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ERIC Number: ED508105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Global Policy Fellows Program: Lessons Learned
Cunningham, Alisa F.
Institute for Higher Education Policy
Throughout the world, the demand for higher education is increasing exponentially, pushed forward by the realities of a global economy and accompanied by pressure to open up opportunities for prospective students from all backgrounds. The importance of a knowledgeable, highly skilled population has become clear and many countries have made great strides in increasing the numbers of students who attend and graduate from college. Although some of these policies have contributed to positive gains, gaps between traditional students and historically disadvantaged students remain in most countries. At the same time, there is often a lack of capacity to analyze these issues and recommend changes to existing policies or new programs altogether. Yet it is increasingly important to involve policymakers in discussions about what works well--or doesn't work at all--across borders. To address these challenges, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) created the Global Policy Fellows Program (GPFP) to improve the knowledge and skills of the next generation of policy analysts and leaders. The goal of the program is to improve individual capacity to conduct research and analysis, and create a global network of policy analysts and researchers who are motivated to address challenges faced by underserved populations. This report describes the program, highlights some of its findings, and provides a framework for international collaboration. It hopes to spur future ideas for building policy development capacity worldwide, with a special emphasis on higher education, where strong measures are needed to address continuing gaps in access and success. The Global Policy Fellows Program provides a model for cultivating and nurturing a network of people who are interested in higher educational policy. Three appendices are included: (1) Global Fellows 2007-09; (2) Expert Speakers at Global Policy Fellows Program Meetings; and (3) Global Policy Fellows Program Advisory Committee. (Contains 1 figure and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: Brazil; Mongolia; Netherlands; South Africa; Ukraine; United States