Biography

Allison Witt is the Director of International Programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she teaches Global Studies in Education and is the Program Leader for the International Education Administration and Leadership program. Allison is a former Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education where she contributed to state higher education policy in Illinois. She is the author of Shifting Tides in Global Higher Education (2011) published by Peter Lang. Allison earned a PhD in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in international education for over 20 years, now with particular interest in internationalizing teacher education.

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Courses

Costa Rica Study Abroad This course will serve as a foundation for your education abroad experience. The class will center on the experience of travel as it relates to education - your own education, the education systems and policies you encounter, as well as your prospective role as a future educator. This course will introduce comparative education inquiry and provide space to consider the cultural, political, and ethical implications of engaging in education travel and research in cross-cultural, global contexts. Course Information: 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. 0 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated if topics vary.

Education Abroad This course will serve as a foundation for your education abroad experience. The class will center on the experience of travel as it relates to education - your own education, the education systems and policies you encounter, as well as your prospective role as a future educator. This course will introduce comparative education inquiry and provide space to consider the cultural, political, and ethical implications of engaging in education travel and research in cross-cultural, global contexts. Course Information: 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. 0 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated if topics vary.

Hong Kong Study Abroad This course will serve as a foundation for your education abroad experience. The class will center on the experience of travel as it relates to education - your own education, the education systems and policies you encounter, as well as your prospective role as a future educator. This course will introduce comparative education inquiry and provide space to consider the cultural, political, and ethical implications of engaging in education travel and research in cross-cultural, global contexts. Course Information: 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. 0 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated if topics vary.

Independent Study Offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term. Course Information: 1 to 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated with approval.

Austrailia Study Abroad Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Specific sections approved for S/U grading.

France Study Abroad Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Specific sections approved for S/U grading.

Hong Kong Study Tour Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Specific sections approved for S/U grading.

Indonesia Study Abroad Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Specific sections approved for S/U grading.

Spain Study Abroad Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Specific sections approved for S/U grading.

Globalization of Higher Ed This course will focus on the rapid changes happening in the Higher Education around the world. Using case studies, we will examine a variety of issues that have come about as the Higher Education system responds to rapid changes in the global economy. These include issues of access and equity; accountability; finance; privatization and for-profit institutions; curricular responses to the changing realities of knowledge and knowledge production; and issues of internationalization within these changing contexts. We will also look at future trends in higher education within the US and internationally.

Researching Global Education The course will introduce education research methodology and consider the cultural, political and ethical implications of engaging in education research in cross-cultural, global contexts. Students will learn to select an appropriate topic for research, effectively navigate and use an academic research library, conduct a literature review, and craft a literature review portion of a larger research project. Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit.

Independent Study Offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term. Course Information: May be repeated with approval. Prerequisite: Approval of study outline by adviser and the department chairman prior to enrollment.

Indonesia Study Abroad Offers opportunity and challenge of self-directive, independent study; develops the individual's ability as an independent student and enables the student to pursue needed study in a field in which appropriate courses are not being offered during a given term. Course Information: May be repeated with approval. Prerequisite: Approval of study outline by adviser and the department chairman prior to enrollment.

Allison Witt

Director, Office of International Programs, Education Administration

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363 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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