February 25, 2015

    Alumnus Erin Sheevers, a December 2014 graduate of the EAPS School Building Leader Program, is the Director of Technology for Coxsackie –Athens School District. She is currently enrolled in the School District Leader Program. Ms. Sheevers graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a minor in Education from Le Moyne College in Syracuse. She then went on to teach high school social studies in Maryland while earning an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Technology Integration from Johns Hopkins University. In 2011 Erin returned to hometown of Albany where she was appointed to the position of an assistive technology consultant for the Bethlehem School District. While consulting for Bethlehem Erin earned a M.S in Curriculum Design and Instructional Design from the University at Albany in 2012. Erin is passionate about 21st century learning and educational leadership and has both attended and presented at numerous conferences including NERIC Tech Awareness day, NYSCATE, and ISTE.



    February 24, 2015

    Alumnus MaryEllen DiCocco a recent graduate of the EAPS School Building Leader Program, is currently enrolled in the School District Leader Program. Ms. DiCocco graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric & Communication, and a minor in Psychology.  She then went on to obtain a Master’s of Science in Education, with a concentration in Educational Psychology, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. Ms. DiCocco previously served as a School Psychologist in South Carolina before obtaining a leadership position with the Niskayuna Central School District.  Ms. DiCocco is currently serving as the Committee on Special Education Chairperson for preschoolers and students K-7.  Among other responsibilities, Ms. DiCocco has worked with colleagues to initiate and sustain education reform initiatives including Common Core Learning Standards, Data Driven Instruction, and Response to Intervention.



    February 11, 2015

    For the last three years, SEA-Change has partnered with Rockefeller College Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS), hosting the Institutions and Societies interdisciplinary conference. This year's organizing committee from SEA-Change includes:  Maria Khan, Esteban Villalobos and Lan Hoang. The aim of the conference is to provide graduate students in the Capital Region an open venue for sharing their work and promoting a cross-discipline dialogue to improve the overall quality of graduate research. Definition of the conference name and theme, Institutions & Societies, has been left purposefully broad and somewhat vague to allow for the largest variation in the participant pool. SEA-Change invites Faculty and Students to attend Institutions and Societies 2015, which will be held at Rockefeller College on Friday, February 27, 2014. To register, please visit our website:https://sites.google.com/site/institutionsandsocieties/home


      PhD student Michelle Feder Bianchi is a 2015 Fellow on Women & Public Policy, sponsored by the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society. The fellowship is a prestigious leadership development program designed to maximize skills and contributions for excellence in public service. Michelle’s fellowship placement is in the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
       Ph.D. Student Bushra Rahim’s article “Now or Never” regarding recent attacks on schools around the world, especially in Pakistan, has been published in The Frontier Post.
       EAPS Ph.D. Candidate Suehye Kim has accepted a job offer from the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning, in Hamburg Germany, which will begin next February.  She will be drawing on her dissertation expertise and statistical skills by developing UIL's work on quantitative  data, in particular, in relation to the PIACC dataset and in collaboration with OECD . She will perform the project related to Group Report on Adult Learning and Education (volume 3) in a professional position.


    Doctoral Student Taya Owens, was awarded the 2014 Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This is the preeminent national professional organization for sustainability. Taya will be featured on a webinar next Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 3pm (EST). Taya’s research interests focus on policies that impact colleges and universities as organizations, with particular attention paid to higher education governance, organizational diversity, and performance outcomes. During her tenure as a doctoral student, Taya has published several papers and book chapters on policy development, policy implementation, and comparative regulation and governance. Taya’s research interests are informed by over seven years of experience in public higher education policy at the state and system level. Prior to her career in public policy, Taya lectured at universities in Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and China.

    See http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2015/AASHE-2015-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-1    for details.



    EAPS PhD candidate Li Zhang was awarded Dissertation Research Fellowship Award 2014-2015 by the Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education. This award will be used to support her dissertation research activity in China in Spring 2015. Her dissertation is on the strategies international branch campuses use to gain acceptance and support from different stakeholders in China. This research aims to understand forms of legitimacy in a non-Western context.

