates global citizens, creates career-ready graduates, builds essential (sometimes industry-specific) professional skills and cross-cultural competencies, strengthens linguistic ability, and fosters a better understanding of critical… Read More ›

Dive Into Selected NAFSA Blogs & Presentations on Career Integration, Employability & Best Practice Campus Advising

I wanted to make it easy to tap into some of my recent work, so here’s a link to several short blogs and other pieces of work I’ve done for NAFSA: Association of International Educators: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nafsa-professional-development-resources-martin-tillman?trk=prof-post I welcome your comments !