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Covid-19: The end or revival of international higher education?

Recent years have witnessed a rise in the level of nationalism in many countries with tightened immigration policies and stronger governmental oversight of multinational research collaborations. At the same time, competition among countries and universities for international students has increased significantly, while the demographics of young populations in many countries are shifting. Now, the onset of an historic global pandemic, with its serious travel challenges and dramatic economic effects, raises yet another threat to the future of internationalization on U.S. campuses.

How can universities develop new policies and practices that respond to both problems and opportunities resulting from this unprecedented crisis?

You are invited to hear presentations by three outstandingly expert and highly experienced figures in the field of international higher education and join in a discussion of these important topics.

Financial Impacts of Covid-19 on Higher Education in California

The panel will provide multiple perspectives on the potential financial impact of COVID 19 on California’s public colleges and universities. Panel members will include campus CEOs from the University of California and California State University system as well as from a UC Berkeley higher education researcher with experience as a CFO at multiple UC and CSU campuses.

Specific topics addressed by the panelists will include the financial impact of current responses to the COVID 19 crisis including on-line instruction and the curtailment of on campus activities. Panelists will also provide their perspectives on how individual campuses are preparing for future operations.

The panel will also review the differences between the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 with the current and future financial impact of COVID 19. This will include a review of current action by the federal government such as Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on UC and CSU campuses.

Divergent Pathways: New Measurements of Undergraduate Success

Utilizing newly designed performance assessments to better identify undergraduate experiences and outcomes, the Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project improves the understanding of the value of undergraduate educational experiences and promotes evidence-based models of undergraduate student success. UCI School of Education Dean Richard Arum discusses preliminary findings and possibilities to apply this measurement system to improve the value of higher education investments.

Spring Lecture: Devon Graves

To understand the barriers that exist in the financial aid process, Dr. Devon Graves conducted his dissertation research on financial aid verification and disbursement at a California community college. He contends that aid policies and practices carried out on community college campuses are founded in racist ideologies, which overregulate students and delay their receipt of financial aid.

“Foreign influence” rhetoric and internationalization at UC Berkeley


Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Moderator, Vice Provost for Academic Planning & Senior International Officer

Randy Howard Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research

Patrick Schlesinger, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Administration and Compliance

Ashley Spinelli, Senior Global Engagement Specialist, Global Engagement Office

Gina Banks Daly, Director of Federal Relations in the Government and Community Relations Office

American Higher Education in 2040

Speaker: Arthur Levine

Future Needs for Higher Education

Speaker: UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George R. Blumenthal

New Nationalism and Universities: Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy and the Future of Higher Education

New Nationalism and Universities: Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy and the Future of Higher Education.

The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) commemorated its 60th Anniversary with a two-day international conference on November 16 and 17, 2017 in Berkeley, California.

CSHE alumni and affiliated researchers, along with leading scholars and practitioners from throughout the world, explored the influence of nationalism, old and new versions, on major national universities in different regions of the globe.

Technology and Higher Education with Michael McPherson

Technological advances in education.

MOOCs and the Future of Higher Education

Coursera, MOOCs and traditional higher education.

How Will UC Merced Grow? A 21st Century Approach to Campus Expansion

Speaker: Thomas Peterson, Daniel Feitelberg

The College Dropout Scandal

Speaker: David Kirp

Quality Assurance Program for Higher Education Pedagogy

UC Berkeley expert on how to increase student learning.

Cliometric History of the University of California

Speakers: John Aubrey Douglass & Zach Bleemer