      Dr. Kathryn Schiller (L) and Dr. Christina Luke(R) pose for a celebratory photo at the University at Albany’s December 2014 Commencement Ceremony.  Dr. Luke received her PhD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies.  The title of her Dissertation is:  “The Effect of State Induction Policies on Novice Teacher Attrition”.
       Alumnus Carrie Nyc-Chevrier was appointed Director of Business and Finance for the Niskayuna Central School District.  Ms. Nyc-Chevrier previously served as the Business Office Administrator for Questar III BOCES since March 2013.  Prior to joining Questar III BOCES, Ms. Nyc-Chevrier was the Business Administrator for the New Lebanon Central School District for five years.Ms. Nyc-Chevrier received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo, and was awarded her Master of Business Administration and Advanced Graduate Certificate in School District Business Leader from the University of Albany. 
       Dante Salto has been selected as the Sanford H. Levine Fellow for 2014-15.  Established in June 2011 in memory of Sanford H. Levine, former SUNY Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and University Counsel and former Service Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Education and Law at the University at Albany, the Levine Fellowship recognizes and supports each year a doctoral candidate who evidences leadership, accomplishment, commitment and promise in the field of higher education and law.  The Fellowship provides support for fieldwork and other expenses associated with completion of the dissertation project and also for participation in a professional development experience.
       Kelli Parmley, an EAPS alum, has been appointed as VP of administration at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She will play a direct role in operationally driving Carnegie’s work in implementing a groundbreaking model of educational research advancing improvements in student learning. Said President Anthony S. Bryk. “We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm we know she will bring to the position.” Parmley moves to Carnegie from the Bridging RVA (formerly Bridging Richmond) program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also served as assistant vice provost for institutional effectiveness. Prior to that Parmley was as a senior policy analyst for the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), At EAPS Parmley had studied with Fred Volkwein and Daniel Levy, among others.


    Dr. Thomas Reardon (right) Principal, and Michael Burns (left) Grade 5 Teacher and Administrative Intern in the EAPS School Building Leadership Program, were in Washington DC to receive honor and recognition for Voorheesville Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Veteran's Day weekend 2014. This annual event brought together committed leaders, teachers, and staff who work tirelessly to inspire young minds, create dynamic learning opportunities, and raise the bar for our Nation's schools. The school will have an assembly consisting of local leaders to discuss the impact and purpose of this honor, and to celebrate this great accomplishment with the Voorheesville Community.

       Alumnus Marie Digirolomo began her sixth year as a School Leader in the position of Director of Foreign Language, and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Niskayuna Central School District (July 2014).  Previously Ms. Digirolomo served as the Assistant Principal, and Building Principal of the Taconic Hills High School.  Ms. Digirolomo is a 2009 graduate of the EAPS School Building Leader, Advanced Graduate Certificate Program.  She was awarded both her Bachelors of Arts Degree, and Master’s Degree from the University at Albany (2001), and achieved tenure as a French teacher in the North Colonie School District.
      Alumnus Anthony Marturano was appointed 4-8 Assistant Principal at Ichabod Crane CSD.  Mr. Marturano previously served as Math/Science Curriculum Content Specialist at A.W. Becker Elementary School, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District since August 2009. Mr. Marturano completed his Educational Administration Internship at Ravena Middle School, June 2009. He taught math to RCS students in grades 6-8 from September 2004 to June 2009, and to 7th grade students in Garner, NC, from August 2003 to May 2004. In his time at RCS, Mr. Marturano served on A.W. Becker Elementary School’s Building Leadership, SQR and Crisis Response Teams. He also served as Special Education Summer School Principal.Mr. Marturano holds NYS permanent certifications as a School Building Leader, and School District Leader from the University at Albany (SUNY), and is Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) certified. Mr. Marturano received his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University at Albany (SUNY), and his Bachelor’s Degree in Education K-12 Mathematics from the State University of New York at Oswego.


