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A Primer on U.S. Higher Education - (WS14)

Monday, May 29
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LACC, Room 410

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

Designed for international educators who are fairly new to the field, this overview of U.S. higher education describes the system's history, structure, governance, institutions, students, quality assurance, and funding strategies. Learn about degrees, the credit system, grading, admission processes, and how to use this information to better advise students or build strong partnerships.

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Linda Tobash

International Education Specialist

Linda Tobash, with over 30 years’ experience in international education, is a frequent presenter on the U.S. higher education system, attracting students (both international to the U.S. and U.S. to international destinations), developing institutional partnerships, and building higher education capacity. Linda served as the 2018 NAFSA Leadership Development Committee Chair and is currently serving as Secretary for Region X. Most recently she was Senior Director of Policy, Knowledge and Data at World Education Services (WES) and previously served as Director of University Placement Services at the Institute of International Education, responsible for overseeing the placement of sponsored international graduate and undergraduate students from nearly 130 countries in U.S. and select world-wide colleges and universities. She also worked in the City University of New York, 10 years as director of admissions at LaGuardia Community College. She has been an intercultural communication and English as a Second Language adjunct lecturer at the New School University, New York University, Columbia University, and Teachers College and served as an Assistant Director of LaGuardia Community College’s English Language Center.

Linda is active in a number of professional organizations. She currently serves on the Conference Planning Committee for TAICEP (The Association of International Credential Evaluation Professionals) and is a board member of Friends of Korea (a non-profit organization begun by returned Peace Corps volunteers to promote mutual understanding). Previously active in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), she was a board member and also chaired its professional development and sociopolitical concerns committees. For NAFSA, in addition to the NAFSA Leadership Development Committee, Linda served on its Bologna Process Task Force I and II, Education and Training Committee, and the Trainer Corps. Ms. Tobash holds a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.


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Gregg R. Glover

Assoc. Director/Asst. Professor
Emerson College

Gregg Glover has served in administrative and academic roles in higher education for over 25 years, as an admissions director, instructor, researcher, and international educator, most of it at Harvard University. He is a specialist in international recruitment/scholar exchange, and faculty/student services, and has lectured on the American education system, global education, leadership, and the selective admissions process across the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Gregg completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently serving as Associate Director of Major Gifts at Emerson College, and visiting assistant professor at Salem State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in organizational behavior, leadership and governance, and current issues in student affairs, and lectures each spring as a visiting faculty member at the Burgandy School of Business in Dijon, France. He continues to serve an academic advisor to Harvard students in Lowell House, one of Harvard’s undergraduate residential communities.


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Adria L. Baker

Associate Vice Provost for International Education
Rice University Office of International Students & Scholars

Adria L. Baker, Associate Vice Provost for International Education, Offices of International Students & Scholars and Brasil@Rice at Rice University, is also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Ambassador. She participated in the 2013 Fulbright Korean International Education Administrators program. She has held national and regional leadership positions in international education including: 1) Texas State Whip 2) Mayor's Task Force for International Visitors 3) Texas Governor's Infrastructure Council 4) led Committee for a Texas International Education Policy 5) chaired NAFSA Region III 6) Regional Affairs Committee 7) on Local Arrangments Team (LAT) for NAFSA's conference in Houston 8) co-chaired the Pre-registration Committee 9) Fulbright selection committee. Baker has presented many sessions at the national, regional, and local level, and has written several articles on international education. Her passion is helping new international educators get involved in the field, as well as encouraging their involvement in advocacy for international education echange. She won the inaugural service awards: 1) KCISS for IE Excellence 2) Advocate of the Year, and 3) Region III Advocacy Day travel grant namesake. She led Rice in the nomination for the Simon Campus Internationalization Award 2015, where they won for their Brazilian initiatives.


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