TROY chancellor tapped to increase international vision for American universities

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Washington, DC – Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will help universities across the country respond to the challenges of shifting economic realities and an ever-changing global atmosphere.

Dr. Hawkins will serve as one of 12 university chiefs on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness.

The Commission will work to assess and project the impact of global economic, political and technological changes on America’s public universities. The commission will recommend to university chancellors and presidents initiatives that will strengthen the success of their institutions in insuring graduates are globally competitive.

“Our students are now required to compete in a global marketplace that didn’t exist in years past,” Dr. Hawkins said. “We are just beginning to understand the significant challenge this presents for our country.”

Troy University has been long recognized for its innovation and leadership in the field of international education, and conducts degree programs in 12 foreign countries, 15 U.S. states outside of Alabama and across 13 time zones. The University created what is now the nation’s model dual-degree program with its “Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program” with universities in the People’s Republic of China.

Economic realities born of the free flow of capital and labor across national borders, the pre-eminence of multinational corporations, and the rapid expansion of international trade have created a new, and at times difficult, environment for American business, labor and higher education, according to AASCU President Constantine W. Curris. Recurrent data suggest that at most educational levels, the performance of American students no longer matches or exceeds other advanced nations.

“The Commission’s objective is to answer the question ‘how should public colleges and universities respond to global competitiveness to ensure that both our students and our country can meet the challenges as well as seize the opportunities presented by globalization,’” Curris said.

AASCU is the leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities Delivering America’s Promise through their common commitments to access, affordability and educational opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students, these institutions fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their state.
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr.