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Higher Education Trends: Recruitment, Mobility, & Institutional Support

The Global International Student Landscape: Ohio University in Comparative Perspective

April 29, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Baker Center 240/242

The seminar provides a data-driven overview of the global landscape of international student recruitment. A discussion of international student mobility trends in and out of major destination countries including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, and the UK provides context for Ohio University’s recruiting efforts. The seminar highlights key international enrollment trends in the U.S., with a view on the Midwest region and Ohio specifically. Data on international student enrollment at the University is analyzed to highlight key factors that attract international students. One third of the seminar is dedicated to discussion to give participants the opportunity to explore topics and trends that set the stage for strategic international student recruitment efforts at the University.

Serving a Growing International Student Body: Opportunities and Challenges in Infrastructure and Programming

April 29, 2015, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m,, Baker Center 240/242

The underlying growth of international student enrollments over the last decade has created a bifurcated dynamic – more talented students are accessing high quality universities, while at the same time said universities have to be more and more careful in screening and admitting students from large application pools containing many less than qualified students. Selecting the right kind of student by avoiding fraudulent applications, fostering a commitment to academic integrity, and supporting the shifting needs of these students – from language skills training to career advice to mental health services – are key drivers for developing a sustainable international student experience. The seminar moves from the big picture of global talent acquisition to considering the operational realities and objectives of recruiting international students to the University. A focused benchmarking of peer universities offers perspectives on the programs and infrastructure needed to support a growing international student population.

Competing on Cost and Value: The Role of Tuition Fees and Offsets in International Student Recruitment

April 30, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room

In 2014, international higher education spending reached an estimated USD 150-170 billion (ICG), with tuition fees accounting for about one third of this amount. The recruiting success of high-cost universities (e.g., private U.S. or Australian universities) indicates that students are willing to invest a considerable amount in a degree if they believe a university provides value in return. Based on benchmarking research covering more than 150 universities in 20 countries, analysis places the cost of studying at the University in global context. Perspectives are shared on the signaling quality of tuition fees in relation to messages including brand strength, competitive position, academic quality, and potential return on investment. Discussion also assesses the role of offset models (e.g., scholarships and grants, preferred access to services, etc.) used by universities worldwide to attract international students.


Daniel J. Guhr, Ph.D.

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Dr. Guhr has been serving as The Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG)’s Managing Director since 2003. Prior to founding ICG, he worked as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Munich and San Francisco, and as a Director of Business Development with SAP in Silicon Valley. In addition, he served as a research specialist at the Center for Studies of Higher Education at the University of California at Berkeley, and conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Studies in Berlin.

Dr. Guhr holds a D.Phil. in Higher Education and a M.Sc. in Educational Research Methodology from the University of Oxford, as well as a M.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University. He also studied political science at Bonn and Harvard Universities. During his studies, Dr, Guhr was awarded 17 scholarships, fellowships, and grants. His doctoral dissertation on Access to Higher Education in Germany and California was published in the series Studies in Comparative Education. Dr. Guhr has authored more than 40 reports, papers, and studies. He has contributed to more than 100 conference sessions, seminars, and workshops.

Dr. Guhr currently serves on the Provost’s Council of College Eight at the University of California at Santa Cruz; as an Advisory Board member of the Alumni Association of the European Commission’s Knowledge and Innovation Cluster on Climate Change; and as a Commissioner for the City of San Carlos. He is the past President of the Oxford University Society’s San Diego branch. He also served on the Council of Bonn University's Universitätsgesellschaft.

For more information on these seminars, or on the data presented at these events, please contact the Ohio University Office of Global Affairs by email or by calling 740-593-1842