Impact: Promoting Higher Education


La Salle Supports International Students through College Admissions

With nearly 200 international students from more than 50 nations, La Salle knows how important small class sizes can be to international students. Marc Vallone, associate director of International Admissions talked with a Japanese delegation of college administrators about key points for applications, financial aid and more. Elizabeth Scofield, long-time Citizen Diplomat and director of the MBA program, and MarySheila McDonald, dean of the School of Business, spoke about the unique culture at La Salle that produces exceptional business graduates.

Temple Strengthens Education Around the World

Temple University is one of Philadelphia’s top universities making great strides in financial planning and fundraising. CFO Kenneth Kaiser along with Erika Clemons, Martyn J. Miller and Jacqueline McCafferty from Global Programs and the Center for American Language met with higher education professionals from Georgia. Together, they discussed the challenges of today’s higher education landscape and shared how the University maintains alumni relations with over 320,000 living alumni. Georgia has a 26-school, 325,000-student system, and the delegation was eager to hear ideas on how to design a nimbler and more-efficient system. Pictured above Christina Bolton walks Japanese Guidance Counselors through the admission process.

Drexel Educates Young Leaders on Accountability and Transparency

Jennifer Johnson Kebea, executive director of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University, hosted a delegation from Lebanon in July. Young people make up 35% of Lebanon’s population of 4.2 million people. In this often-turbulent region, participation in conflict resolution and political engagement are essential elements for lasting peace. Kebea presented on the Center’s four interconnected concepts: Community Based Learning, Student Civic Leadership, Community Partnerships, and Volunteerism, so that every Drexel student can see how social responsibility can be integrated into their careers. Kebea also hosted Professional Fellow Samhita Malla, program officer for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems of Nepal, in the Fall. After her fellowship, Malla returned to Nepal to foster Nepalese youth leadership and build their ability to advocate for their own and other’s political rights. In Nepal’s 2022 elections, over three million young people will be eligible to vote, marking the role of young voters as a defining factor in the upcoming elections.

UPenn Sets the Bar High for Online Learning

Rebecca Stein, executive director of the Online Learning Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke to 24 educators about the impact of new technologies in learning environments and expanding student access to high quality education. Philadelphia is a hub of educational innovation, setting the future of higher education and new reality beyond the traditional “brick and mortar” college campus.

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