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Tuesday, October 10 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Breaking barriers to international enrollment with innovation and common sense (60 mins)

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It is especially important during challenging times in education
         to confront and eliminate those unnecessary, and often self-imposed, obstacles to success. This is especially true in the admission of international students. Beyond the external challenges of immigration rules, there are numerous “self-imposed” barriers by universities that with creativity, innovation and rethinking long-held, but now inapplicable practices can improve international admissions and the diversity of ideas and practices it brings to a U.S. campus. Such barriers include semester timing, credential recognition to include an over-reliance on third-party validation and often outdated supportive data, a “Gatekeeper’s Mentality” versus an “Access Mentality,” a lack of clarity in admission criteria and an absence of “design thinking” towards the international student and family, a “reactive” enrollment strategy versus a “proactive, data-driven” approach and a lack of process responsiveness versus competitors in the UK, Australia and Canada as well as increasingly countries like Germany and Holland that are introducing degree programs in English. The barriers will be examined and innovative solutions to overcome them offered and discussed.


William Durden

Chief Global Engagement Officer, Shorelight Education
Bill is President Emeritus of Dickinson College, where he served for 14 years, and provides key leadership to the International University Alliance (IUA), a mission-driven organization that advances the international aspirations of top-tier universities. He also holds a joint professorship... Read More →

Gabriel Lindo-Ardila

Transfer Specialist, Florida International University
Gabriel has been in higher education for 13 years with an interest in international education. Currently, he is tasked with managing the international equivalency process to facilitate the academic transition of international students to FIU.  Prior to joining FIU, Gabriel worked... Read More →

Chris Sauer

Senior Director of Enrollment Strategy, Shorelight Education
Chris works closely with enrollment, immigration and academic officers at Shorelight Education’s partner campuses. Prior to joining Shorelight, he served in the Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Botswana and for the past thirty years has held faculty and administrative positions... Read More →

Kathryn Smith

Senior Director, Strategy and Global Projects, International University Alliance
Kathryn Smith is Senior Director, Strategy and Global Projects, of the International University Alliance, where she focuses on industry leadership initiatives in international higher education. With the IUA, Kathryn has developed a global consortium of U.S. and U.K. universities affiliating... Read More →

Marie Vivas

Senior Development Manager, International Baccalaureate Organization
Marie works closely with counselors, university admissions officers and with university faculty on IB recognition issues. Marie is a former President of International ACAC and has served on several NACAC Committees. She holds an MA in French Literature from Florida State University... Read More →

Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Colorado B

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