Upcoming VITAL Workshops


Friday, August 22, 2014
Harre Union Ballrooms B & C
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The annual Fall Faculty Workshop will be held on Friday, August 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Harre Union Ballrooms B and C.  This workshop will focus on international institutional partnerships. 

Keynote speaker will be Mr. Alan Ruby, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy. Mr. Ruby has a 40-year career in government, business, philanthropy, and education ranging from classroom teacher, to Australian deputy secretary of education, to chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development education committee, to World Bank human development expert. In his current role, he focuses on globalization’s effects on education and training policy and practice. He is also an adviser to the leadership teams at the American Institutes for Research and at Nazarbayev University and Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools in Kazakhstan. He serves as a senior fellow at the National Association for Study Abroad and writes regularly for the Times Higher Education magazine.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Harre Union Ballrooms B and C

8:00 a.m.


Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.


Plenary Session (Ballrooms B and C):

  • President’s Welcome – Mark Heckler, PhD
  • Provost’s Remarks – Mark Biermann, PhD
  • “Valpo and Global Education" – Mr. Alan Ruby, University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy

The relatively easy movement of people, ideas, and money across national borders has changed the shape of higher education. Universities, through the faculty’s and students’ research, service, and teaching, have added to the free movement of knowledge and attracted people to learn and work in different countries.

Situating Valpo in the global education arena involves a brief overview of the four main modes of sharing educational services across nations. This survey covers the growth in international students, the proliferation of branch campuses, the mobility of faculty, and an increase in distance education.

As Valpo, its faculty and students, respond to and engage in these shifts in the educational environment, what factors should be considered? Is it a good idea to further diversify the student population? Where and how should the University extend its global presence? What locations and programs make sense? And why do this at all?

9:45 a.m.



10:00 a.m.


Split Session I:



  • “Building an Engineering Program in China” – Jaishankar Raman, PhD, Assistant Provost for International Affairs (Ballroom A)
    • Valpo is partnering with Dalian Jiaotong University to offer a joint engineering program. The agreement calls for Valpo to teach a maximum of 10 engineering courses in Dalian over a period of four years.



  • “A Valpo Liberal Arts-Based Education in India” – Renu Juneja, PhD, Professor of English and former Associate Provost for Internationalization (Brown and Gold Room)
    • Valpo and Kalyani International University (KIU) will partner to offer degrees in India for engineering, business, and the MBA program based upon Valpo’s liberal arts curriculum. This collaboration involves training their faculty, providing curriculum, and consulting on growing the university as they start building KIU from the ground up.

10:55 a.m.



11:05 a.m.


Split Session II:



Repeat of Split Session I

12:00 p.m.


Lunch Buffet