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UDC Provost Ken Bain Invited to Address European Union Commission

Special EU Commission on Modernization of Higher Education Systems to tap expertise of an American leader in teaching excellence and student learning.

Washington, DC – Dr. Ken Bain, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UDC, is the only American invited to address the members of a special, High Level Group of the European Commission that will meet in Brussels on February 7, 2013.  The meeting is part of an on-going initiative launched to examine and support the reform and modernization of higher education systems in the different EU Member States. 

“I’m honored to be invited,” Bain noted, “but even more important, it will bring us into an important international conversation at a time when we are transforming ourselves at UDC.”

The High Level Group is chaired by Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland, and includes seven other representatives from Norway, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, and Greece.  It seeks to transform and improve universities across Europe.

Dr. Bain has been invited, as a renowned expert on higher education teaching, to provide an “out of the box” view on the topic and based on his expertise garnered through 40 years of experience as a historian, professor, provost, speaker, writer, and lecturer at over 300 universities.  In addition, he has founded and directed four major teaching and learning centers: The New York University Center for Teaching Excellence, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University. 

His seminal book, What the Best College Teachers Do (2004), is considered required reading for those who aspire to be the best in the profession.  His most recent work, What the Best College Students Do, was published by Harvard University Press in 2012.  Both books have been awarded the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society. 

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