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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
By Timothy Renick

Closing the Achievement Gap
With Technology
he did not meet our
president or provost. There was no pomp and circumstance, no ceremony. This was a business trip.
WHEN BILL GATES VISITED GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY IN 2017,

Fortune led the charge in persuading our somewhat
camera-shy guest to pose for the requisite selfie.
A few years ago, it would have been inconceivable
that Bill Gates-or anyone else, for that matter-would
invite himself to our campus to learn from what we are
doing to support students. When I became director of
Georgia State's student success programs 10 years ago,
our graduation rates were far too low, and there were
significant achievement gaps between students based on
race, ethnicity, and income level.
Our freshman class this year has students born in
114 nations, and more than 5,100 of our undergraduates
were born outside the United States. Thousands of our
students-including the majority of our international
students-are the first in their families to attend college.
For the most part, our international students are not

COURTESY GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Bill Gates came to our campus in Atlanta to learn
about how Georgia State is leveraging data and technology to deliver personalized support to more than
52,000 students every day. He wanted to understand
how we raised the graduation rate by 22 percent and
how we eliminated achievement gaps between students
from different racial, ethnic, and income backgrounds.
Gates spent the afternoon meeting with a few of us on
the student success team, asking probing questions and,
most particularly, learning from our students.
Front and center was Fortune Onwuzuruike, a
first-generation student whose family is from West
Africa. Fortune had just completed his senior year at
Georgia State, graduating in four years with honors
and serving as student body president. His leadership
training paid off that afternoon:

Fortune Onwuzuruike captured Bill Gates's visit to the Georgia State campus with a selfie featuring fellow students Austin Birchell, Gabriella
Salinas, and Kalif Robinson.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2018

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Cover1
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - May/June 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Global Spotlight: China
International Educator - May/June 2018 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - International Education Leadership
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