2011 International Conference on Global Advancement of Private Universities & Colleges (GAPUC)

The first annual Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges Conference took place May 27-29, 2011, at Xi'an International University, Xi'an, China.

About the Conference

In the past two to three decades, there have been three forces (of interest) at work in higher education worldwide—the extraordinary expansion of the number and status of private higher education institutions and globalization of higher education. The International Conference on Global Advancement of Private Universities and Colleges is established to explore the opportunities created by the convergence of these two forces. There are many countries new to the private higher education phenomenon, there are many providers new to the business of higher education, and all countries are new to the issues of globalization in higher education. This situation provides a tremendous opportunity for global discourse on issues of the private higher education sector for scholars, managers, and leaders of higher education as well as for government officials whose interest is to ensure excellence in higher education for all their citizens. The conference is sponsored by Xi’an International University, China; Arcadia University, USA; Peking University, China.

Topics of Relevance include but not limited to:

  • The Role of the Private Higher Education Sector
  • Entrepreneurial Higher Education
  • Private Higher Education and Financial Matters
  • Government Role and Interest in Private Higher Education Sector
  • Alliance Between Public and Private Higher Education Sector
  • The Challenge and Prospect of For-Profit Higher Education Providers
  • Quality Assurance in Private Higher Education Sector
  • Globalization and Localization of Private Higher Education
  • Inter-University Cooperation and Consortium
  • Traditional Chinese Culture and Private Higher Education in China
  • Regional Differences and Diversification of Private Institutions
  • Role of Trusteeship

Dr. Nikki Christensen

Vice President, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University


Dr. Steve Michael

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arcadia University

Dr. Michael is a professor of higher education administration with an interest in higher education finance and strategic management issues. His research interest includes the application of business strategies to institutional management, quality assurance, entrepreneurial higher education and global higher education. He has published widely in most of the leading international and national refereed journals in the field of higher education on topics such as diversity in higher education, cost reduction analysis and financial constraints in higher education, presidency and trusteeship, academic program reviews and discontinuation, and marketing of higher education. He is an active presenter at international conferences and a consultant on higher education issues. Dr. Michael was a British/Canadian Commonwealth Scholar and the recipient of the first Sheffield Award for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education. His awards include the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, the Outstanding Faculty Award from Phi Beta Delta, Dean’s Award for professional achievements, and a letter of recognition from the Governor of Alaska. He has directed over 20 doctoral dissertations and theses on topics that include TQM in higher education, financing higher education, internationalization of higher education, and evaluation of college president’s effectiveness. Dr. Michael has served on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Educational Management – the leading international refereed journal on education management; the American Psychology Association’s Journal of Diversity; and once the associate editor of the Journal of Research in Education.


Elizabeth Moy

Executive Director of Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortia for Higher Education (SEPCHE)

Elizabeth (Beth) Moy is Executive Director of the SouthEastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), a collaborative of eight independent colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region. Member institutions include: Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann University and Rosemont College. Within this role, she is responsible for the development and administration of major initiatives within the consortium and serves as a facilitator and liaison to various consortium committees. In addition to overseeing the budget, Beth manages all consortium development efforts and facilitates relationships with community, foundation and government partners. Beth has held positions at Moore College of Art & Design as Academic Planning Consultant and former Director of Development and Capital Campaign Director launching and managing its $15 million capital campaign through its expansion to $30 million. She also brings experience in public policy and legislative advocacy having served as Director of Special Projects and former Director of Constituent Services for Philadelphia City Councilwoman-At-Large Happy Fernandez. Beth has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters degree from the School of Social Administration at Temple University.

Dr. Norman Muir

Dean of the Undergraduate College, Medaille College, USA

Dr. Norman Muir is the undergraduate academic dean at the Buffalo campus of Medaille College. He holds degrees in English from Keene State College (BA), Northeastern University (MA), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (PhD). Over the last two years, he has been privileged to lead the College's strategic Cross-Border Medaille initiative and help develop educational partnerships with universities in China, Taiwan, and Korea.


Leslie Davidson

Dean of the College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, USA

Leslie Davidson serves as the dean of the college at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In this role, she provides strategic leadership for admission, financial aid, student affairs, and institutional advancement. Under her leadership, the college has enrolled the largest, strongest, and most diverse classes in its history and improved efforts to support a more diverse student body. Her current priorities include evolving the enrollment strategy to adapt to a changing external environment, internationalizing the student body, and increasing the resources available to support strategic initiatives, including diversity and internationalization, civic engagement, and new academic programs. Previously she served as dean of student affairs and as dean of admission and student affairs and has taught in the general education curriculum. She has a B.A. from Denison University and an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.

Anne O’Dwyer, Ph.D.

