Doane hosts Nebraska International Educators state meeting

Doane University hosted the annual Nebraska International Educators state meeting on Thursday, with over 50 members in attendance. International educators and program directors from institutions across the state were present, combining to form one of the largest NIE gatherings in recent history.

As described in its mission, The Nebraska International Educators group promotes the advancement of international education in Nebraska through meeting social, cultural, and educational needs of international education professionals.

Thursday’s NIE meeting included a welcome from Doane University president Jacque Carter, breakout sessions discussing topics ranging from education abroad to intensive English programs, a presentation on the Chinese Education System, and time for updates, announcements, and networking.

Jake Hoy-Elswick, Director of International Programs at Doane, serves as the Private Institutions Representative on the NIE board and helped organize the meeting at Doane.

“These meetings are always an important opportunity to network with colleagues and engage in professional development,” Hoy-Elswick said. “The field of international educators in Nebraska is relatively small compared to other states and it has become essential to network and participate in conference-style sessions that impact the work we do.”

Doane currently has 32 international students (25 in Crete, 7 in Lincoln) but is continually increasing efforts to recruit and enroll more international students in the years to come. Hoy-Elswick says Doane has a strategic plan to increase international enrollment, lower the cost of studying abroad, and to provide new opportunities for faculty to engage globally. “In the next 5-10 years, global engagement will look very different and will provide members of the Doane community opportunities that don’t currently exist,” Hoy-Elswick said.

Three new board members were announced at the meeting and Tracy Falconer (UNK) was welcomed as a new chair, as these individuals will help NIE members continue to serve their colleagues and students throughout the state.