    Rebecca McGrouty was appointed Rensselaer Park Elementary School Principal July 2014, in the Lansingburgh School District.  Ms McGrouty  previously served for two years as Assistant Principal of Lansingburgh High School.  Ms McGrouty was formerly employed as an Elementary School Teacher for nine years.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Niagara University, and obtained her Master’s Degree in Literacy from the University at Albany.  In 2013, Ms McGrouty was awarded the Advanced Graduate Certificate in School Building Leadership.  She is presently pursuing the Advanced Graduate Certificate in School District Leadership at the University at Albany, Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. 

      Alumnus Kiante Jones has been appointed Principal of Mont Pleasant Middle School, Schenectady City School District.  Mr. Jones previously served as Assistant Principal at Mont Pleasant Middle School since October 2013.  Prior to working at Mont Pleasant Middle School, Mr. Jones worked as a Social Studies Teacher, and Summer School Principal in the Enlarged City School District of Troy.    Mr. Jones is a graduate of the University at Albany (SUNY), where he completed his advanced study in School Building Leadership (May 2013), with an MS in Adolescent Education (2004), and a BA in American History (2001).
       A research paper written by Ph.D. Student Taya L. Owens was recognized with the AASHE 2014 Student Research on Campus Sustainability award at the annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Taya's paper assessed the role of campus sustainability agendas as organizational missions. By combining literature on organizational strategy with an emergent topic, sustainability, this study contributes to a broader understanding of how colleges and universities adapt.
       Susan C. Perkins, Ph.D. is the new Director of Programs and Services for the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD). She is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day administration of all Educational Opportunity Centers, Outreach Centers, and Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking labs. UCAWD, as part of SUNY's Administration, promotes the socioeconomic well-being of the underserved by developing and maintaining quality educational and workforce development opportunities throughout New York State.

     National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA) in China is an institution that provides training for educational administrators at all levels in China. The NAEA delegation discussed ways that the University at Albany and EAPS could work with them on training presidential-level leaders from universities in Western China. This would involve hosting a group of university leaders at Albany for up to two weeks, providing them with information on the management of universities, and having them interact with senior staff at UAlbany. 



     Dr. Pascale Benoliel is a Lecturer in the Leadership and Policy Department at the School of Education in Bar Ilan University, Israel. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Haifa, Israel, in Educational Leadership and Policy. Dr. Benoliel’s areas of specialization are:  Team leadership, Teamwork and School Leadership. While a Postdoctoral Scholar with EAPS until October 2014, Dr. Pascale Benoliel presented the following lecture: “Leading School Management Teams: An Investigation of the School Leader Boundary Activities”.  Given the complexity of school management nowadays, principals have increasingly come to rely for support on school management teams (SMT). This shift to shared leadership requires principals to assume new roles, one of them facilitating SMT leadership. The presentation was intended to underline the potential benefice of teamwork in schools for school effectiveness improvement, with an emphasis on school management teams. The role and activities of principals in promoting SMT and school effectiveness, the challenges, were all highlighted with the intention of enhancing understanding of how SMT structure may shape principal activities.


      Clarín, the largest and most important daily newspaper in Argentina, has published an extensive interview with EAPS Associate Professor Gilbert Valverde on teacher evaluation policy and PISA. Clarín identifies Dr. Valverde as one of the “most listened-to voices in Latin America on comparative education research and testing policy”. The interview was conducted during his recent research visit where he was lecturing in Argentina and Uruguay, and conducting interviews in his on-going research on the international politics of participation in large-scale cross-national tests and domestic testing policies.  Dr. Valverde was asked to comment extensively on efforts in some provinces and municipalities in Argentina to conduct test-based teacher evaluations, and to reflect on what the international research seems to say about such efforts.  Additionally, he was asked to comment on Argentina’s continued participation in the OECD’s PISA assessment. The article can be accessed here: Part 1Part 2  

     Ph.D. student Bushra Rahim wrote an article regarding the Pakistan Government's decision to introduce English as a medium of instruction in public schools in her home province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Government decided to replace the national and mother tongue language with English language. Rahim argues that the mother tongue should continue to be the medium of instruction in all public primary schools instead of English. The article has been published in two leading newspapers in Pakistan. The links below:



       EAPS Ph.D student Michelle Feder lead a 200-student effort to support the Regional Food Bank in getting quality food to thousands of hungry people in Eastern New York. She and UAlbany's Living-Learning Communities volunteered at the Northeast Regional Food Bank and the Patroon Land Farm. For more information please click here.  


