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Global Connections

Educators from Netherlands visit Colorado State programs

December 15, 2011

A dozen educators from Dutch universities, including the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences visited CSU this week to learn about the philosophy and significance of The Institute for Teaching and Learning among other university programs.

The sponsoring organization, ECHO, is concerned with access, retention and graduation of underrepresented students.

Similar issues with underrepresented students

In the Netherlands, underrepresented student populations most often include immigrant populations, especially those from Morocco, Turkey, Surinam and the former Dutch Antilles.

“Although the histories of our two countries differ, challenges related to the inclusion of underrepresented populations in higher education are critical to national economic and social health,” said Paul Thayer, director of Retention at CSU.

The director of ECHO, Mary Tupan, led the delegation. In addition to meeting with university leadership, the visitors learned about CSU’s Key Communities, Commitment to Colorado, access-oriented scholarship programs and initiatives that enhance academic support.

'Learning from the best'

The group arrived in Denver Dec. 10 and will spend time in the Denver area exploring a variety of K-12 and higher education issues. Their schedule listed their visit to CSU as “Learning from the best: Colorado State University, an integrated strategy of policy and practice to increasing successful education.”

“We presented what we’ve learned through recent years in implementing plans and strategies focusing on access, diversity and student success,” Thayer said.

More information about ECHO