Joan DeJaeghere, Co-PI and associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), along with Paul Glewwe, PI and professor in the Department of Applied Economics, and other Vietnamese and international researchers led a workshop on the new Research for the Improvement of Education Systems (RISE) in Hanoi, Vietnam in August. The RISE program was discussed in the national newspaper, Dan Tri.
Joan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented a paper co-authored with Aditi Arur (OLPD-CIDE alum) titled, Girls’ education and early marriage in Rajasthan, India: A longitudinal capability approach, at the Young Lives Adolescents, Youth and Gender conference held at Oxford September. 8-9th. The paper is based on qualitative research that Dr. DeJaeghere leads as part of a 3-year research study funded by the Department of Labor to a research team at Williams College.
Michael Goh, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), provided testimony on August 15 to the Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health regarding issues of access barriers and challenges and culturally competent clinical services for ethnically diverse, new immigrant, and refugee populations.
Frances Vavrus, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), attended the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies in Beijing in August and presented a paper entitled Critical Historical Geography of Educational Inequality. There were also three OLPD alumni who presented their research at the conference: Drs. Taro Komatsu, Xinyi Wu, and Ya Liu.
Michael Goh, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was an invited speaker at the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (APLU-CADE) Summer Meeting in New York City. The title of his presentation on July 29 was Inclusive Excellence and Institutional Transformation.
David Chapman, professor in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was the guest-leader for a workshop on strategies for improving education quality in Bangladesh for the education staff in the World Bank office in Bangladesh. He also presented a paper at the Bulgaria Comparative Education Society in Sofia, Bulgaria. The paper was based on his Fulbright research in Malaysia on the response of university faculty to the intensifying pressure for research and publication in Malaysian universities.
Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) — a new initiative aimed at conducting high-quality research to build evidence to enhance children’s learning throughout the world — announced today that it will begin work in Vietnam. University of Minnesota and CEHD researchers are leading this effort.
The £4.2 million, six-year undertaking will seek to understand how Vietnam “got it right” in creating an education system that has led its students to achieve learning levels exceeding those of their peers in far wealthier nations.
The project in Vietnam is one of four research endeavors being launched in countries throughout the world to shed light on ways to address a global learning crisis. Countries around the world have been remarkably successful in making progress toward universal primary (elementary) schooling, but in many places, learning levels are poor, or have declined. As a result, even when children finish many years of schooling, they still lack basic math and literacy skills. The RISE agenda emphasizes the need to make changes that can provide children with the education they need to be successful adults in their local, national, and global communities.
Research about the experiences of Vietnam offers the potential to inform policies that can help other countries enhance students’ education.
Vietnam’s achievements in elementary and secondary education over the last two decades are extraordinary. Out of 65 countries, Vietnam ranked 17th in math and 19th in reading — surpassing both the United States and the United Kingdom — in the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the worldwide scholastic performance measure of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Vietnam’s primary school completion rate is 97 percent, and its lower secondary enrollment rate is 92 percent.
“Vietnam’s success raises key questions about how it reached such levels of learning, and whether its achievements can provide insights that help other nations,” said Paul Glewwe, one of the research team’s principal investigators (PIs). He has been engaged in research in Vietnam for 25 years and is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. “The project is very ambitious in scope, and it takes advantage of an incredible success story in education in developing countries.”
Co-PI Joan DeJaeghere, associate professor in CEHD’s Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is part of a team of nine experts from institutions within and outside of Vietnam that will undertake a systematic evaluation of Vietnam’s education system by analyzing the status and impacts of past, current, and upcoming educational reforms. The aim is to understand how policy levers made Vietnam’s exceptional achievements possible, and whether and how new reforms are able to build on its achievements. DeJaeghere is a Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist to Vietnam, having worked on education projects there for over 10 years.
RISE is managed and implemented through a partnership based in Oxford, UK, between leading international development consultancy Oxford Policy Management and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Research is led by the Center for Global Development, a non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C.
Arthur Harkins, professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development in the CIDE program, passed away on Wednesday. He was an associate professor and retired from OLPD in 2014.
Art came to the University in 1967 with a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and he was one of the first three Coordinators in the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). He had also been a faculty member in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (SPFE) and in the Master of Liberal Studies program.
Art was particularly interested in the relationship among three things: technology, education, and the workforce. During his career, he co-authored or co-edited five books, including Cultures of the Future and StoryTech: A Personalized Guide to the 21st Century. One of the projects in which he was most involved was StoryTech, a controlled imagination process he invented while studying the Shinto religion. The technique involves story telling using alterable variables. He was also deeply involved in a cross-college certificate in innovation studies, one of the first of its kind in the nation. It was aimed at helping the University prepare “innovation workers.” Art also co-developed Leapfrog Institutes, an OLPD and CEHD program that worked to promote pilot projects and policy development focused on non-formal education, innovation, and the use of advanced hand-held learning devices.
