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WS01 - A Primer on U.S. Higher Education

Sunday, May 29
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: CCC, 304

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

Designed for international educators who are fairly new to the field, this overview of U.S. higher education describes the system's history, structure, and governance, institutions, students, and quality assurance and funding strategies. Learn about degrees, the credit system, grading, admission processes, and how to use this information to better advise students or build strong linkages and partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

Linda Tobash

Senior Director
World Education Services
New York, NY

Linda Tobash is Senior Director of Policy, Knowledge, and Data at World Education Services (WES) in New York. An international higher education specialist with over 30 years’ experience, Linda is a frequent presenter on the U.S. higher education system, attracting U.S. students, developing institutional partnerships and building higher education capacity. Previous to WES, she served as Director of University Placement Services at the Institute of International Education where she was responsible for overseeing the placement of sponsored international graduate and undergraduate students from nearly 130 countries in U.S. and select world-wide colleges and universities. She also worked in the City University of New York, 10 years as director of admissions at LaGuardia Community College. She has been an adjunct lecturer at the New School University, New York University, Columbia University, and Teachers College conducting classes in intercultural communication (in both online and in-person modes) and English as a second language as well as offering graduate assistant teacher training workshops.

Ms. Tobash co-authored The State of International Education chapter in the most recent AACRAO International Guide and has been active in numerous professional associations. In addition to AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers), she currently serves on the Leadership Development Committee of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and formerly served on its Bologna Process Task Force I and II and its Education and Training Committee. She served on the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Board of Directors and also chaired its professional development and sociopolitical concerns committees. Ms. Tobash holds a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Robert Watkins

Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Texas-Austin Graduate and International Admissions
Austin, TX

Robert Watkins has worked in international admissions for 38 years at the University of Texas-Austin, and has been a NAFSA member since 1983. A past ADSEC chair and NAFSA Region III chair, he was, until recently, the network leader for NAFSA’s Bologna Special Focus Network. He has also served on the TOEFL Policy Board, and is completing a 10-year stint as chair of the NCAA International Student Records Committee. He is currently on the NAFSA Awards Sub-Committee.


Gregg RICHARD. Glover

Assoc. Director/Asst. Professor
Emerson College
Boston, Massachusetts

Gregg Glover has served in administrative and academic roles in higher education for over 25 years, as an admissions director, instructor, researcher, and international educator, most of it at Harvard University. He is a specialist in international recruitment/scholar exchange, and faculty/student services, and has lectured on the American education system, global education, leadership, and the selective admissions process across the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Gregg completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently serving as Associate Director of Major Gifts at Emerson College, and visiting assistant professor at Salem State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in organizational behavior, leadership and governance, and current issues in student affairs, and lectures each spring at the Burgandy School of Business Excellence in Pedagogy program in Dijon, France. He continues to serve an academic advisor to Harvard students in Lowell House, one of Harvard’s undergraduate residential communities.


Clare K. Banks

Assistant Director, International Partnerships & IIE Initiatives
Institute of International Education Communications
New York, New York

Clare Banks is currently the Assistant Director for International Partnerships and IIE Initiatives at the Institute of International Education. In this role, Ms. Banks manages IIE’s Center for International Partnerships and a range of programs focused on fostering sustainable, strategic linkages. Among those programs are the IIE International Academic Partnership Program, the Global Partnership Service, the Global Innovation Initiative, the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes, and the IIE Connecting with the World course in Myanmar. Her most recent publications include Investing in the Future: Rebuilding Higher Education in Myanmar (2013, editor); Models for U.S. Study Abroad to Indonesia (2012); and Joint and Double Degree Programs in the Global Context (2011). Ms. Banks holds a BA in Spanish from Georgetown University and an MA in International Education from New York University.



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