    Fall 2014 EAPS & SEAChange New Graduate Student Orientation

      EAPS PhD candidate Li Zhang was awarded Dissertation Research Fellowship Award 2014-2015 by the Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education. This award will be used to support her dissertation research activity in China in Spring 2015. Her dissertation is on the strategies international branch campuses use to gain acceptance and support from different stakeholders in China. This research aims to understand forms of legitimacy in a non-Western context.

    Valverde delivers keynote inaugural address at national policy forum in Uruguay.

    July 28th. At the invitation of the Ministry of Education and with the sponsorship of the United States Embassy in Uruguay, Dr. Gilbert Valverde, EAPS associate professor and IGEPS senior researcher, delivered the keynote opening address at a policy forum organized by the Uruguayan government and the United Nations Development Programme. Dr. Valverde’s address, entitled “Challenges in Curriculum and Evaluation Policy: Contributions to the Policy Debate in Uruguay”, opened a three-day forum launching a major new initiative in curriculum reform for primary and secondary schools in Uruguay.

    Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane Post new Worldwise Blog

    EAPS Chair Kevin Kinser and Associate Professor Jason Lane write about the impact on local cultures of importing foreign higher education in their latest Chronicle of Higher Education Worldwise blog. In the post, “Can Overseas Branch Campuses Reflect Local Values?” they discuss the impact of international education activities in Africa over the last 50 years, and how education must connect to homegrown demands to be successful. Click here to read the blog, and also to see previous Worldwise posts.

    Professor Valverde Delivers Public Lecture in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    EAPS professor and IGEPS Senior Researcher, Gilbert Valverde, delivered a public lecture at the invitation of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Entitled “Latin America’s Open Agenda in Teacher Evaluation” – Dr. Valverde addressed the growing interest in teacher evaluation in the Latin America, coming from such politically diverse countries as Ecuador, Mexico and Chile, and addressed the technical and policy challenges such evaluations pose for countries such as Argentina, and the Province of Buenos Aires, which have nascent efforts in this area.


    Leventhal to Serve as Senior Advisor for AIEA New Mentorship Program 

    Professor Mitch Leventhal has accepted an invitation from the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and has agreed to participate in their new mentorship program as a “Senior Advisor”.  For the next year, Dr. Leventhal will lead focused discussions among SIOs (and equivalents) from four institutions:  Kansas State University, Dominican University, Stetson University Law School, and LCI Language Centers (an accredited for-profit). These discussions are already proving very interesting in honing in on issues of interest for a potential senior leadership program.


    Kevin Kinser on the Australian program Rear Vision

    EAPS Chair Dr. Kevin Kinser was featured in a radio program on the market for higher education in Australia. He talked about for-profit higher education and the lessons that Australia should take from recent experience in the United States. Listen to the broadcast and read the transcript here.


     Meyer Receives NEH Award

    Albany, NY (May 28, 2014) - Dr. Heinz-Dieter Meyer, associate professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award to support two months of uninterrupted writing in completion of his book "The Institutional Design of the University: German, American, Global."


    State Governments Leverage Higher Education in International Engagement

    Jason Lane and colleagues Taya Owens and Patrick Ziegler co-authored a Rockefeller Institute of Government report analyzing the emerging role that states play in promoting the internationalization of higher education institutions. Through these efforts, the researchers suggest, colleges and universities engaged in international activity strengthen economic development and public diplomacy. Research assistants include EAPS doctoral students Kelly Hermann, Jill Lansing, Dante Salto, Ruirui Sun, and Gloria Zambrano. The report can be accessed here.


    Innovative Financing for Global Education Taya Louise Owens, EAPS PhD student, co-authored a Open Society Foundations Working Paper series report on innovative financing in education, a comprehensive yet practical analysis of the current state of innovative financing in global education.  This report was developed with Robert Filipp, Leonard Lerer, and Diego Filmus at the CEU Summer School 2012.


