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CIHE-related expertise: Higher Education Corruption Monitor

Dr. Elena Denisova-Schmidt, MBA, is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland. Previously, she has taught and conducted research at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. Before moving into academia, Denisova-Schmidt worked for the VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation in Russia.

In her current studies on higher education she has been measuring the effectiveness of anti-corruption campaigns among students through experiments and examining the extent of corruption at BRIC universities. As a CIHE Research Fellow, Denisova-Schmidt will work on the Higher Education Corruption Monitor (HECM). 


Link to her website

CIHE-related expertise: Liberal Education

Kara A. Godwin, Ph.D. is a research fellow at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) and a consultant working with clients that include the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Olin College of Engineering, Lesley University, Boston College School of Education, and the Economist. Kara's work focuses on curriculum, learning/teaching, public policy, and internationalization. She is particularly excited about investigating national and institutional policies that disrupt traditional ways of thinking about higher education. Her forthcoming book, Changing Tides: The Global Rise (and US Decline) of Liberal Education, analyzes the growing global interest in liberal arts education and is based on the Global Liberal Education Inventory, a worldwide database of 200 programs. Kara is the founder of the new Global Liberal Education Collaboratory, an emerging international association of liberal arts programs (website forthcoming). Before CIHE, Kara was at the Northwestern University Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching where she worked with undergraduates, led programs for graduate students, and developed faculty. Kara has been a visiting scholar at Amsterdam University College, a policy analyst for the Rhode Island (US) Board of Governors, and a consultant for projects on international development, curriculum assessment, study abroad, and faculty development. She enjoys teaching about the social context and impact of higher education, student learning, comparative systems of education, intercultural competence, public policy, project management, and strategic planning. In a former life, Kara was an IT analyst and project manager in the US and UK. She completed her PhD at Boston College with the Center for International Higher Education, a master of science at Northwestern University (IL), and a bachelors degree at Augustana College (IL). 


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CIHE-related expertise: Quality, Latin America

Iván Pacheco is a consultant and researcher in higher education.  His main topics of interest are quality assurance, peacebuilding, and the academic profession.  He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in higher education from Boston College.  Iván’s dissertation focused on the role of higher education in armed conflict and postconflict countries, particularly in his home country of Colombia.  He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and an intern at LASPAU-Harvard. With over fifteen years of higher education experience, his past roles include Director of Quality Assurance for the Colombian Ministry of Education, acting Vice Minister of Higher Education, and board member for more than ten Colombian public universities. He represented his country at the UNESCO-OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education meetings and at RIACES, the Ibero-American Network of Quality Assurance Agencies. His publications include: Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts (coeditor with Altbach, Reisberg, Yudkevich and Androushchak, 2012); Educación Culpable, Educación Redentora: Evolución Legislativa de la Educación Superior en Colombia (2004), and Nuevo Compendio de Normas sobre la Educación Superior(2001).  Iván is currently editing, together with Alberto Roa, a book on the challenges for Colombian higher education for the next decade.


CIHE-related expertise: The World View, Professional training, Latin America, Saudi Arabia

Liz Reisberg is an international consultant working on projects related to the improvement of higher education. She has worked with governments, universities, and international donor agencies throughout the world, including the World Bank and InterAmerican Development Bank. During her long affiliation with the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College she participated in research with international partners and contributed to numerous articles and books that resulted.  She was also an adjunct professor in the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Boston College.  Dr. Reisberg has designed and taught in professional education programs for faculty and senior administrators throughout the world.  Her experience and research have focused on quality assurance, internationalization, improving university teaching and higher education policy reform and implementation, most frequently in Latin America.  


Link to Reiberg & Associates website

CIHE-related expertise: Chinese Higher Education

Qi Wang is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). She completed her MA and PhD studies at the Department of Education, University of Bath, UK, from September 2002 to November 2008. She joined SJTU in May 2009 and works at the Center for World-Class Universities. Her research interests include building world-class universities, employability management and skill training, and globalization and education development. In particular, her current research focuses on building world-class research universities from a theoretical and comparative perspective; in particular how different governments and universities in East Asia and Europe adopt policies to implement this global aspiration. Her current research on young faculty members’ perception on employment reform in leading Chinese research universities is funded by the Ministry of Education in China. In addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, she serves as an associate editor for the Journal of International Higher Education (in Chinese). 


Dr. Jamil Salmi, a globally recognized expert on higher education and the former Tertiary Education Coordinator in the World Bank’s Human Development Network, has just been appointed as a research fellow at CIHE for the next two years. Dr. Salmi has provided policy advice to governments and university leaders in more than 90 countries in all parts of the world over the last 24 years. He is a specialist in matters of system-wide policy development and governance, higher education excellence initiatives, evaluation of national higher education reforms and donor programs in support of higher education in developing countries, equity promotion strategies, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Ellen Hazelkorn is Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) (2013-) and Emeritus Professor and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She is International Co-Investigator, and member of the Advisory Board and Management Committee, Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), UCL Institute for Education. Ellen has worked as higher education policy consultant and specialist with international organisations and governments for over 15 years (e.g. EU, OECD, World Bank, UNESCO, US National Academy of Sciences), and regularly undertakes strategic and research evaluations for European and national research/scientific councils and universities. She is a board member of several universities and higher education/research organizations: Research and Information Advisory Committee, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK), Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Sweden), Higher School of Economics (Russia), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Russia), and Rovira i Virgili University (URV) (Spain).

Ellen is internationally recognized for her writings and analysis of rankings on higher education and policy, including: Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence, 2nd ed. (Palgrave, 2015); editor, Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education (Routledge 2016); co-editor, Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education: Uses and Misuses (UNESCO, 2013); co-author, Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes: impact or illusion? (EUA, 2014); as well as, Developing Research in New Institutions (OECD, 2005). Other recent publications include: co-author, The Impact and Future of Arts and Humanities Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); and co-editor, The Civic University: Meeting the Leadership and Management Challenges (Edward Elgar 2016) and GUNI World Report 6: Towards a Socially Responsible Higher Education Institutions, globally and locally engaged (UNESCO 2017). Forthcoming publications include Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education (Edward Elgar 2017).