Doctoral students from Beijing Normal University, the leading education institution in China, traveled to UCI's School of Education to participate in a week of focused research exploring administrative dimensions of U.S. higher education.
The BNU students met with educators and administrators and examined documents at UC Irvine; Cal State University, Fullerton; Chapman University; and Compton Community College. The students were mentored in one of four groups by UCI professors Mark Warschuaer, Gilberto Conchas, Rachel Baker, and Di Xu.
On Friday, November 10, the BNU students presented their findings from their research during a day-long colloquia at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa.
Group 1: Quanmin Zhang, Lixin Ning, Zhenhua Li, and Jingjie Wang
Group 1 Topic - System and Aspirations：A Study on the Requirements of American higher Education Enrollment System for Selective Courses of High School Students
Abstract: China's higher education entrance system is simply designed, which leads to the lack of diversity and selectivity of curriculum design in high schools. This research explored how the American higher education enrollment system impacts the selection of courses of high school students. Research included interviews and data and artifacts collection.
UCI Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Rachel Baker
Group 2: Yingying Xie, Feng Guo, Dan Wang, Hongxia, Qin
Group 2 Topic - Governance of Faculty: The Case Study on an American Public University Faculty
Abstract: Our research explored in which areas the faculty in American public universities participate in institutional governance, and the channels and extent for their participation. We found that the faculty mainly participates in the institutional governance of teaching (such as curriculum), research (such as scientific research project evaluation), and services (such as architectural planning) through academic committees and other channels, but that their participation can be challenged.
UCI Mentor: Professor Gilberto Q. Conchas
Group 3: Zhuo An, Tiejun Liu, Zhenlong Ma, Shuyan Lyu, and Junyong Zha
Group 3 Topic - Assessing Student Learning Outcome Assessment: A Case Study of University of California Irvine
Abstract: Student learning outcome is one of the most important components of higher education assessments. We studied the stakeholders’ perspectives on the student learning outcomes assessment, the approaches to assess students learning outcomes in different types of universities, and particularly the learning outcomes assessment pattern of UCI.
UCI Mentor: Professor Mark Warschauer
Group 4: Yinghong Sun, Xianzi Zhao, Dianfu Wang, and Zhenzhong Hu
Group 4 Topic - Student Affairs Enhancing Academic Success for Disadvantaged Groups: A Case Study on the Universities in California
Abstract: Students’ academic success is the core of the quality improvement of higher education institutions. The disadvantaged groups from low income and limited education families are facing more difficulties in academic achievement because of lack of social capital and resources. This research explored the services offered by student affairs divisions to improve students’ academic success.
UCI Mentor: Assistant Professor Di Xu
The BNU-UCI Exchange was coordinated by Dr. Zhiyoung Zhu, Dean Richard Arum, and Assistant Professor Di Xu.