    EAPS PhD student and OAS fellowship holder Dante J. Salto has won competitive admission and a full scholarship for the 2014 Central European University - Summer University program on Innovative Financing for Education.This summer school brings world-class scholars, advanced graduate students and development professionals in education financing together with state-of-the-art instruments for a five-day course. In previous years, EAPS PhD students, Lina Uribe, Ruirui Sun, Taya L. Owens have also been selected to participate in CEU’s Summer program. More information is available at http://www.summer.ceu.hu/innovfinancing-2014


     EAPS doctoral student Odilbek Kattaev attended the 1st Annual Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics at Indiana University in May. He presented a poster on "Low-Level Learners and Study Abroad: A Case Study," based on his work in Arizona State University's 'hybrid' summer Uzbek program, which combines intensive coursework in the U.S. and in Uzbekistan. For more information about conference click here . For information about the Arizona State University program, click here

      Alan France, first deputy Rector at Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan visited EAPS from April 30 to May 2 to meet C-BERT and EAPS faculty and students to discuss the challenges facing international education management. He also gave a presentation on the role of partnerships in transitional environments. More information about WUIT can be found at www.westminster.uz

    Elizabeth vonWurmb, EAPS PhD 2013 graduate, presented a paper at The Global Learning Alliance 2014 Conference, which took place at Teachers College Columbia University in NYC April 8-10. The paper, “Assessing Musical Capacities: 21st Century Skill Acquisition Through the Learning of Instrumental Music in the K-12 Setting,” extends dissertation work done at UA with Dr. Alan P. Wagner. Dr. vonWurmb is the K-12 Fine Arts Coordinator in the Clarkstown Central School System.


    Ben Wildavsky on CNN.com

    EAPS Policy Professor Ben Wildavsky writes about the need for a standard measure of student learning in an article on CNN.com. To read the full article, please click here.

    EAPS PhD student Michelle Feder and EAPS professor Dr Hal Lawson have each received The 2014 President's Award for Exemplary Community Engagement. Michelle also received the President's Award for Leadership. Join us in congratulating Michelle and Hal for gaining these prestigious honors!






    Dr. Aaron Benavot has been appointed as the new director of the Education for All Global Monitoring report. He will be taking a one-year leave of absence from the University to take up the position at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. For more information, click here.




    Heinz-Dieter Meyer, Associate Professor of EAPS, received a National Endowment for the Humanities award to support two months of uninterrupted writing in completion of his book "The Institutional Design of the University: German, American, Global." The competitive award carries a stipend of 6000 dollars to be used by the recipient towards defraying research and writing related costs. Meyer's book, which he expects to finish by January 2015, is under contract with Routledge.



    Gilbert Valverde and Renzo Roncagliolo Evaluating United States Education Development Assistance to the Dominican Republic

    EAPS Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Evaluation Research Consortium, Gilbert Valverde, and EAPS doctoral alumnus Renzo Roncagliolo are working at the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, on the monitoring and evaluation of a $16.7 million dollar project to strengthen primary school outcomes in Mathematics and Literacy. Responding to the findings of a prior $2 million dollar grant to Professor Valverde, which conducted a nationally representative longitudinal study of primary school learning in Mathematics and Reading in the Dominican Republic (the first of its kind ever conducted in Latin America), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) initiated the Effective Schools Program in partnership with the PUCMM. Dr. Valverde, assisted by Dr. Roncagliolo, directs the monitoring and evaluation of this multi-million dollar investment by the American people. (In the photo: Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of the PUCMM, Professor Sarah González de Lora; Dr Valverde and Dr. Roncagliolo).



    Kevin Kinser Quoted in The New Republic

    EAPS Associate Professor and Chair Dr. Kevin Kinser was quoted in the New Republic article “Obama Is Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges—And Liberals Should Applaud Him for It”. To read the full article, please click here.


    Dante J. Salto, EAPS PhD student, publishes in a special issue on higher education governance

    Governance through the market and the state: Postgraduate education in Argentina" appears in the special issue of Bordon: Journal of Education edited by Hugo Casanova Cardiel and Roberto Rodriguez Gomez. The special issue brings together some of the best- known Latin Americanists in the study of higher education. The article addresses the growing role of both market and state coordination in university governance at the graduate level in Argentina, Dante's dissertation topic. To view the full article, please click here.


