Program Agenda


University at Albany, School of Education
Room locations: The Plenary Sessions will be held at the Multipurpose Room, while the workshops will be held at the Orb and the Bean, in the Campus Center.

Day 1: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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

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) (Multipurpose Room)

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”(Multipurpose Room)

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 (Multipurpose Room)

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Interactive Workshops (Tracks 1 &2) (The Orb and The Bean)
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 (Tracks 1 & 2) (The Orb & The Bean)
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Closing Plenary, Clay Hensley, Senior Director, International Strategy & Outreach, College Board, The Global Future of U.S. Higher Education: The Trump Effect and Shifts in International Mobility (Multipurpose Room)

12:00 Program Close

Select One of Two Tracks

Interactive workshop – Track 1
Building Capacity, Building Networks: Why Global Alumni Relations Matter  (Track Lead: 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
Expanding Reach: Leveraging Innovative and Entrepreneurial Student Mobility Pathways  (Track Leads: 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.