Past Events

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Global Context

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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...

Pursuing Institutions of Excellence: Lessons from the Field

Lecture | Thursday, March 9| Online |Livestream

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...

Who Should Pay for College?

Lecture| Tuesday, January 10 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT | Livestream

Who should be responsible for the cost of college? Students? Their parents? The government? Should tuition at public universities be free? Should student loans be forgiven? Is college worth the costs? These are among the questions that Natasha Quadlin, Brian Powell and their research team asked thousands of Americans for more than a decade. This webinar discusses how Americans responded to these questions and how their views on...

Universities in Ukraine During and After the War

Lecture| Thursday, Novmeber 10 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT | In-person and online | Livestream

The Russian invasion of Ukraine brought devastation and suffering as well as heroic resistance by the Ukrainian people. Higher education was no exception to this dramatic story. To date, more than 300 Ukrainian schools and universities have been completely destroyed, and more than 2,300 have been damaged. Hundreds of thousands of students and faculty have been forced to leave their homes. Universities have...

Empire of Ideas: Conversation with the Author William Kirby

Webinar | Tuesday, October 25 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT | Livestream

The modern university was born in Germany. In the twentieth century, the United States leapfrogged Germany to become the global leader in higher education. Will China challenge its position in the twenty-first?

Empires of Ideas looks to the past two hundred years for answers, chronicling two revolutions in higher education: the birth of the research university and its integration with the liberal...

The Impact of Current Trends on Future Higher Education Admissions Policies

Webinar | September 20 | 12pm-1pm PT | Livestream

From shifting demographics, tuition and student loan issues, standardized testing differences, competition between small and larger institutions, and more, how will current trends affect future admissions policies? Join us for a discussion of these trends and their impact with New York Times bestselling author Jeff Selingo, and Carleton College Professor of Economics Dr. Nathan Grawe.

Tenure: Past, Present, and Future

Webinar | June 28 | 12:30pm -1:30pm PT | Livestream

Tenure in U.S. higher education has often been a controversial policy but has endured because of its important contributions to the protection of academic freedom. In this webinar, hear of the circumstances that contributed to development of the concept of tenure; recent developments in tenure practices, including those related to diversity/equity/inclusion and accommodations related to family care; and thoughts on the future of tenure given today's challenges....

2022 Virtual SERU Research Symposium "Student Success and Wellbeing at Research Universities"

"Student Success and Wellbeing at Research Universities"

The 2022 SERU Research Symposium "Student Success and Wellbeing at Research Universities" took place on June 15-16 and provided a venue to discuss best practices and initiatives that facilitate student success and wellbeing at research-intensive universities in the (post)pandemic era. It explored how the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustices and economic inequalities affected student learning, engagement, sense of belonging, satisfaction, plans, mental health and wellbeing in undergraduate and graduate...

Maresi Nerad on Are they converging? Doctoral Education Worldwide: Trends and Future Challenges

Abstract: For 25 years globalization and an increasing middle-class in a number of countries around the world, have moved governmental attention to postgraduate education, particularly doctoral education. Governments, hereby, followed the neo-liberal economic model and its concept of innovation and technology advances. In the eyes of government, the subsequent change in research production made research relevant for economic growth.

The predominant model of reforms in doctoral education that has been used by government is through the “backdoor” via federally funded research grant...

Big Data in Academic Profession Studies: Advantages and Limitations

Webinar | April 20 | 10-11am PDT | Livestream

The seminar will be focused on new opportunities for academic profession studies provided by global Big Data and large biographical, administrative, publication and citation datasets. The academic profession research has traditionally used academic surveys. Nowadays, new complementary data sources can be used (raw citation and publication metadata from Scopus and Web of Science, data from merged datasets of different types etc.). New...