Maureen Mcclure - Presentations
Faculty - Director IISE

Porter, M & McClure, M. (2019, Sept. 20). Local meets global: A converging conversation. Keynote. Social Glocalisation Conference. Katholische Hochschule fur Sozial Arbeit, Cologne, Germany.

Social Glocalisation Conference. Katholische Hochschule fur Sozial Arbeit, Cologne, Germany.

This was an innovative, performative keynote for a major global conference for those in social work looking for new ways to think about the rapidly changing relationships of local and global issues related to social work and education. This meant not only the consequences of globalization for local communities, but also for the opportunities for local communities to use global means communicate with others about their shared problems and successes. Most work on globalization has to do with impact of it on local communities. That is, however, only one direction. There are others. Academics, for example, have long histories of locally-created and globally-shared professional experiences.

The keynote was framed from the position of two academics with different ways of framing these problems. Too often keynotes are framed as an academic expert delivering the one best way to move forward. We wanted to acknowledge its value, and suggest that more visible conversations can be valuable when working with hyper-complex problems.

McClure, M. W. (2019, April 16). Don Adams: Calligrapher with heart. Session 346: Quality and qualities in development education: Don Adams' life-long contribution to theory and practice. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). San Francisco.
McClure, M. W. & Sabina, L. (2018, April 5). Pressure on Taxability: Pennsylvania and Florida. Presented at National Education Finance Academy, Tulsa, OK.
  • This presentation examines the current tax capacity pressures existing right now in Florida and Pennsylvania
  • One challenge currently comes to the forefront – the sheer number of teachers (and for that matter, state employees) who are retiring, activating pension payouts for retirees
  • But are there specific people that are retiring?How long are they living?And who should pay for these pensions?And why?
  • We examine all of these ideas, first in the national context, then specifically for Pennsylvania and Florida – two very different states facing challenges which could come sooner rather than later
Peters, A., Sabina, L. & McClure, M. (2018, April 5). Single and not ready to mingle: The potential gentrification of student housing. Presented at National Education Finance Academy, Tulsa, OK.
This presentation examines the cost of the most expensive single-unit housing at the 10 largest undergraduate institutions compared to the cost of the least expensive double, triple, and quad housing at those same institutions Additionally, we have taken into consideration the closest private institution to those 10 undergraduate institutions
  • Our goal is to examine the phenomena of increasingly expensive housing on campus, while the cost of college and loan burden continues to rise
  • Students are becoming more and more in debt and borrowing more money than they need for school single-unit housing appears to have become a naturally inelastic need
  • Our team was unable to locate similar studies – making this something needed in the growing literature in residence life
  • We hope this could be a reading piece in a Master’s-Level Student Affairs Program
McClure, M. W. (2016, November 15). Education's Risks in The Context of Generational Shifts. Interview. Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).
I was interviewed as part of a state-wide tv (PCN) program on education reform issues.
McClure, M. W. Generational Change and Its Potential Impact on Governments. Invited presentation to the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee. Harrisburg, PA

Invited presentation to the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee. Harrisburg, PA.

One of the emerging issues in PA legislation is a move to eliminate property taxes., shifitng them to income and sales. I was asked to give an overview of the generaional shifts that will influence legislative decisionmaking. Pennslyvania is an aging, slow growth state facing growing poverty among children from urban to rural areas. Where are tomorrow's tax dollars going to come from? The state needs to pay more attention to issues of education for the next generation, as age cohorts will be disruptive. 20th century strategic planning focused on institutional sustainability and sector-wide policy. Demographic shifts on a scale without historical parallel are likely to create problems for traditional educational funding.

Sabina, L., McClure, M. W., Krekanova, V. (2016, February). A Comparative Study of Factors Influencing Generational Financial Interests in Florida and Pennsylvania. Jacksonville, National Education Finance Conference.
  • Much of education finance focuses on the tensions created by concerns for fairness or of business management
  • Less attention is paid to revenue generation and tax capacities
  • The demographics of a city, county, state, and district affect their taxing capacities
  • Rapidly aging cohorts vary across are pressing in on education finance issues
  • Going forward, more attention needs to be paid to how the public will support education as its increasingly competes for public services with other sectors

McClure, M.W. (2015, March). Whither MOOCs and Universities?: Ivory Tower and/or Protean Paths. Organized and presented at the 3rd Annual Symposium on MOOCs. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). Washington, D.C.