    EAPS welcomes our newest faculty member: Dr Mitch Leventhal joins us as a Professor of Professional Practice and Entrepreneurship from his former position as SUNY Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs. Leventhal has had extensive experience in the private sector and is an international leader in the area of global higher education management. His interests include global strategy, risk management, private equity flows, entrepreneurship, and cross-border mobility in higher education.

    Sanford H. Levine Fellowship 2012-13 and 2013-14 Recipients: Jill Crombie-Borgos (2012-13), Mrs. Sanford H. Levine, Leigh Yannuzzi (2013-14) & Jason Toole via Skype, stationed in Alaska (2012-13)

    Sanford H. Levine served a distinguished career in Higher Education Law and Policy, as counsel to the State University of New York and as professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. In 2011, the Levine family, former colleagues and friends established a Fellowship in the name of Sanford H. Levine. The Fellowship recognizes doctoral students who have demonstrated evidence and show promise of leadership, service and commitment to higher education and policy. Those named Fellows receive support for conduct and completion of the doctoral project and or engagement in a professional development activity.


    Dr. Gilbert A. Valverde, faculty member in EAPS and senior researcher with the Department’s Institute for Global Education Policy Studies (IGEPS), delivers his Presidential Address at the 58th Annual Meeting of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in Toronto, Canada on March 12, 2014. His address will also be published in the Comparative Education Review later this year. Dr. Valverde was elected President of the CIES, the oldest and largest scholarly society in the field, for the year 2013-14. In his address, entitled Educational Quality: Global Politics, Comparative Inquiry, and Opportunities to Learn, Dr. Valverde explores the global and domestic agents, regimes and structures that promote and embody policy concerned with educational quality and considers the challenges for scholarship and practice that these pose for Comparative and International Education. Click here to see the Presidential Address powerpoint


    EAPS congratulates Professor Dr. Hal A. Lawson for receiving the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Review of Research Award for his article “New Conceptual Frameworks for Student Engagement Research, Policy, and Practice.” This award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon at the 2014 AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

    EAPS congratulates Distinguished Professor Dr. Daniel C. Levy for receiving the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Higher Education SIG award for Lifetime Contribution to the field. The award will be presented at the CIES conference in Toronto, Canada, on 12 March 2014.


    EAPS PhD student Leigh Yannuzzi has been accepted to participate in the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K Graduate Student Seminar scheduled in conjunction with the Annual AERA Conference April 2nd and 3rd.

    EAPS Doctoral Student Christine Farrugia Won the Harold Josephson Award

    EAPS doctoral student Christine Farrugia has been named the 2014 recipient of the Harold Josephson Award for her outstanding graduate work in international education by The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). The award will be presented at the 2014 AIEA Conference in Washington DC on February 18. More about the award can be found here.


    Daniel Levy Quoted in The New York Times

    EAPS Distinguished Professor Dr. Daniel C. Levy was quoted in The New York Times article “A Testing Time for Private Schools in Eastern Europe”. To read the full article, please click here.


    Kevin Kinser Quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    EAPS Associate Professor and Chair Dr. Kevin Kinser was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education article “For-Profit Colleges’ Winter Meeting Focuses on Employment”. To read the full article, please click here.


    EAPS Doctoral Student Dante J. Salto Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

    After a highly competitive selection process, the Organization of American States (OAS) has awarded a doctoral scholarship to Dante J. Salto.

    “The OAS academic scholarship program is intended to support the completion of advanced university degrees and foster intercultural exchange for an equitable number of outstanding candidates from each OAS Member State each year.”

    The program selects only two applicants per country within the Americas inclusive of all areas of study and is aimed at the overall development of one’s country. Final selection took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

    More info can be found here. 

    Kevin Kinser Quoted in Jerusalem Post Newspaper

    EAPS Associate Professor and Chair Dr. Kevin Kinser was quoted in the Jerusalem Post article After Brandeis and Syracuse, a US school decides to stay with Al-Quds. To read the full article, please click here.



