Managing Institutional Risks and Expectations Associated with Joint and Dual Degrees


Joint and dual degrees continue to emerge as institutional strategies to increase global brand recognition, enrollment numbers, and bottom line. For students, these degrees often seem like a bargain and worth the effort. However, university administrators have a tendency to underestimate the amount of time and effort it requires to develop effective partners.

Are joint-dual degrees worth the investment? How quickly can institutions expect to see their enrollments grow? 2+2, 1+2+1 or 3+1; which model is best?

Join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern for a Collegial Conversation around the institutional risks, expectations, and best practices associated with joint and dual degrees.

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Megan PrettymanMegan Prettyman
Montana State University
As the director of international recruitment and admissions at Montana State University, Megan Prettyman manages a team with many diverse responsibilities, ranging from developing partnerships and programs with other institutions, to recruiting international students, to processing international student application, and developing marketing materials. In 2012, Megan entered the field of international education in the role of global pathways and international exchanges adviser at Florida State University. Prior to joining Montana State University, Megan worked for the British Council on education marketing initiatives and as a consultant for a multinational corporation, Carphone Warehouse. She was an invited lecturer on girl's health education initiatives in western Uganda for an NYU undergraduate course, "Education and Globalization". Megan graduated from New York University with a master's degree in international education and the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

Mary Anne WalkerMary Anne Walker
Michigan State University
Mary Anne Walker serves as the director of the Global Engineering Office at Michigan State University. She has been working in the field of international development, research, education and training for 31 years. Mary Anne has taught and consulted on topics of global research development using analytics that drive strategic investments, community and economic development, financing of public/private alliances via building extensive networks. Mary Anne did her undergraduate work at Northeastern University with graduate work at Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Madrid, Spain and American University. She also served as a fellow to the United Nations University. For two decades, Mary Anne has engaged with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on International Initiatives; both organizations advance internationalizing higher education. She also serves as an adviser to the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and serves on the Board of the MSU Institute of International Health and MSU’s Visiting International Professional Program.

Thy YangThy Yang
Norwich University
Thy Yang is currently the assistant vice president for international education at Norwich University, birthplace of ROTC and the nation’s oldest private military college. Previously, Ms. Yang has held international education positions at a variety of universities in the Midwest including her home state of Kansas, North Dakota, Michigan, and Minnesota. She has been working in the field of international education for over 15 years and has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has taught undergraduate courses in college readiness, intercultural communications, and management and leadership. Thy has been interviewed in a number of television stories and newspaper articles and has contributed to publications by IIE and AACRAO in the areas of strategic partnerships and dual degree programs. She has a BA from Ottawa University and EMBA from Benedictine College, both in Kansas.