Letter to the Field

Founding of CIHE

Founding of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College.

Emergence of the field

Ford Foundation support in the early years of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE).​

Nothing beyond Beethoven

“My view generally speaking is that any composer post Ludvig van Beethoven is not interesting, and I would not listen to it voluntarily.” – Phil

Build a culture of curiosity

“I have a lot of ideas, and, many of them, I push, and the only small percentage of that is happening, but it is much better to do that than having just one or two ideas in your life and, even if you’re not always successful or too limited in your approach.” – Hans

Speak to a broader audience

“I’ve always thought that was very important to engage with a broader higher ed audience and if possible, even in broader general audience around something which I think I knew about, which is higher education.” – Phil

Offer a different point of view

“I think right now I would just offer a vision of hope because I think it’s easy not to have it right now.” – Gerardo

Get real

“I also think there are other stakeholders for higher education that we’re not even considering yet. Think that’s going to be kind of a next level set of considerations to have for the future.” – Gerardo

Take a chance on technology

In the early days of the internet, I mean the very early days, one of my doc students came to me and said, ‘Hey, Phil, we should put this on the internet and have a website.’ – Phil