Is There a Creativity Crisis in International Education?

May 05, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Samantha Martin

Is international education experiencing a creativity crisis? My team and I have been on a “listening tour” of sorts with international educators and students for the past 2 years as we build new human-centered software for education abroad. In that time, I’ve been quite struck by the overwhelming sentiment from international educators at all levels that there’s very little room for creativity in higher education today. ... See More

Denver’s Neighborhoods

May 03, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michele Friedmann

There are so many great neighborhoods in Denver — one week is simply not enough time to check them all out! From beautiful parks and hip restaurants to trendy music venues and a funky art scene, Denver has it all! Here a few of my favorite spots.... See More

Using NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies for Team Development and Hiring Purposes

May 02, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Sora H. Friedman

As one whose international education (IE) career is usually focused on helping rising professionals plan their future professional development, I recently had the opportunity to consider the opposite side of the coin. I got to see firsthand how NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies can be used as a guide for hiring new colleagues. Using the Competencies for this purpose gave me a chance to consider the breadth of the field of international education from my own vantage point, as well as what it might look like for my team and my potential new colleague.... See More

Workshop Preview: Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming

April 28, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kara Johnson

Over the past three weeks, I have been able to share some critical insight into a few select Current Topics Workshops (CTWs) that will take place in Denver at this year’s NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. Through this 2016 Annual Conference Committee workshop preview series, we have explored the impact of experiential learning to facilitate intercultural understanding and the institutional benefits of building an international student and scholar crisis management plan. ... See More

Why International Education Needs More Innovation

April 26, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Mitch Gordon and Steve Moraco

The rise of high-tech startups and other transformative entities have dramatically changed how we do business and live our daily lives over the past decade. Uber changed the way we think about mobility. Airbnb changed the way we travel. Netflix changed how we watch TV. We’ve all seen firsthand how these important startups have fostered innovation and forward thinking. ... See More

Strengths-Based Professional Development

April 22, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Holland

An activator, a learner, and a woo walk into a meeting...is this the beginning of a bad joke? Actually, it’s the start of a great conversation. Gallup Education created the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment in an effort to help individuals, and companies, identify what it is that they do best and how to boost that greatness in others. With an eye on creating efficient teams and a better working environment, strengths can be a powerful tool in the workplace, and has also emerged as a learning tool in higher education.... See More

Workshop Preview: Building Your ISSS Crisis Management Plan

April 21, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kara Johnson

Last week, I kicked off the 2016 Annual Conference Committee's inaugural Workshop Preview series by featuring my conversation with Jin Abe, lead trainer for the Current Topics Workshop (CTW) Experiential Learning to Facilitate Intercultural Understanding. The Workshop Preview series is designed to highlight some of the can't-miss professional learning opportunities at this year's NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Denver.

This week we feature an engaging conversation with Daphne Orr, international student adviser at Georgia State University, who gave me the inside scoop about her upcoming CTW Building Your International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Crisis Management Plan and how it will benefit participants and their institutions.

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Public Art in Denver

April 19, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michele Friedmann

Public art says a lot about the identity of a city. One of the first pieces of art to greet people flying into Denver is Blue Mustang, a 32-foot tall, fiberglass statue of a blue horse. The story of Blue Mustang is a tumultuous one – the artist Luis Jimenez was crushed by the horse during its construction and never saw his masterpiece completed.... See More

Connecting the Dots: How Study Abroad Impacts Employability

April 15, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Marty Tillman

An American expat running a study abroad program in the Gulf region recently commented on LinkedIn that when students were asked: “What were your expectations before the trip?,” their responses generally were: “I thought it was going to be a vacation,” or “I thought there was going to be more down time.” The perception that study abroad falls solely within the tourism or leisure travel sector is present in some experiences. And all too often, students’ cognizance of the relationship between study abroad and employability takes place well after the experience, if at all. ... See More