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Conversation: A Defense of Higher Education. Campus chiefs on college and its discontents.

After a post Vietnam period of quiescence on campuses, American higher education is suddenly awash in controversies about its cost, values, relevance, racial climate, responses to sexual harassment, and tolerance of free speech and unpopular ideas. College presidents, once revered and respected shapers of public opinion, now are perceived mainly as fundraisers, firefighters and managers of bloated bureaucracies, not as scholars and civic leaders. Still it is a vital, difficult job held by a score of Princeton alumni. The Princeton Alumni Weekly gathered five from such diverse institutions as the University of Michigan, Tufts, Cleveland State, Humboldt State and Northampton Community College for a wide ranging conversation moderated by Christopher Connell.

Teaching for America: Young alumni provide a lifeline for poor schools -- and get a lesson in humility

The idea for Teach for America grew out of a senior thesis written by an idealistic Princeton University undergraduate, Wendy Kopp, in 1989. A quarter century later, her nonprofit organization recruits thousands of top graduates each year and dispatches them after several weeks of training to struggling inner-city and rural schools. It is a daunting challenge even for those with a natural gift for teaching. This 2009 cover story for the Princeton Alumni Weekly followed four such recruits during their baptism by fire in schools in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.


Ethiopians put down roots in Washington to build their largest U.S. community (August 2015)

Connell has written numerous features for U.S. State Department publications (print and online) exploring and explaining U.S. life, politics and culture to international audiences. ShareAmerica ran the latest on how greater Washington became home to what is believed to be the world's largest Ethiopian population outside Addis Ababa. Visit Share.America.gov and the legacy America.gov websites for more.

Exploring the Links Between Education and the Workforce.

Connell has written articles and reports for the ACT Foundation and for the Hechinger Report, the nonprofit education news publisher based at Teachers College, Columbia University, on the movement to strengthen the links between schools and colleges and careers that provide living wages and opportunities for advancement. The Washington Post ran this article, Jobless dropouts head back to school for basic skills, on an innovative training program in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jobless dropouts head back to school for basic skills.

NBC News ran this story on apprenticeships that afford trainees opportunities to earn college degrees, from a program for iron workers in Tacoma, Washington, to the celebrated Apprentice School at the Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia.

Economic reality marries age old idea of apprenticeships with college.

Here are links to other Connell articles for the Hechinger Report

Hechinger Report stories on efforts to boost student success in college and careers.

Connell served as rapporteur for an Austin, Texas, conference where the ACT Foundation launched its work to unite educators and business leaders behind a push for better links between schools and jobs in what the Foundation calls the National Learning Economy.

The Journey Begins. The ACT Foundation First Steps Toward A National Learning Economy.


  • Internationalizing the Campus

    Each fall NAFSA: Association of International Educators publishes Internationalizing the Campus featuring the winners of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, presented each year since 2003 by NAFSA The Association of International Educators. Christopher Connell has visited and profiled all 64 winners of the principal Simon Award, from community colleges to celebrated research universities, a true cross section of academe. He has also written shorter articles on nearly 50 other campuses singled out for exemplary programs and practices. The winners are selected in a competition each winter and the report is published during International Education Week each November. Together these reports explain why international enrollments have reached record numbers and why more American students than ever are studying abroad. Connell is also the photographer for the report.

    Internationalizing the Campus 2015
    Simon Award Winners:
    Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts
    North Central College, Illinois
    University of Delaware
    University of San Diego, California
    University of Virginia
    Exemplary programs: Rice University; Virginia Commonwealth University and Wake Forest University
    Internationalizing the Campus 2014
    Simon Award Winners:
    Columbus State University, Georgia
    North Carolina State University
    Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
    Ohio State University
    Exemplary programs: Albion College; George Mason University and University of Texas at Austin
    Internationalizing the Campus 2013
    Simon Award Winners:
    Colorado State University
    Green River Community College, Washington
    Lone Star College System, Texas
    St. Cloud State University, Minnesota
    University of South Florida
    Exemplary programs: Fairfield University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northwestern University
    Internationalizing the Campus 2012
    Simon Award Winners:
    College of Saint Benedict/Saint John�s University, Minn.
    Juniata College, Pennsylvania
    Northern Arizona University
    San Francisco State University, California
    University of Michigan
    Exemplary programs: Providence College; University of Arizona and Washington and Jefferson College
    Internationalizing the Campus 2011
    Simon Award Winners:
    Beloit College, Wisconsin
    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
    Kennesaw State University, Georgia
    Macalester College, Minnesota
    New York University
    Exemplary programs: Barnard College; University of rhode Island and University of San Diego
    Internationalizing the Campus 2010
    Simon Award Winners:
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York
    Loyola University Maryland
    Northeastern University, Massachusetts
    University of San Francisco, California
    Exemplary programs: Borough of Manhattan Community College; College of the Atlantic; La Roche College
    Internationalizing the Campus 2009
    Simon Award Winners:
    Boston University, Massachusetts
    Connecticut College, Connecticut
    Pacific Lutheran University, Washington
    Portland State University, Oregon
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    Exemplary programs: Berklee College of Music; Fairleigh Dickinson University; University of California, Davis
    Internationalizing the Campus 2008
    Simon Award Winners:
    Goucher College, Connecticut
    Nebraska Wesleyan University
    Pittsburg State University, Kansas
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Valparaiso University, Indiana
    Exemplary programs: Colorado State University; Miami Dade College; Webster University
    Internationalizing the Campus 2007
    Simon Award Winners:
    Calvin College, Michigan
    Elon University, North Carolina
    Georgia Tech University, Georgia
    University of Oklahoma
    Exemplary programs: Shoreline Community College, Washington; Valparaiso University
    Internationalizing the Campus 2006
    Simon Award Winners:
    Arcadia University, Pennsylvania
    Concordia College, Minnesota
    Earlham College, Indiana
    Michigan State University
    Purdue University, Indiana
    Exemplary programs: Babson College; Old Dominion University; University of Richmond
    Internationalizing the Campus 2005
    Simon Award Winners: Colby College
    Colgate University
    Howard Community College (MD)
    University of Kansas
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Exemplary programs: Columbus State Community College (OH); El Camino College (CA); University of Denver
    Internationalizing the Campus 2004
    Simon Award Winners: Bellevue Community College (WA)
    Binghamton University, SUNY
    Duke University
    St. Norbert College (WI)
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Exemplary programs: Juniata College; Lynn University; Missouri Southern State University; Suffolk University; University of Delaware; University of Florida; University of Notre Dame; University of Oregon
    Internationalizing the Campus 2003
    Top Honors: Community College of Philadelphia
    Dickinson College
    Eastern Mennonite University
    Indiana University, Bloomington
    San Diego State University
    Yale University
    Exemplary programs: Duke University; Kalamazoo College; Kapi'olani Community College; Middlebury College; Montclair State University; Randolph Macon Woman's College; St. Olaf College; Tufts University; University of Pittsburgh; Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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    International Educator magazine

    My work appears regularly in International Educator, the bimonthly NAFSA magazine. Among recent assignments:


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