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My Work Cited in Study of Impact of International Experience on Employability of Chinese Students

June 22, 2017

I’m very pleased to find my work cited in a new research report issued by the Centre for Global Higher Education in London. An excerpt is at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-work-cited-study-impact-international-experience-career-tillman  International and transnational learning in higher education: a study of students’ career development in China by Ka Ho Mok, Xiao Han, Jin Jiang and Xiaojun Zhang The full… Read More ›

Higher Education and the Employability Agenda – A Global Perspective

Dr. Cheryl Matherly and I have co-authored a chapter (Part Two, Chapter 16) on this topic in the just released Palgrave International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance.  You can review the book’s contents and see all contributors at – http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/The-Palgrave-International-Handbook-of-Higher-Education-Policy-and-Governance/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137456168  This link only provides you a look at the diversity of contributors and the… Read More ›

A Global Kumbaya Moment: “We’ve Got the Whole World at University…Is It Worth It?

Leave it to those UK editors at The Economist!  The special report in the March 28 issue: http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21646985-american-model-higher-education-spreading-it-good-producing-excellence is an excellent overview , on a global scale, of the impact of massification of the higher education industry. While crediting the U.S. and our research university system for launching the globalization of higher ed, they ask the $64,000… Read More ›

Graduating “Employable” Students

I’ve just completed a new book chapter with Dr. Cheryl Matherly from the University of Tulsa, titled “Higher Education and the Employability Agenda.” It will come out in a textbook sometime this year (Palgrave) on Higher Education Policy and Governance.  We spent many months conducting quite a bit of background research on this topic and… Read More ›

Got competencies? Better than getting good grades?

My collection of articles, reports and surveys about the alignment of the global higher education system and the workplace never remains static. The attention on figuring out how to reduce youth un and under-employment remains a constant source of analysis and a sustaining topic at conferences on all continents. And why not?  This lengthy report… Read More ›

On the Mission of the University

When I attended grad school in the late 60s, the student protest movement against the Vietnam War largely pushed those of us interested in working in higher education administration to [re]examine the mission or purpose of the university.  The draft meant that you HAD to think about why you were in college since it was… Read More ›

“European Dream” Is out of Reach for Current Generation

We’ve all been aware of the un and under-employment of recent college grads in Spain and Greece whose unemployment rates for people ages 15-24 is staggering at 55% and 58%.  But what about the impact of the economic crisis in Europe upon the personal dreams and aspirations of college-age youth and recent graduates?  This story… Read More ›

Building Employment Opportunities The Old Fashioned Way

The UK Globe & Mail published this interesting piece http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/bridge-your-own-skills-gap/article15056920/?service=mobile#menu written by a social entrepreneur whose mantra is, “bridge your own skills gap.” There are many ways in which students and recent grads can acquire the skills and tools to be more relevant in today’s workforce:  On campuses across the country [i.e. in the UK], there are… Read More ›

Youth Unemployment – A Global Crisis

Reading this blog post on World Bank site, http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-need-youth-jobs-revolution, I was struck that the problem, the actors involved, and the solutions – all were as applicable to the youth unemployment problem in the United States as in the developing world (the ostensible aim of the dialogue held at the Bank during their meetings in DC earlier… Read More ›

NAFSA: A Global Commons & The Growing Inequality of Access to International Education

It’s the week after the world’s largest gathering of international educators in St. Louis, MO. Over 8,500 professionals -representing academic institutions and both for-profit and nonprofit organizations – and supporting businesses from 100 nations spent a week sharing insights, research and creative new program initiatives with one another.  If you do not know about NAFSA,… Read More ›