Higher Education Summer Seminars

Higher Education Summer Seminars

Our engaging, practice-oriented summer short courses are relevant and geared towards higher education professionals and graduate students seeking professional renewal, new skills, knowledge, and career advancement. Students can decide to complete courses for credit or non credit units, and all offerings are taught by experienced, dynamic senior administrators and faculty from Boston College and other regional institutions.

Please note courses listed below are a sampling of what was taught in Summer 2019.

Higher Education Summer Seminars for Summer 2020 will be added in the near future.

Refugees and Migrants in Higher Education
Friday, May 31, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Forced displacement, as calculated by UNHCR, has now exceeded 68 million people worldwide. The resulting influx of refugees to temporary and semi-permanent host countries has prompted higher education institutions and policy actors to innovate pathways to tertiary education. Concurrently, both old and new immigrant receiving contexts are called to facilitate the tertiary access and attainment of students from a migrant background. This population may include students of the so-called first, second, or third generations. In this intensive two-day course, we probe questions of access and experience among migrant and refugee populations as related to higher education institutions globally. We focus this conversation on the post-1945 period, beginning our dialogue with a brief discussion of global migration trends. We then begin a discussion of approaches to the support of migrant students in key world regions, highlighting comparative data, before turning to refugee student support in both brick and mortar as well as online settings. The final portion of the course allows for an integrative discussion of educational equity and policy innovation supporting immigrant and refugee students alike. A final paper of 2000 words will be required for course completion.

Johannes de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)
Hakan Ergin, Visiting Scholar, Bogazici University, Turkey
Lisa Unangst, Research Assistant, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)
       
     
For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below.

Global Learning
Friday, June 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In the last decade approaches to internationalization focused on developing students? International and intercultural skills for professional practice and citizenship primarily, or even solely, through mobility have been challenged as insufficient in the 21st Century. Today all students require intercultural skills and international awareness in their professional and personal lives. Approaches to internationalization focused on mobility for the minority are clearly insufficient for this task. In this two-day course participants will explore the implications for policy and practice of challenges to traditional approaches to internationalization. Specifically, what does global learning for all? In practice for what is taught, how it is taught, what is learned and how that learning is evaluated? Further, what do these changes mean for university leaders, for faculty and staff across the university and for their professional development? What are the opportunities and challenges in providing global learning opportunities for all students? These and other related questions will be discussed and debated in the context of latest global trends in the internationalization in higher education and future plans for internationalization, both national and institutional. A final paper of 2000 words including abstract and keywords is required for course completion.

Johannes de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)
Betty Leask, Visiting Professor, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below. 

Summer Institute WES-CIHE: June 19 through 21
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 9:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This annual symposium offered by World Education Services (WES) and the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) aims to address questions around the internationalization of higher education and provide a space to discuss implications for institutions worldwide. Over the past decades, international higher education has grown exponentially. The global knowledge economy, the massive movement of students, scholars and academic programs around the world, the IT revolution and its impact on international teaching and learning, have all contributed to a strong feeling of interconnectedness and global citizenship in the higher education community. In many local communities outside of academia, however, an increasing frustration over the lack of benefits from globalization has emerged. This disconnect has resulted in rising nationalism and xenophobia, as manifested in several referenda and elections in the past two years. What does this mean for our policies and strategies for internationalization? What lessons are to be learned from these developments? What are the ethical challenges for international education in this political climate? Students have two options for earning credit: Option 1: Attend the conference and present a paper between at the conference June 19-21. Option 2: Attend the conference and prepare a 1500-2000 word paper on a topic discussed at the conference. The paper will be due two weeks after completion of the conference.

Johannes de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)
Betty Leask, Visiting Professor, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below.

Mapping Campus Ministry: Culture, Person and Strategy
Monday–Thursday, July 8–11, 2019 from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Monday–Wednesday, July 8–10, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Workshops)

The course and conference are an opportunity for those working in Catholic college campus ministry to gain perspective on the enduring cultures in the higher education setting. Through a lens of a Catholic theological anthropology, an interdisciplinary faculty from Boston College will: offer an overview of higher education to help make sense of cultures seen on campuses; an analysis of cultural practices (e.g., hooking up, binge drinking, competition, and high anxiety); suggest a Christian vision of personhood and relationality; and create a space wherein participants can strategize how they might develop a culture of relational personhood on their own campus.

This summer 2019 Conference Week course will meet July 8-11 from 8:45-11:45 a.m. There will also be afternoon workshops (Monday-Wednesday) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Note: Given the brevity of these summer courses, it is essential that students come prepared to engage in learning the very first day. To facilitate this, each course has 'Pre-Class' work to complete. This generally includes reading and often requires a written essay to be submitted before or on the first day of class. See the STM Conference Week webpage: www.bc.edu/stmsummer.

Theresa O’Keefe, Associate Professor of the Practice, School of Theology and Ministry

For current non-degree and degree students, please register through BC UIS.

For new non-degree students, please select the appropriate box below.