Survey’s show a great way of getting an idea of how an idea is moving along. But, there are also biases in surveys. This survey for mapping internationalization at higher education institutions may show great advancements and lack thereof but it may not grasp a complete idea of how active higher education is in mapping internationalization as there may be institutions who did not participate in the survey. It was interesting to see that those who did participate gave us a good idea on where higher education needs to work on with internationalization and where we are succeeding. One thing that caught my attention was that 95% of doctoral students saw and felt internationalization more according to the survey. It made me think if more doctoral students saw this because many doctors often do their doctoral work in a different country. It is very common for doctoral students especially for medicine to go to the Caribbean to finish their degree but are associated with American universities so when they return they can easily move into their residency.

Formal assessment is important in higher education but has not been at the forefront of it, which is a huge problem. I find it very interesting that higher education as a whole is having difficulty with formal assessment of educational outcomes and success of their students but this is at the forefront of internationalization of higher education. According to the survey their was a decrease in the early 2000’s of assessment of internationalization but in 2011 they saw an increase in formal assessment of internationalization of higher education of 37%. What phenomenon between 2006 and 2011 occurred that this number increased? Why hasn’t this effected higher education as a whole? Many strategic plans are starting to include internationalization and some institutions are creating separate strategic plans just for internationalization. A concern I have is that if so much effort is put into internationalization an institution will the home campus begin to loose out. This is a reoccurring theme as we have discussed internationalization over the semester. Co-curriculum programs are now progressing to the internationalization end. I have never been a fan of this for the reason as they are no credit, students already spend large amounts of money on college, why would they opt to take a non credit course. Yes, they enhance the curriculum but it makes it hard for students on a budget to enhance their education when they are not receiving credit for a course. Expanding this to internationalization at home is going to leave out a certain socioeconomic group of students who cannot afford that luxury.

2 thoughts on “W-11 Mapping Internationalization

  1. I am happy I am not the only person commenting on how information is presented. You are a little more critical of the survey than I was, but after reading it, we both felt compelled to address it. As you mention, I think it is easy for students and researchers to become lazy in how they process the information stated. If it is in front of us, it must be legitimate, and we should not question it. That’s how we all get into trouble! We should always have a certain amount of skepticism when we read surveys and findings. Even though this particular survey appears to be objective at first glance, you point out that the facts may still be skewed in some way. We must remember that when we try to analyze the data!

  2. Hi Melissa,

    I think you made great points in regards to the biases of the surveys. I do agree that we cannot completely trust the results stated in the survey as they can be skewed, however no survey ever claims to be a 100% representation of reality. Yet, I do agree with your points in regards to formal assessment, the difficulty of implementing and obtaining results, as well as the controversial need for internationalization at home and how it is costing students more money. It really got me thinking of why institutions don’t implement internationalization into “at home” curriculum and why students are opting out of existing opportunities at home. And as you stated, finances seem to be main issue. It is costing institution tremendous amount of money to create/change the curriculum, while students don’t feel the necessity to opt in and take internationalization classes that don’t apply toward their degree, yet still hit their pocket. I think there is a big disconnect between desired results of internationalization and financial ability of institutions to provide those opportunities and results.

    Natallia Kolbun

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