The CSHE webinar series features prominent researchers addressing the most significant trends emerging in higher education. In 2020, CSHE shifted these presentations to a virtual format. These lecturers have attracted over 11,000 viewers both domestically and internationally. Some of our recent topics have been higher education funding, internationalization, distance education, political influence on higher education, diversity, equity and inclusion, future higher education admissions policies, student debt crisis, challenges to tenure, and many others. Please check this page for past webinars.
Employers’ Perceptions on American Assoc. of Colleges and Universities Essential Learning Outcomes
In a world where the workforce is changing and the attainment of a higher education credential is essential; the need to build connections, establish effective communication, and cultivate partnerships between employers and academia is critical. Are your student’s ready for the workforce, and how would you know? What skills are important to employers and do they mirror what institutions value as important skills? Are employers aware of different frameworks institutions are using to build curriculum and evaluate learning? This webinar will provide a brief background on learning and employability frameworks, the current use of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) essential learning outcomes, share findings from focus groups with line managers supervising recent graduates, discuss instructional strategies to improve skills identified by the line managers as important but weak, and consider opportunities for collaboration between employers and academia.
Pursuing Institutions of Excellence: Lessons from the Field
How do higher education institutions in seven national and economic environments define and pursue excellence? This study looks at the disparate ways institutions define and enact their purposes, how they align institutional behaviors with their stated values and institutional goals, the practices they use to uphold their key principles, and the ways in which they seek to foster these values within these academic communities. These institutions are doing compelling work and offer important alternative concepts of excellence—ones that run counter to rankings schemes and world class university models. The variety of approaches by these institutions can be emulated by other institutions.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Global Context
How are institutions of higher education preparing students for work, life, and citizenship in our diverse world? How does the alignment of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives with global learning contribute to this preparation? Domestic students must be prepared to work across differences and engage with multiple perspectives and knowledge sources to address the challenges of today and tomorrow. As students work more intentionally across borders and boundaries, are they prepared to navigate different framing of diversity, equity and inclusion and understand their own cultural positionality within the cultures they visit and learn from? Similarly, international students must successfully immerse themselves in campus life even as they seek out communities with similar cultural understandings. These international students must situate the current DE&I discourse here in the United States through the lens and perspectives of diversity, equity, access, inclusion and belonging within their own cultural context. This webinar will also approach how diversity, equity, and inclusion is situated in different global contexts.