Dean of Academic Affairs, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, USA

Anne O'Dwyer is the dean of academic affairs at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She began her transition into higher education administration at Simon's Rock while on the faculty, serving as Head of the Division of Social Studies, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and Faculty Lead on the College's re-accreditation. She subsequently transitioned into administration, first as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and then serving as Dean of Academic Affairs since July 2010. Her focus as an administrator has been on student retention, assessment and the development of new academic programs and initiatives. She was a professor of Psychology at the college for over ten years. Her research interests include the consequences of interpersonal and intergroup conflict on individuals' sense of self and identity; most recently, she has been exploring the sociocognitive bases of anger. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Boston College in 1996 and began her tenure at Simon's Rock shortly after.


Dr. Leanne Owen

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Criminal Justice, Holy Family University, USA

Dr. Leanne Owen is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Criminal Justice in the School of Arts and Sciences at Holy Family University in Philadelphia. Since 2008, she has served as chair of Holy Family’s institutional MSCHE self-study re-accreditation committee. She earned her doctorate in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2004 and her research interests include prosecutorial discretion and juvenile delinquency.


Dr. Andy Pusca

Vice-Rector, Associate Professor, Danubius University of Galati, Romania

Young and modern academic teacher and researcher, Mister Andy Puşcă became a teacher right after graduating, in 1999. He has never wanted a career other than that of being a teacher, as his father, although he was also intrigued by the diplomacy. He worked as a lawyer and was a member of the Bucharest Bar for a short period of time. In 2002, he returned to his first passion, that of being a teacher. Mister Andy Puşcă has taught at many educational institutions (Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Police Academy - Bucharest, Faculty of Law, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romanian National Institute of Magistracy). His father being a university professor, Andy Puşcă grew up in this environment. In deciding upon his career, the experience gained in college helped him also. It was there that he discovered, in his teachers, his true models for his career as an academic. The modern teacher is a complex man: an open-minded person, a good teacher, a partner for students. He’s been working since 2008 at one of the most important private universities in Romania, namely, "Danubius" University of Galati, where he holds a leading position (i.e. Vice Rector).
Danubius University trains specialists, researchers and leaders through teaching and research at a high level of excellence and is involved with responsibility in the progress of the global society. The vision of Andy Puşcă is that Danubius University will be a world class university in terms of quality modern education. Through everything he does in his capacity of Vice-Rector, by what he thinks and feels, he wants to promote the new/modern type of teachers and students.
In order to realize the academic research, Andy Puşcă is also in charge with the institutional relations between Danubius University and prestigious universities from Europe and other continents, like: Poland (Adam Mickiewicz University, Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw), France (Jean Monnet University from Saint-Etienne), Ukraine, Iceland (Reykjavik University), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Bulgaria, Turkey (Karabuk University, Kadir Has University), Chile (Mayor University), Czech Republic (Westmoravian College Trebic) and Italy (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore).

Father Roderick C. Salazar Jr., SVD

Trustee of Center for Educational Measurement (CEM), Philippines

Roderick C. Salazar, Jr. SVD is a member of the Catholic missionary congregation, Society of the Divine Word. Since ordination to the priesthood in 1974, he has worked at the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City, Philippines, in various administrative and academic capacities, including the university presidency for four 3-year terms. For 16 years, he was president of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), the national organization of Catholic schools, colleges, and universities in the country. During the same period he thrice chaired the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA). He has served in various national education committees and advisory groups in collaboration with the government’s Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education. Currently on sabbatical from the University of San Carlos, he is the regional secretary for Asia of the Office International de l’Enseignement Catholique (OIEC), and the Executive Secretary of the Office of Education and Faith Formation of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC-OEFF).


Dr. Leonard G. Soroka

Dean of the School of Education at Holy Family University

Dr. Leonard G. Soroka is the Dean of the School of Education at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a former professor and Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. He is past President of the Minnesota Academy of Science, former President of the Minnesota University Faculty Association. He is the recipient of several awards including the Minnesota Science Teacher of the Year award and the Minnesota Governors Commendation. He has been a middle school science teacher, a chair of the School District of Philadelphia’s Campaign for Human Capital and the Diversity Campaign and a founding board member of the Franklin Towne Charter High School. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Academy Charter Schools in Philadelphia. He has been awarded principal investigator of numerous grants and contracts to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers. Recent projects include a Teacher Quality Enhancement grant through the U.S. Department of Education, a FIPSE grant, a Wachovia grant, Verizon technology grants and numerous Eisenhower Science and Mathematics grants. He has published numerous articles and chapters dealing with topics in science education, science curriculum, educational partnerships, professional development schools and geology. Dr. Soroka received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University, a master’s degree from West Chester University, and doctorate in Earth Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University.


