Past Events

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...

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Private Colleges and Universities: Online Programs and Partnerships

Webinar | March 16 | 10-11am | Livestream

According to a report by the Washington Post 40% of undergraduates in the U.S. attend small colleges and universities — with fewer than 5,000 students. In addition, nine percent of Fortune 500 CEO’s graduated from liberal arts colleges. Twenty three percent of US Educated Nobel Laureates and twenty seven Percent of US Presidents are Liberal Arts College graduates.

Unfortunately, on average, five private 4-year non-profit...

Post-Pandemic Internationalization of Higher Education

Webinar | February 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST |Livestream

During the past two years, educational institutions throughout the world have faced challenges in many dimensions of their programs. One element directly impacted is internationalization. With the effects of the pandemic now receding, the value of internationalization remains critical for collaborative research, foreign study, and new experiences with virtual international programs. In this webinar, we will hear from three highly...

Higher Education Admissions Without Standardized Tests

Webinar | December 7 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST | Livestream

The University of California's ten campuses have withdrawn standardized tests, SAT and ACT, from the menu of freshman admissions requirements. The remaining requirements are coursework and GPA as well as a personal essay within a "holistic" admissions process.

Deciding what qualities should be considered in admitting applicants to selective universities has been, and is, a controversial issue. As UC implements the reduced set of requirements,...

The meanings of social justice in practice when one theorizes and teaches in social sciences

Webinar | November 29, 2021 |1:00 pm Chile | 5:00 pm Germany | 8:00 am PST | Zoom

Social sciences include a variety of disciplines and sub-discipline: Anthropology, communication studies, economics, sociology, psychology, political sciences, psychology, geography, to name a few. Each of them offers epistemologies, methodologies and approaches to raise questions about social economic inequality, distribution of power and rights among different social actors, and the...