UAlbany Becomes Home to Major International Education Association: Furthers the Global Engagement of the University

Albany, NY (October 21, 2010) - The University at Albany’s School of Education is the new home of the Secretariat of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the premier scholarly society in the world in this field.  The relocation of the Society to the University at Albany furthers the university’s growing global engagement and interest in making the World Within Reach for its students and staff.

According to Robert Bangert-Drowns, Dean of the School of Education, “Hosting CIES is an exciting extension of the School of Education’s commitment to educating teachers, administrators, and policy makers that are aware of our global context and informed by education systems around the world.”  Serving as the new home to the Society will raise visibility of the school’s many international efforts and provide additional opportunities for graduate students and faculty to engage in international scholarship and use lessons from abroad to impact the policies and practices within New York State.  

The effort to relocate the Society to the University at Albany was led by the faculty of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, in conjunction with the School of Education, Office of the Provost, and the Office of International Education. 

Significant support for the initiative also came from Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York, and Mitch Leventhal, SUNY Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs.  In the coming months, the Secretariat will be working with the SUNY Office of Global Affairs to help advance the reach and work of the Society alongside the SUNY system’s global engagement agenda and trajectory.

The CIES Secretariat will be headed by Jason E. Lane, assistant professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) and a fellow with the Nelson A Rockefeller Institute of Government and Alan Wagner, professor and former chair of Educational Administration and Policy Studies.   Professors Lane and Wagner serve on the Society’s executive leadership team as the secretary and treasurer, respectively.  Further support will be provided by other co-authors of the proposal—Professors Aaron Benavot, Pamela Théroux, Daniel Levy, Kevin Kinser, and Gilbert Valverde (who currently serves on the CIES Board of Directors)—and substantial contributions from other EAPS faculty.

Hosting the CIES Secretariat enhances the School of Education’s initiative to extend the global engagement of EAPS and the School through the emergent Institute for Global Education Policy Studies (IGEPS), which is meant to provide leadership in the schools’ scholarly international education initiatives. 

IGEPS builds upon the long-standing strong emphasis on cross-national policy research in the EAPS department.  This includes the extensive international research portfolios of the co-authors of the proposal to host the CIES Secretariat. Professors Aaron Benavot and Gilbert Valverde have engaged in significant research and policy work on K12 curriculum, textbook and assessment policies around the world.  Distinguished Professor Dan Levy’s ongoing study of private higher education has culminated in the well-regarded Program on Research in Private Higher Education (PROPHE). Professor Alan Wagner draws on cross-national experience to examine how learning and its financing are spread over the life-cycle.  Professor Pamela Théroux is currently working on issues of educational reform in Australia.  Professors Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane have recently engaged in a global study of American institutions opening international branch campuses in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  Their work can be found at  IGEPS also builds on the considerable global research and professional work conducted by a number of other scholars in the EAPS Department.

Founded in 1956, CIES is the largest and oldest scholarly organization in the world dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. The Society's members include more than 2000 academics, practitioners, and students from around the world. Further, the Society publishes the prestigious journal Comparative Education Review (CER) with the University of Chicago Press.  Professor Aaron Benavot, from EAPS, serves as the co-editor of the CER

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