To enrich their understanding of the structure of higher education in California, the scholars also visited Compton Community College, Chapman University, and California State University, Fullerton.
In June 2018, Arum, along with Associate Professors of Education Drew Bailey and Susanne Jaeggi, traveled to BNU for a Joint Symposium on Learning, Memory, and Development. There, Arum delivered a lecture entitled, "Improving Undergraduate Learning: Recent U.S. Research and Initiatives."
“We look forward to returning to Beijing in 2020, to learning more about the country’s educational system, and to conducting research that can benefit both nations,” Arum said.
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Group 1, mentored by School of Education Assistant Professor Nia Dowell, focused on the emotion and development of college students. Team members were Di Zhang, Cuicui Liu, Xia Su, Na Li, and Yijuan Liu. Presentation topics included:
"I found mentoring these students to be extremely rewarding," Dowell said. "I was very impressed with the quality of their research plans, and the significant cross-cultural practical applications associated with each of their chosen topics."
Group 2, mentored by School of Education Associate Professor Hosun Kang, focused on the development and organizational influence of teachers in higher education. Team members were Wenjie Wang, Xuerong Fan, Kai Wang, and Dexin Yang. Presentations topics included:
"I was impressed about our team’s collegiality, support, and professionalism," Kang said. "They are all asking very important questions deeply grounded in their own experiences. I commend the progress that they made during such a short period of time."
Group 3, mentored by School of Education Assistant Professor of Teaching Fernando Rodriguez, focus on university teaching and assessment of quality training. Team members were Bolian Men, Fujuan Wang, and Xi Zhang. Topics included:
"I really learned a lot from listening to my mentee’s perspectives about their research area," Rodriguez said. "They had valuable ideas about teaching and learning that I never fully considered. It was truly an honor to be part of this wonderful program."
Group 4 was mentored by Professor of Education Mark Warschauer. Team members were Zhiqiang Li, Qingsong Xie, Fang Xue, Ling Fan, and Hongliang Wang. All five of the members focused on an exploration of the educational system under culture, policy, and power. Their presentation was titled "The 'Double First-Class' Project in China: Political, Economic, and Cultural Perspectives."
"This was a wonderful opportunity to get to know doctoral students from China's premier educational research university and exchange ideas on the study of higher education," said Dr. Warschauer. "It was a great learning experience for all involved on both sides."