From October 9 – 22, 2011, A.C.E. had the pleasure of hosting 18 top-level Russian university administrators for its seminar entitled “US Higher Education: Instruction, Academic Programs, and Management.” The 18 delegates included vice provosts, deans, vice-deans, and department heads from two leading Russian public universities – National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow and Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok.
Dr. Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, Senior Advisor for Russia and Ukraine, coordinated the project. The project was a resounding success and provided the opportunity for productive and meaningful dialogue between the visiting administrators and representatives from six public and private universities in Washington and Oregon. As Russia goes through a serious reconstruction in its higher education system, the delegates were interested in meaningful and successful models that have been incorporated into the US higher education system. The seminar included visits to the following institutions:
- University of Washington in Seattle
- University of Washington in Tacoma
- Seattle Pacific University
- Seattle University
- Antioch University
- University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon
In addition to looking at the overall structure and organization of US universities, the seminar covered the following topics: the design and implementation of new academic programs; faculty involvement in planning, promotion and tenure issues; as well as a variety of issues that universities deal with such as program budgeting, diversity, institutional scholarly support, etc. The group also had the opportunity to visit other sites of interest in the area such as the main campus of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.