21, international consortium of research universities
Ball State President Blaine Brownell Named To Lead U21 Subsidiary
Charged With Academic Standards And Quality
October 20, 2003 --
A. Brownell, president of Ball State University, will become the
first full-time chief executive officer of U21pedagogica.
announcement was made today by University of Virginia President
John T. Casteen III, chairman of U21pedagogica’s board of
directors. Brownell is tentatively scheduled to begin his duties
Feb. 1, 2004.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Universitas 21, an international
consortium of 17 leading research universities
10 countries. Among Universitas
21’s activities is Universitas 21 Global, an online university created
in partnership with The Thomson Corp. targeting students in countries without
highly developed educational infrastructures.
draws upon the well-established internal quality assurance processes
and expertise of the Universitas 21 institutions
to approve Universitas 21
courses, subjects, templates, processes, instruction and assessment, ensuring
that each meets Universitas 21 quality standards.
am delighted at the prospect of working with 17 of the world's
greatest research universities, in the most ambitious global
academic consortium ever
attempted, in an effort to provide higher education to students who would
not otherwise have such an opportunity,” Brownell said. “This
is undoubtedly a model for the future, offering an unparalleled
opportunity to develop global
standards for academic quality and to assist universities and governments
in the area of educational standards and assessment. This is
a challenge that appeals
to my experience and interests, and to my commitment to international education
and global collaboration.”
historian and seasoned higher education administrator, Brownell
has long been active in international education.
His overseas experience includes
appointments as a Fulbright Professor in American History and Urban Studies
in Japan (1977-78), a visiting professor at Sichuan University in China
(1987), and an academic specialist for the U.S. Information Agency in
1985). He was editor of the International Education Forum, the journal
of the Association of International Education Administrators (1998-2000).
on the boards of directors of both the Council for International Education
Exchange and the International Student Exchange Program, and has traveled
to more than
“In an uncommonly strong field of excellent candidates, Blaine stood out
for the range and quality of his experience, for his personal commitment to excellence
of the kind that U21pedagogica is charged with sustaining in distance learning,
and for his vision of the future,” said Casteen in making the announcement.
believe that he will provide the leadership necessary now to
bring top-quality Web-based courses and degree programs, priced
into the global marketplace.
In the end, vast numbers of students in many nations will benefit
from his work.”
became the 12th president of Ball State University in Muncie,
Ind., in July 2000, and holds the
rank of Professor of History and
For the previous two years he served as executive director of the
Center for International Programs and Services and professor of history at
the University of Memphis. Between 1990 and 1998 he served as provost
academic affairs and professor of history at the University of
North Texas in Denton.
1974 and 1990, he held a variety of academic positions at the
University of Alabama at Birmingham,
including dean of the
Social and Behavioral
Sciences, dean of the Graduate School, director of the Center
for International Programs, and founding chair of the Department
Urban Studies. His
first academic appointment (1969-1974) was at Purdue University.
holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in United States history from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. degree
and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
chief executive officer of U21pedagogica, Brownell will oversee
the established quality-control
process for approving
academic offerings. He is also charged with exploring the possibility
of performing similar reviews for other international higher
have never encountered any other job that so closely fits my
professional experience and interests,” Brownell said.
takes over responsibilities that had been shared by Peter W.
Low, a law professor and former vice president
Robinson of the University of Melbourne, former director
of the Universitas 21 Secretariat.
in 1997, Universitas 21 has 17 member universities in 10 countries.
engage in collegial
collaborations, including the sharing of learning materials;
entrepreneurial activities, including the founding
of Universitas 21 Global.
this year, Universitas 21 Global began offering a master’s
degree in business administration and has plans to add a master’s
degree in information systems within the next year.
addition to the University of Virginia, Universitas 21 universities
in North America include McGill University
of British Columbia
Canada. European members include the universities
of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and
Nottingham in the United Kingdom; Lund University
in Sweden; and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
Freiburg in Germany. Member universities in the Asia-Pacific
region include Fudan and Beijing universities and
the University of Hong Kong in China; the national
University of Singapore; the universities of Melbourne,
new South Wales and Queensland
in Australia; and the University of Auckland in New
Ltd. (Pedagogica), chartered in Guernsey, the Channel Islands,
with headquarters in
Charlottesville, Va., was
established in 2001 as an international supplier of quality assurance
services to higher education.
is the exclusive provider of quality assurance services to
21 Global, a joint venture of Universitas
21 LBG and Thomson Corporation.
provides the following services to Global: accredits new, existing
and newly translated programs
and subjects; audits student selection and assessment
processes; and certifies instructors.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of U21, an international consortium
17 research-intensive universities
in 10 countries founded in 1997.
members are: North America--University of Virginia and McGill
University and University of British
Columbia in Canada; Europe--the
universities of Birmingham,
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Nottingham
in the United Kingdom; Lund University in Sweden; and Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat
Freiburg in Germany; Asia-Pacific—-Fudan
University, Peking University
and University of Hong Kong in China; National University
of Singapore; the universities
of Melbourne, New South Wales and Queensland
in Australia; and University
of Auckland in New Zealand.
encourages student exchanges and greater international collaboration
between members and
opportunities for entrepreneurial activities.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, U21PEDAGOGICA
first full-time CEO, Brownell’s responsibilities
a permanent headquarters in Charlottesville, Va.
and implementing policies and procedures for the quality
the work of the Academic Standards Council, which has final
authority within Pedagogica in the application of accreditation and quality
Pedagogica as a world-class higher education enterprise and
subject-matter experts from member universities to review products
and managing Pedagogica’s profile on a worldwide
additional information: www.universitas21.com
Ball State University
Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189