    Kay Hinds-Skeete Appointed Senior Programme Officer in the Board of Undergraduate Studies, University of the West Indies

    Our EAPS current Ph.D candidate Kay Hinds-Skeete (Thompson by marriage), has just been appointed Senior Programme Officer, Quality Assurance, in the Board of Undergraduate Studies, University of the West Indies, with responsibility for Cave Hill Campus. Kay is ABD, EAPS, Higher Education specialization, and has until now been Acting Senior Tutor (Head), Division of Commerce at the Barbados Community College.


    Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane published a chapter in the new book The Development of Higher Education in Africa: Prospects and Challenges.

    This volume addresses the fact that the global education revolution of the 20th century resulted in massive developments in education worldwide, but the higher education sector throughout Africa remains surprisingly underdeveloped. This book addresses the perceived and real gap in research productivity and scholarly reputation between African higher education and higher education systems in other parts of the world with rigorous in-depth analysis and discussion. Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane contributed a chapter titled Cross-Border Higher Education in Africa: Collaboration and Competition. To view the table of contents, please click here.


    Prof. Liu Baocun and Dr. Teng Jun from Beijing Normal University paid a visit to our department on Oct. 7. Prof. Liu Baocun gave an informal talk on comparative and international education development in China.



    Dr. Silvina Gvirtz, our EAPS visiting professor, was featured in an interview in the Huffington Post. Click here to read the interview. Dr. Silvina Gvirtz is General Executive Director of the Conectar Igualdad, a program that distributes notebook computers to all secondary school students in Argentina. She also serves as Professor at the Universidad de San Martín, Visiting Professor in the School of Education at UAlbany-SUNY and researcher in the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) in Argentina. Between December 2011 and August 2012, she was the Minister of Education of the Province of Buenos Aires.


    Aaron Benavot, EAPS Professor of Global Education Policy, was invited to give two presentations at the International Experts' Meeting held at UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva, Switzerland on 23-25 September 2013. The 27 leading policy-makers, educators, curriculum specialists and researchers attending the meeting discussed a range of key curricular issues, research priorities and development trends in different regions in the world.

    Jason Lane Featured on National Higher Education Radio Show

    Dr. Jason Lane, deputy director for research, was featured on a national public broadcasting radio program, The Best of Our Knowledge, speaking about Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers, a book he co-edited with former SUNY Chancellor D. Bruce Johnstone. Lane and Johnstone's book is one of the fastest selling ever in the history of SUNY Press.

    This interview, and others being done by Dr. Lane, is part of an overall Rockefeller Institute campaign to illuminate the importance of the connection between higher education and economic development.

    To listen to the interview, go to http://wamc.org/post/best-our-knowledge-1199.


    Kevin Kinser, EAPS Professor and Chair of the Department discusses the MOOC phenomenon and its implications for the future of higher education.



    This weekend on New York NOW Dr. Jason Lane, the Deputy Director of Research at the Rockefeller Institute of Government was featured. He is the co-editor of the book 'Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers,' a publication that measures the role of higher education in their surrounding communities.

    Click here to view a preview of the interview.



    Professors Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane write about India’s new regulations for international branch campuses in their latest Chronicle of Higher Education blog.



    Drs Dan Levy and Kevin Kinser, as well as EAPS graduate Prachayani Praphamontripong, contributed to a new volume on the financing of higher education

    Just published by Routledge Press, the book, edited by Donald Heller and Claire Callender, documents the changes in higher education financing around the world as governments increasingly require students and their families to pay for education, in addition to the emergence of a substantial private sector within the higher education systems of many countries.


    Prof. Gilbert Valverde hosts delegation of Evaluation and Standards Policymakers from Uruguay.

    At the invitation of the US Embassy in Uruguay and the US Department of State, Professor Gilbert Valverde hosted a delegation of government policy makers in evaluation and standards from the Uruguayan Ministry of Education, the National Administration of Public Education, and the newly created National Institute for Education Evaluation. In Uruguay, weaknesses in the public education system are high profile issues as rising dissatisfaction with the quality of the schools and instruction that children are receiving, particularly in rural schools, has put pressure on the government to improve education across all levels. The delegation came to discuss with Professor Valverde, an expert in both Latin American and international evaluation and standards policies and current President of the Comparative and International Education Society, topics including educational indicators, evidenced-based policymaking, teacher evaluation and educational research policies. Joining in the informal conversation were EAPS colleagues Drs. Alan Wagner, James Butterworth (Executive Director of CASDA, the Capital Area School Development Association) and doctoral candidate Ms. Gloria Zambrano.

