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ERIC Number: ED552246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-9753-4
Measuring and Assessing Globalization in Higher Education: The Creation of a Scale of Global Engagement
Johnson, Lincoln Duane
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Higher education has entered an era of globalization where the movement of minds is fashioning out a new university. This study defines and describes globalization and its impact on higher education. It presents the uses and methodologies of rankings and global measurements which are increasing in scope and breadth as the university system aims to cross international borders and create worldwide connections. This study developed indicators of global engagement at universities using data from rankings methodologies and interview data from university administrators and organization executives/experts in the field of globalization. The study sample was comprised of administrators at five comprehensive, research-oriented, geographically diverse universities with global academic and research standards, common values, and similarities in organization and management and with five executives/experts at leading global higher education organizations. After data were collected from worldwide university rankings methodologies and qualitative inquiry interviews with administrators and executives/experts, an analysis was done using qualitative coding. The data were triangulated using theory triangulation. The findings that emerged in this study are 1.) International faculty, students and administrators are vital to globalization processes; 2.) Global consciousness should be integrated throughout the institution at all levels; 3.) Brand image and recognition are important aspects of a university's global profile; 4.) International collaboration and cross-border engagement are essential; and 5.) Administrative involvement and support are necessary for successful programs and policies to exist. From this data, a list of indicators of globalization was developed that can assist universities with focusing comprehensive activities, culture and climate toward more useful processes and undertakings by providing a list of indicators of beneficial processes, activities and competencies that can be undertaken that promote globalization at universities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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