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2020 Virtual Conference Session: Differentiating the Global Graduate Education Experience

May 6 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Differentiating the Global Graduate Education Experience” presented by Erin McLaughlin, Cabrini University and Mary Van Brunt, Gwynedd Mercy University

The Higher Education market in the Philadelphia area is saturated with 46 four-year colleges/universities within a 30 mile radius. National trends have shown a 13% drop in birth rates as well as undergraduate college enrollment declining for the 8th consecutive year. This challenging environment has forced many universities to strategically focus on ways to increase graduate enrollment. Research has shown that experiential learning such as study abroad and professional certification programs are both high impact practices as well as a way to differentiate programs. Cabrini University has developed a Master in International Business program with both study abroad and the Certified Global Business Professional embedded into the curriculum. Gwynedd Mercy University has taken a slightly different approach by developing an International Business concentration that embeds the Certified Global Business Professional as part of the MBA program. This presentation will discuss the constraints associated with growing enrollment in Higher Education and how these two programs are on the forefront of best practices for incorporating high impact practices and differentiating their graduate programs to increase enrollment.

Erin McLaughlin, PhD is a Professor of Business at Cabrini University. She is a certified member of the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Global Business Professionals. Her areas of interest focus on international corruption, economic development, and international culture. By incorporating her research into coursework, McLaughlin inspires students to think beyond the “bottom line”. She provides students with real-life examples to better understand the economic issues and their implications. This can be seen in coursework that includes advocating on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia and Swaziland to start a craft business by developing a social business strategy.

Mary H. Van Brunt, PhD has been the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gwynedd Mercy University since July 2018. Prior to joining GMercyU, she served as the founding Dean of the School of Business, Arts and Media, as well as a Professor of Economics and International Finance at Cabrini University since 2001. While at Cabrini, Mary was a leader in global education in the areas of: study abroad tours; international partnership development; internationalization of business curriculum and program growth; and the development of the Center for Global Learning that launched in September 2017. Before her higher education career, Mary spent more than a decade in corporate finance and accounting. This included time spent in the banking industry in the areas of consumer and commercial lending, with a special focus in real estate lending and analysis. She also worked as a senior accountant in the pharmaceutical and securities industries. She earned her BA in Economics from Ursinus College, her MBA in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University and her PhD in Economics with a concentration in International Finance from Lehigh University.

TRACK: International Education




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