Shared Interest (SI)


Megatrends: Envisioning the Future of International Education

Thursday, November 14
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Frederick

It’s been ten years since the great recession began to reshape the face of higher education in the United States. Since that time, the share of colleges and universities listing internationalization as a high priority in their strategic plans has declined, foreign language programs have been gutted, funding streams have slowed and costs have spiraled. More recently, the number of incoming international students has begun to decline, while education abroad numbers have risen modestly. It is within this context that we ask: is the golden age of international education over? If it is, what will replace it? How can we best be prepared? In this interactive session, we will seek to understand the confluence of a variety of economic, social, political and demographic trends that are shaping international education - and higher education more broadly - and chart a way forward together.

Learning Objectives:

Mark Bladel

Assistant Director Office of International Studies
Goucher College

Mark serves as the Assistant Director for the Office of International Studies at Goucher College. He manages semester study abroad programs, including advising students, processing,and risk management. Prior to working in study abroad h worked in International Admission at Goucher College, where he was the sole admissions officer to recruit abroad. He developed and implemented a strategic international strategy for the enrollment management team and managed all aspects of the admissions process. Mark is currently pursuing a MS in Higher Education Polic, and within this program he us focusing his academic work examining barriers for students in study abroad.


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Zachary Macinnes, M.A.

Northeast Regional Director
CIS Abroad

Zachary joined CIS Abroad in May 2018, bringing nearly a decade of experience in the wonderful field of international education. Most recently, he was Assistant Director of the Office of Study Away at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Originally from Austin, Texas, Zachary has degrees from Emmanuel College and Trinity College. As an undergraduate, Zachary studied abroad in Peru, Mexico, Spain, Italy and Australia. Zachary has presented extensively at professional conferences, and his areas of expertise include custom programming, issues surrounding equity & access, curriculum integration, social media, marketing and faculty partnership.


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