Examined problems of structural risk in MOOCs caused by rapid innovations in content, delivery and accreditation, leading to structural risk in core higher education strategy issues.

Sabina, L. &McClure, M. W. (2015, February). Who's Minding the Store?: Markets, MOOCs and Money. Presented at the National Council on Education Finance (NCEF) St. Louis, MO.

Builds on demographic shifts and their risks to education finance, especially related to tax capacities – at the suggestion of colleagues attending my presentations to the state legislature’s commission on PA education finance reform.

Sabina, L. & McClure, M. W. (2014, November). MOOCs: Principals and Professional Development - Growing Needs and Potential Partnership. Presented at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Washington, D.C.

This Ignite presentation focuses on how principals’ problems are often complex and “wicked,” and examines the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs to help fill in gaps in professional development.

McClure, M.W. & Krekanova, V. (2014, October). Education funding for successful generational transitions in Pennsylvania: Not easy. Presented to the Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.

This presentation argues that demographic shifts and tax capacity issues are important but neglected policy issues in Pennsylvania.

McClure, M.W. & Krekanova, V. (2014, October). The future is here: Aging PA taxpayers and voters affect education funding. Testimony before the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission. Pittsburgh, PA.

The primary argument is that PA is an aging state, and as demographic shifts generate larger numbers of elderly, the state’s taxing capacities may be threatened as retirement incomes generally aren’t taxed, and seniors who are more likely to vote may redirect policy interest away from education.

McClure, M.W. & Krekanova, V. (2014, October). The future is here: Retiring boomers have fewer replacements to pay taxes. Presented to the Allegheny Conference's Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.

This presentation addresses demographic and tax capacity issues in Western Pennsylvania.

McClure, M. W. (2014, August). Morphing MOOCs: How will new purposes, formats and entrants contribute to HER? 11th International Workshop on Higher Education Reforms (HER). St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Much has been made about MOOCs as ab nihilo innovations. They are not. They are new forms of an old technology policy area of distance education.

"Thorough and Efficient? Equitable School Funding: A Call for Action." Organized a panel with Harold Aughton and presented at the 13th Annual Social National Academy of Public Administration. Pittsburgh, May 29.

Education as an investment in generational capital

“Who owns development?: MOOCs in a “wicked” world.

Apr 10, 2014 - Apr 11, 2014

MOOCs for Development Conference. University of Pennsylvania. April 11, 2014.

Whither MOOCs?: Beyond the fog

Mar 10, 2014 - Mar 15, 2014

Organized and presented 2nd Annual Symposium on MOOCs. “Whither MOOCs: Beyond the fog.” Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). Toronto. March 14, 2014.

Generational capital and education (human, social, cultural) in Indonesia

Nov 2, 2013 - Nov 3, 2013

 Indonesia Focus.  Asian Society for International Relations and Public Affairs (ASIRPA) Sponsored by Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) in Washington DC, Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) in New York . (Nov. 2, 2013)

The theme was "Beyond Physical Capital: The role of Human and

Social Capital in Indonesia Economic Growth. There were four plenary speakers:

1. Dr Bambang Parmanto (School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences,

University of Pittsburgh)

2. Dr Danet Suryatama (President, ElectrikCar LLC)

3. Dr Mauren McClure (School of Education, University of Pittsburgh)

4. Dr Wimboh Santoso (Executive Director of Southeast Asia IMF)

MOOCs: Hype or hype: Conflicting narratives in higher education policy.

Oct 2, 2013 - Oct 4, 2013

McClure, M. W. (2013). “MOOCs: Hype or hype: Conflicting narratives in higher education policy.” Higher education reforms: Looking back- looking forward. University of Ljubljana. 10th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform International Higher Education Reform – Ljubljana, Slovenia (Oct 2-4, 2013)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Gamechanger or Not?

