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Reflective Essays

Vol. 18 No. 1

Global Expansion Among U.S. Universities: The Imperative to Examine Our Motives

  • Gretchen L. Birbeck
March 31, 2014


The growing enthusiasm for international engagement among U.S. universities reflects the great potential gains that participation offers to both U.S. and international partners. To ensure that the benefits of such partnerships are achieved, potential participants must carefully examine and explicitly discuss their personal and institutional motivations for involvement in global research, education, and development programs. Failure to make this crucial self-assessment places such endeavors at risk of unintended negative consequences and ultimate failure.