Dr. Douglas Yates

Associate Professor, Director of Research, American Graduate School in Paris, France

Dr. Douglas Andrew Yates was born in Hollywood, California. After secondary studies at The Buckley School, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Law and Society at the University of California at Santa Barbara. After working for Finley, Kumble, Wagner law firm in Beverly Hills, he was admitted on a fellowship grant to the department of political science at Boston University, where he received his master's and doctorate. His dissertation on the political economy of oil in sub-Saharan Africa was published as The Rentier State in Africa: Oil-Rent Dependency and Neo-colonialism in the Republic of Gabon (Trenton/Asmara: Africa World Press, 1996). This work was later used by the Catholic Relief Services to develop its African Extractive Industries Initiative. Yates is a frequent contributor to West Africa magazine, a London-based news weekly covering France's highly controversial African policy.
Upon moving to France, Professor Yates started teaching in the French university system, eventually joining the faculty of the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, where he is the research methodology advisor, helping graduate students through their master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

While everyone interested in higher education is invited to this conference, the following are particularly encouraged to attend:

  • University presidents from private higher education sectorUniversity provosts and vice presidents for academic affairs
  • Deans and department chairs
  • University administrators and staff
  • Higher education administration professors
  • Higher education administration students
  • Government officials from ministries of education
  • Non-profit organization leaders interested in private higher education sector
  • Accreditation agency leaders

The following are only example of institutions participating or represented at the Conference:

  • Arcadia University, USA
  • American Graduate School, France
  • Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • Aventis, Singapore
  • Danubius University, Romania
  • Moscow State University, Russia
  • Peking University, China
  • Voronezh State University, Russia
  • Xi’an International University, China

Interested participants are invited to submit their papers for review and consideration for presentation at the International Conference on Global Advancement of Private Universities and Colleges (GAPUC). Presentations of interest are of three kinds: Research-based, Reflective and Panel presentations.


Guidelines for Submission

  • Research-based papers will be judged on the merit of relevance to the theme of the conference, methodological soundness, and appropriateness and usefulness of conclusions generated.
  • Reflective papers will be judged on the merit of relevance to the theme, the weight of the argument advanced, the insight generated, and the applicability and usefulness of recommendations provided.
  • All papers should be limited to 3,800 words or 15 pages (average of 250 words per page) of text including tables, graphs, and bibliographies.
  • All papers must be submitted electronically by April 25, 2011. Refereed conference proceedings will be distributed at the conference. Therefore, compliance to dates and guidelines for submission is critical for inclusion.
  • Participants should submit a short abstract (not more than two paragraphs) of their paper on or before April 10, 2011. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified within a month of their submission.


Abstract Submissions

All abstract must be submitted electronically. There are two ways to submit your abstract:

  • Use the Conference Registration Form. Submit your abstract along with your registration.
  • Via E-mail.


The Conference runs from Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, 2011. Registration fee includes internet service, airport pick-up, breakfast, lunch, dinner during the conference and one sightseeing tour. Payment is due at time of registration by credit card. Register before March 28, 2011 for discount pricing. Students must have a valid I.D.

Accommodation Reservation:

Accommodations will be reserved at the Zhangbagou Guesthouse in Xi'an. Please indicate your choice of accommodations when registering. The cost of accommodations will be billed separately. For questions about accommodations, please e-mail Professor Ruiqing Du at duruiqing@xaiu.edu.cn

Cancellation/Change Policy:

Any cancellation or change must be received and confirmed by the Conference Secretariat (gapuc@arcadia.edu) in official written notice via letter, fax or e-mail before April 15, 2011 for 70% refund of total payment. No refund will be granted after this date or for no-shows. The refund will be processed one month after the symposium less the applicable taxes and bank handling charges.

Letter of Invitation

Those seeking a letter of invitation for visa purposes should provide the following information. Those travelling with spouses or family members should provide separate information for each traveler. E-mail your information to: gapuc@arcadia.edu.

  • Full Name (as it appears on passport)
  • Address
  • Citizenship
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Expiration Date
  • Arrival Date in China
  • Departure Date from China


  • Conference Attendee (March 28, 2011 or before): $345 USD
  • Presenter (March 28, 2011 or before): $295 USD
  • Student (March 28, 2011 or before): $145 USD
  • Conference Attendee (after March 28, 2011): $395 USD
  • Presenter (after March 28, 2011): $345 USD
  • Student (after March 28, 2011): $195 USD

Conference Location

This conference will take place at Xi'an International University in the famous city of Xi’an.

Xi’an, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country just like a living history book. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, Xi’an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization in the Yellow River Basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, Xi’an has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed Xi’an with an amazing historical heritage. Tourists marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in and around the city. Known as the leading city of China's Western Development Drive Program since 1990s, Xi’an is an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, providing visitors with modern and convenient facilities.

Booking Travel to Xi'an

We recommend flying in to Beijing and then taking a regional flight to Xi'an (XIY). Transportation for attendees will be provided free of charge from the airport to the hotel.


Accommodation will be provided at Zhangbagou Guesthouse.

  • Standard Room with 2 Beds: $60 USD/night
  • Standard Room with King/Queen-size Bed: $75 USD/night
  • Two-Room Suite: $230 USD/night
  • Three-Room Suite: $275 USD/night

Association Board

AGAUC is an association of institutional members across the globe.  The Association Board organizes election of the association leaders, develops and approves association’s constitutions, and provides oversight over the affairs of the association. 



Dr. Steve O. Michael

First Vice President

Dr. Andy Pusca

Second Vice President

Dr. Sergey Zapragaev