    PISA, Power and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance

    Drs. Heinz-Deiter Meyer and Aaron Benavot have co-edited the most recent volume of the Oxford Studies in Comparative Education series. The book scrutinizes the role of PISA in the emerging regime of global educational governance and questions the presumption that the quality of a nation’s school system can be evaluated through a standardized assessment that is insensitive to the world’s vast cultural and institutional diversity. This edited volume includes research by EAPS faculty Meyer, Benavot, Kathryn Schiller and doctoral student, Taya Owens.

    Professor Hal Lawson received the National Cooperative Leadership Award.

    The National School Development Council has bestowed one of its two National Cooperative Leadership Awards on Professor Hal A. Lawson. This award recognizes outstanding, national leadership, including demonstrated success in improving school leadership preparation and practice, facilitating collaboration with educational partners, and investing in research frameworks that benefit educational practice. Professor Lawson was honored at the Capital School Development Association’s annual award dinner, April 16, 2013.

    Prof. Jason Lane and several EAPS doctoral students discussed foreign university partnerships with members of the Duke Kunshan University Preparatory Group in China.

    EAPS and the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) hosted members of the team who helped establish Duke’s branch campus in Kunshan China. Bruce Jiang, Gary Zhang, and Patricia Song talked with Professor Jason Lane and EAPS students Ruirui Sun, Li Zhang, and Patrick Ziegler about foreign university partnerships in China as well as the current trends in cross-border education worldwide.

    EAPS doctoral student, Paulina Berrios, has won Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Research Abroad Award.

    This award allowed Berrios to conduct dissertation fieldwork in her native country during the fall 2012. This international award is part of the SYLFF fellowship program that supports graduate students in humanities and social sciences from 69 universities and consortia in 44 countries. “The Sylff program aims to identify and nurture leaders who will overcome differences such as nationality, language, ethnicity, religion, and political systems to tackle global issues, and whose high integrity and drive to address issues unique to their respective countries can make a real difference”. As a result of her research abroad, Berrios now share her experiences in a featured article at the SYLFF program website.

    NAFSA Announces Kevin Kinser as Senior Fellow in Internationalization.

    Kevin Kinser has been named a NAFSA Senior Fellow for Internationalization. NAFSA is the largest professional association dedicated to international education. Kinser will join seven other Fellows to help NAFSA identify and define the key cutting-edge topics the association should be addressing to foster internationalization dialogue.

    Dr. Kathryn Schiller co-authored a recently published NCES Mathematics Curriculum Study.

    Dr. Kathryn Schiller has co-authored a recently published NCES Mathematics Curriculum Study, which explored the relationship between coursetaking and achievement by examining the content and challenge of two mathematics courses taught in the nation’s public high schools—algebra I and geometry. This study analyzed textbook information and usage as a means to explain the apparent disconnect between coursetaking and achievement.

    Dr. Johanna Hakala, a visiting Finnish Fulbright Scholar with EAPS for March and April 2013.

    Dr. Johanna Hakala is a Finnish Fulbright Scholar visiting two U.S. universities in spring 2013: North Carolina State University (Jan-Feb) and SUNY/Albany (March-April). Her Fulbright project concerns strategies for research development and their implementation, recruitment and tenure track policies, and leadership in U.S. public universities.

    Institutions & Societies: a graduate student conference at Rockefeller College

    SEA Change and GAPS are hosting a graduate student conference March 1 at the Rockefeller College campus. Students from 9 social science programs will present current research papers in an interdisciplinary format. The conference is designed to provide constructive criticism for graduate students preparing papers to present at national conferences; foster and encourage interdisciplinary engagements; and, build a broader sense of community among UAlbany graduate students. Register here.