This was a presentation co-sponsored by IISE, GSPIA and the Global Studies Center, UCIS. Building on an earlier presentation, it argues that while it was too soon to tell the extent of MOOCs disruptive power, they were too important to be ignored. They have already made a disruptive mark in elite universities in their introduction of 'viral policies' which senior administrators and trustees believe they are compelled to address. The University of Virginia's well-respected president briefly lost her job when some trustees believed she wasn't moving fast enough to adopt them. On the financial side, they can be expensive to produce, thus possibly limiting new entrants. A brief comparison between two universities offering similar courses revealed the production quality of the higher investment private university was visible when compared with the lower production quality of the lower investment public university. Was it enough to produce a competitive edge? The University of Pennsylvania currently touts over one million Coursera students.


Mar 14, 2013

This paper tracks the very rapid rise of Massive Open Online Courses, discussing the differences between expert or xMOOCs founded at Stanford in the fall of 2011, and connective or cMOOCs designed earlier by a group of Canadians. It poses both kinds of MOOCs as disruptive technologies, not only because of their use of Internet technologies, but also because of the speed of change generated by new entrants from non-profit and for-profit startup companies. Instead of its tradition of faculty deliberation, many elite university trustees and administrators have felt compelled to leap first and think later. In addition, research in the area of higher education policy has also been disrupted by the rapid speed of change. For example, points made in this paper before I left for the conference were already obsolete by the time I arrived. This speed challenges not only institutional forms of deliberation and governance, it also challenges more traditional forms of higher education policy research, peer review and publication. It is an exciting and complicated arena, full of opportunities and pitfalls.

Challenges and opportunities in Indonesia: How are international donors paving the road for the 21st century’s secular and Islamic higher education institutions?

Apr 23, 2012 - Apr 27, 2012

The Comparative and International Education Society Conference (CIES)  panel in San Juan  discussed current challenges and opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration between the US and Indonesian institutions of higher education and the role international donors are playing in fostering innovation.

Structural Challenges to Cooperation in International Humanitarian Interventions: Mapping the Landscape

Oct 28, 2011 - Oct 29, 2011

with Emily Vargas-Baron,  Eastern Regional Conference, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Pittsburgh, PA 

CV building for International Agencies

Oct 12, 2011
with James Jacobs and Jorge Delgado - IISE and GSPIA workshop on increasing students' competitive edge in a tight economy

How can social cartography help policy researchers? Yukiko Yamamoto and Maureen W. McClure

May 5, 2011
Comparative and International Studies in Education(CIES) Montreal, May 5 2011

Childhood and Youth as a Fragile State: Generational Consequences for Education in Chronic Crises?

Mar 1, 2010
Comparative and International Studies, Chicago, March 1. Organized panel session with my
dissertation students, Hana El-Ghali, Chiharu Kondo, Ted Serrant and Yuki Yamamoto

Shape-Shifting Generational Pyramids: Irrevocable Transitions and Education Investments

Apr 16, 2009
American Education Research Association (AERA) Calls attention to the growing importance of shifting population distributions and their implications for education policy, both domestically and globally, San Diego, April 16, 2009

Keynote for UN Day of Tolerance

Nov 19, 2008
Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) Adds intellectual and generational tolerance to the more traditional mix November 19, 2008


Mar 2008
Generational Impact on Education in Kosovo

Youth Security in Refugee Camps: How Humanitarian Education Turned Them from Recruitment Centers for Soldiers to Child Friendly Spaces with G. Retamal

Sep 14, 2006
Ford Institute for Human Security and the Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO, The Research Council of Norway

The protection of childhoods: Who owns the responsibilities? with G. Retamal.

Jun 1, 2006
Invited paper for The Child Soldier Initiative: Building Knowledge About Children and Armed Conflict. A collaborative project of: the Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO, The Research Council of Norway and the Ford Institute of Human Security, Oslo, June 1-3, 2006
Maureen Mcclure


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