Colloquium | December 5 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Evans Hall, 766-768 CSHE Conference Room
The Center for Studies in Higher Education is pleased to invite you to attend a colloquium featuring two CSHE Visiting Scholars:
Research Funding in the Age of Trump by Gwilym Croucher
Senior Lecturer/ Principal Policy Advisor at University of Melbourne
Fostering Global Competence Through Internationalization at American Research Universities by Irina Shcheglova
PhD Student at National Research University Higher School of Economics.
Research Funding in the Age of Trump
by Gwilym Croucher - Senior Lecturer/ Principal Policy Advisor at University of Melbourne
This paper examines an emerging dilemma for universities and governments. Leading US research-intensive universities are finding it increasingly difficult to secure the necessary resources to support basic science and research. Public and private universities rely heavily on public funds to sustain science through national competitive grant schemes, yet the Federal government appears less able and willing to maintain current levels of support. Diminishing public engagement and the politicization of some areas of basic science, for example climate science, makes future public backing all the more precarious. Even where substantial competitive grant funding is available, it rarely covers the full overheads and indirect costs, meaning additional funds are needed.
This paper focuses on the implications for future university based research, and the strategies universities and their faculty are pursuing to secure support, in particular philanthropy, commercialization and public engagement. The paper presents the initial findings from 35 interviews with university, academic and government leaders in California, Colorado, Washington DC, New York and Florida, and experts from AAU, APLU, AAS, ACE, UCSUSA, and several other non profit organizations.
Fostering Global Competence Through Internationalization at American Research Universities
by Irina Shcheglova - PhD Student at National Research University Higher School of Economics.
American research universities have recently joined the march for internationalization and now are putting explicit efforts into finding ways to create an international focus. Within a short number of years, missions have been transformed, incorporating elements of globalization. Universities now declare the importance of preparing students to live and work in a multicultural and global world. They document the increased numbers of international students and faculty on campus and their support for Study Abroad programs that provide first-hand international experience as well as for curricular changes. However, there is little research regarding how effective universities have been in achieving their overall goal of internationalization, in particular any assessment of increased student global competency resulting from the undergraduate experience at a major research university. This study begins to fill that gap by investigating the contribution of each of a number of specific globally focused activities offered by these universities to the increased self-assessed global competency of undergraduates. The data are from the spring 2012 administration of the Student Experience in Research University (SERU) Survey that included responses from 33,784 undergraduate students from 15 major American research universities. The study develops a six-item measure of global competency and then uses a four-stage multiple regression model to examine how participation in each of nine globally oriented activities contribute to self-assessed increases in global competency since enrollment at the university. The results indicate the significant relationship of participation in globally oriented activities to increased sense of global competency with the pattern of relationships varying by year in school. For seniors, for example, interaction with students from outside the US in social settings makes the largest contribution to gains in global competence, followed by taking courses with an international focus and study abroad.
(See recent ROPS publication)
Dr Gwilym Croucher is a 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar. Gwilym's current research examines future challenges for supporting research in US universities, including the ongoing reality of cuts to research funding and the increasing politicization of science, focusing on the implications for future university based science. For the project he has interviewed university, academic and government leaders, as well as policy experts about future prospects for science and research in the US.
Gwilym is a research academic in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne Australia, as well as Principal Policy Adviser in the University of Melbournes Chancellery. He has expertise in higher education and research policy drawing on his research focus on the funding and financing of universities, in particular those in Australia.
Irina Shcheglova is currently pursuing her PhD in Education at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. She is also working as an Analyst of the project Student Experience in the Research University (SERU-I). Irina is responsible for supporting the establishment and maintenance of an overall evaluation framework, processes and procurement mechanisms to measure, assess and report on ongoing, mid-term and final program results.
During her time at CSHE, Irina is working on the research proposal Students Multi-Engagement in University Life as a Factor of Academic Achievement which has potential for improving understanding of the complex issues associated with the value of undergraduate degrees in Russian and American Universities.
Brown bag lunch. Tea & coffee will be served.
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