Program Agenda

University at Albany, School of Education
Room locations TBA

Day 1: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Registration 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
1:00 -1:30 p.m. Welcome
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Speaker 1. Karen A. Holbrook, PhD “The Global Research Imperative: Opportunities and Challenges”.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Facilitated Discussion (Jason Lane, Karen Holbrook & James R. Dias, Vice President for Research, University at Albany)
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Interactive Workshops: Introductions of Experts
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Networking reception
Dinner on your own

Day 2:  Thursday, July 19, 2018

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Gathering / Logistics
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Facilitated Small Group Discussion and Large Group Debrief
(Key issues on participants’ agendas).  (Nancy Ruther)
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Speaker 2 – Christine Farrugia, Deputy Head of Research, Institute for International Education IIE, Opening New Doors: Diversifying Student Pathways in Turbulent Times                                                                                                                                                                                                  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Plenary Speaker 3 –Sally Crimmins Vilella, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and Senior International Officer at the State University of New York System Administration                                                                                                                                                                                     12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Interactive Workshops (3 tracks)
Dinner on your own



Day 3:  Friday, July 20, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  Coffee/tea, light breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Interactive Workshops (3 tracks)
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing Plenary TBA
12:00 Program Close

Select One of Three Tracks

Interactive workshop – Track 1
Building Capacity, Building Networks: Why Global Alumni Relations Matter  (Gretchen Dobson)

Higher education leaders committed to building their institution’s global brand and also fulfilling their larger public diplomacy mission as well as professionals engaged in institutional advancement, career services or overseas partnerships will benefit from the global alumni track in our “expert series.”  Dr. Gretchen Dobson provides a powerful framework for global alumni relations drawing on her deep experience and a recent international alumni relations management survey. With reference to both historical and new trends, Dobson will help you analyze challenges and opportunities for developing relationships with alumni that advance your institutional international priorities and reinforce your global brand.

International alumni relations aims to make good use of a powerful resource you already have.  As you begin to systematically leverage the support of this potential group of brand ambassadors you set in motion a cumulative effect of increasing global brand projection, boosting international enrollment and fundraising, and creating new employment opportunities for current students and recent graduates. It’s about international stakeholder relations and outreach with a too often unidentified, unseen and underserved constituency.

This track will review six value propositions for global alumni relations and encourage participants to prioritize their next steps for engaging this increasingly valuable constituency.  It also will review key management, communication and data  resources to support successful global alumni engagement.

Four key takeaways:

1. The ability to clearly articulate the value proposition for investing in international alumni relations
2. Expanding your awareness of ‘global’ alumni with an emphasis on identifying and engaging ‘transnational’ alumni for your institution
3. Ability to prioritize next steps for developing and strengthening your global alumni outreach and stewarding international alumni volunteers.
4. Tips and guidance on building the key management and operational elements for effective global alumni relations.

Global alumni relations is increasingly integral to internationalization.  As higher education institutions continue to globalize their strategic plans and expand the range and reach of international programming, they are motivated to find and engage former students dispersed across countries and over continents. “International” or “global” alumni relations is the outreach to, and engagement of, these internationally-located alumni.

Interactive workshop – Track 2
Navigating Immigration: Campus Critical Visa Operations (Ron Cushing)

Whether you are a senior campus official looking for a better understanding of immigration policy,  an institutional compliance and risk officer or a current professional looking for ways to better manage institutional operations and workflow, the immigration track in our “Expert Series” will provide the training you need.  You will return to your office better equipped to manage staff and solve problems for international students and scholars.  Some of the key learnings will include:

  • How to uphold professional standards while negotiating across legitimate and sometimes competing interests as you manage this complex operating environment.
  • How to use federal regulations when evaluating situations commonly encountered by Designated School Officials, including the use of Immigration Concept’s signature “incidents” to apply the meaning of federal regulations to specific case studies.
  • How to effectively manage the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) including institutional reporting responsibilities, creating and maintaining SEVIS records, managing alerts, updating the institutional I-17 and applying for recertification.
  • Creative strategies for handling immigration policy instability, including critical pointers for managing student immigration statuses including Deferred Action, Temporary Protected Status and others.

There is no clear blueprint in the field for how to make SEVIS compliance work institutionally but every U.S. institution of higher education must be certified by the Department of Homeland Security to use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) in order to enroll international students and host all international scholars, teachers and researchers.  Institutions must have staff who are trained and dedicated to upholding the institutional reporting responsibilities for SEVIS compliance. Historically, the SIO will have staff reports including the legally designated point person, the “Principle Designated School Official” (PDSO), and others who serve as Designated School Officials (DSO).  Whether their duties are exclusive to SEVIS operations or part of other duties often depends on the size of the college or university.

Ron Cushing created Immigration Concepts to help make these systems work for all of the campus leaders and staff involved.  We aim to help close the gap for SIO’s who rarely have official training in their SEVIS responsibilities. With the constantly changing policies, those who serve as SEVIS managers (PDSO’s and DSO’s) can also benefit from more comprehensive training on how the SEVIS system works and how to critically evaluate immigration information.

Interactive workshop – Track 3
Expanding Reach: Leveraging Innovative and Entrepreneurial Student Mobility Pathways (Jason Lane & Mitch Leventhal)

Higher education leaders looking to explore the new dynamics of international student mobility and discover ways to diversify their engagement strategies with international students will benefit from the student mobility track in our “expert series.” Drs. Jason Lane and Mitch Leventhal provide insights into the emerging patterns of international student mobility and what they mean for colleges and universities seeking to serve and recruit these students. Drawing on their experience as senior leaders in the largest system of higher education in the U.S., Pioneers in global quality assurance in recruiting, and their research into entrepreneurship and cross-border education Lane and Leventhal will discuss how the student mobility landscape is changing and how institutions can develop strategies to leverage these changes for their benefit.

The session reveals what the data tells us: colleges and universities are not well situated to respond and take advantage of these new complexities in the student mobility arena. Much as students in the US are becoming more mobile so too international students looking to study with a US institution are creating a new mix of enrollment pathways— beginning their studying abroad during high school, pursuing English language intensive pathways, attending community colleges, or seeking US education in foreign countries. This increasingly complex arena, which often requires partnership with non-profit and for-profit entities, challenges US colleges and universities to develop more holistic, flexible and nuanced approaches to recruiting and retaining international students.

This track will provide a guide for understanding these new pathways, insights into the increasing global competition for international students, and methods for supporting your institution to develop strategies to respond and master these changing mobility dynamics.

Five key takeaways:

1. The ability to clearly articulate the value proposition for developing holistic approaches international student recruitment and retention.
2.  Expanding your awareness of international student mobility and the implications for your competitive position as international students increasingly swirl through various pathways and educational providers.
3. Identify and evaluate sources of student mobility data and how to use them to inform your institutional strategy for recruitment and retention.
4. Tips and guidance on building the key management and operational elements for developing new enrollment pipelines.
5.  Improved understanding of the challenges and opportunities of partnering with third-party entities to achieve institutional objectives.