Art taught both undergraduates and graduate students in OLPD in courses on knowledge systems, cultural models and simulations, and innovative systems thinking. In 2000, he received the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Continuing Education.
For those of us who knew Art, he was truly an innovative thinker and will be sorely missed.
~ Frances Vavrus, OLPD Interim Department Chair
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Joan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) worked with Aditi Arur (CIDE alumnus) to complete baseline interviews with 60 young girls and their parents, who participate in a life skills program that Room to Read implements in Ajmer, Rajasthan. The baseline qualitative data is part of a 3-year study with colleagues, Jessica Leight (Williams College) and Eric Edmonds (Dartmouth) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), India, funded by the Department of Labor. The research seeks to answer the question of whether life skills training and mentoring by older female role models, denoted “social mobilizers,” can affect girls progress through and completion of secondary school, lower their rates of participation in child labor, and enhance their non-cognitive skills.
Deanne Magnusson, lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave the keynote address Re-Imagining School Leadership in an Era of Globalization and Glocalization at a conference for Sultanate of Oman school principals. The conference, held April 25-26 in Muscat, Oman, was sponsored by the Oman Ministry of Education as a leadership development initiative and as a celebration of high achieving Omani schools and students.
Photo: Magnusson (right) with an Oman principal and student. The principal’s school was presented with a High Performing School Achievement Award at the conference banquet, and the student is the highest performing student in the 4th grade class.
David Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was a guest of the Malaysia Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) to serve as a facilitator in the Global Higher Education Forum 2016 sponsored by IPPTN in Penang, Malaysia.
Christopher Johnstone, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has received a 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Council of Graduate Students, Professional Student Government, and the Student Conflict Resolution Center. This award was established in 2010 as a way to recognize contributions of faculty members who go above and beyond in their work with graduate students. It is the only award where faculty members are nominated by and winners are selected by graduate students. He was nominated by a couple of his M.A. advisees and received the award at a recognition event on April 21, 2016.
Alexandre Ardichvili, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), delivered the Distinguished HRD Scholar Lecture at the College of Education of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign on April 28, 2016.
David Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), received the Lifetime Contribution Award from the higher education group of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) at their annual meeting in Vancouver.
Two faculty members in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) received awards from the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The awards for scholarly professionals who have made significant contributions to the vision of leading the profession through research were presented at the annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas in February 2016.
Alexandre Ardichvili, was awarded the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The Outstanding HRD Scholar Award is presented to an outstanding human resource development scholar who has demonstrated a continuing record of scholarly productivity and influence in the profession.
A paper by David Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and others entitled “Changing Higher Education Practices in Malaysia: the Conundrum of Incentives” was just published in Studies in Higher Education. This paper reports findings from Chapman’s Fulbright research in Malaysia.
Roozbeh Shirazi, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has written an opinion piece, “Moving toward second-class citizenship with Congress’ visa-waiver legislation”, posted on MinnPost.
“Beyond these restrictions, this bill comes with an enormous emotional toll. Our sense of belonging as Americans, a topic that I have devoted much of my research toward, is at stake. Three generations of my family’s lives, memories and relationships are inextricably tied to this land. For many Iraqi- and Syrian-Americans, this history is much longer. We have buried our elders here, and have welcomed new additions to our families as well. These are among the rituals that make a place home. How are we expected to feel a connection to a country that formalizes a lower tier of citizenship for us? How are my wife and I supposed to raise our 2-year-old son to exercise his rights as a citizen of this country when those rights are marked with an asterisk?”
Karen Miksch, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave a plenary talk and a workshop at NASPA’s Student Affairs Law Conference in Washington, D.C., December 10-12. She also conducted a workshop, “Supporting LGBTQ Students in a Shifting Legal Landscape,” and then co-presented one of the plenary talks, “Addressing Social Media Legal Issues.”
Andrew Furco, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was appointed to a three-year term to the Board of Directors for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The board provides oversight and direction for APLU’s work and is charged with setting membership and governing policies for the association. APLU’s goals are to make public institutions of higher education more effective in delivering high-quality and affordable higher education alongside cutting-edge research and robust community and economic engagement.
Michael Goh, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented an invited plenary session “The Intercultural Competence Imperative for Youth” and two intercultural training workshops at the Conference on At-Risk Youth in Singapore. The conference is co-organized by the Singapore Ministries of Education, Social and Family Development, Home Affairs, and Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore).