2016 Higher Education Symposium

On 9-10 November 2016, at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, 110 delegates from 11 countries gathered to discuss pathways for IB students to post-secondary education and career opportunities.

For the first time, the Higher Education Symposium featured two distinct strands: one geared toward university admission officers and a new strand on IB student outcomes research. At the two-day event, 33 representatives from IB World Schools, 30 representatives from higher education institutions, and 21 researchers took part in a robust programme.

The programme of keynote speakers, expert panels and networking opportunities was designed to engage and enlighten participants, giving them ample opportunity to ask questions and network. Sessions included:

  • Recognition opportunities, challenges and best practices
  • Diversity in recruiting and advising
  • IB programmes as preparation for university studies
  • Spotlight on Chicago: examining the performance and outcomes of DP graduates
  • Trends in global higher education
  • Reflecting on DP outcomes and future research

Participants from the following countries were also represented: Hong Kong, Spain, Japan, The Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, South Korea and Latvia.

Featured speakers and panelists included:

  • Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar and Director of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions, University of British Columbia
  • Jonathan Burdick, Vice Provost for Enrollment Initiatives and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Rochester
  • Dr. David Conley, President, EdImagine and Professor, University of Oregon
  • Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
  • Dr. Neil Donahue, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Hofstra University
  • Dr. Andrew Ho, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Neagheen Homaifar, Head of Admissions and Financial Aid, The Minerva Schools at KGI
  • Kevin Hudson, Assistant Director for College Opportunity, Princeton University
  • Heather Michael, Staff Developer, The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
  • Dr. James Monk, Head of Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme Development, International Baccalaureate
  • Dr. Therese (Terri) D. Pigott, Dean and Professor, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Anna Saavedra, Research Scientist, University of Southern California Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research
  • Paul Sanders, Head of Global Recognition, International Baccalaureate
  • Jennifer Simons, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Director of International Recruitment, Tufts University
  • Audrey Smith, Vice President for Enrollment, Smith College
  • Dr. Brian Spittle, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, DePaul University
  • Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, Associate Provost for Global Century Education and Director of the Global Engagement Office, University of Montana
  • Karen Phillips, Executive Director, Texas IB Schools (TIBS)
  • Dr. Anthony P. Monaco, President, Professor of Biology, and Professor of Neuroscience, Tufts University
  • Laura C. Wellesley, Global Recognition Manager, International Baccalaureate
  • Dr. John W. Young, Head of Research, International Baccalaureate