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Creighton University President Attends U.S. University Presidents Summit in Nation's Capitol

Creighton University President Attends U.S. University Presidents Summit in Nation's Capitol

Creighton University President the Rev. John P. Schlegel attended the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education January 5-6, 2006, in Washington, D.C. The summit was hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

Secretaries Rice and Spellings called the Summit, organized by the State Departmentís Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to initiate a dialogue on the need for government to work collaboratively with the non-governmental sector on the future of U.S. higher education in a global arena.

Summit attendees represented the full richness and diversity of the higher education system in the United States, coming from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and included leading public and private Ph.D. granting institutions, as well as community colleges, historically black institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, religiously affiliated institutions, and womenís colleges. Also invited were the principal presidential higher education associations and the heads of the federal science and humanities bodies.

Among other topics, the Summit focused on how to attract foreign students and scholars to the United States, as well as how to encourage more American students to receive part of their education abroad. Participants also discussed marketing U.S. higher education programs abroad, reaching out to underserved populations, understanding visa and regulatory processes, cooperating to meet exchange priorities, and utilizing fully the international education resources of community colleges.

The Summit was designed to draw attention to the key investments required to strengthen international higher education for Americans, including increasing access to study abroad, encouraging non-traditional study abroad locations, strengthening non-traditional language acquisition, developing coherent international strategies at U.S. universities and colleges, and engaging the public and private sectors in a shared national vision for the future.

Fr. Schlegel and University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken published an editorial in the Jan. 11 Omaha World-Herald that outlined their experiences and a summary of some key points from the summit.

The piece can be found at: http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=609&u_sid=2096453

Posted: 1/11/06