So say John and Jim Magee. John is Assistant VP & Chief International Officer at Madonna University, Lavonia, MI. Jim is a doctoral student who collaborates with his brother in international work. “It’s not about the deal,” they argue, and, in higher ed, it’s certainly not about ‘mining’ other countries for money and students. Rather, it’s about establishing meaningful relationships and creating partnerships that benefit all parties involved. Not earth-shattering, you say? Well … ego, hubris, arrogance, and institutional self-centeredness (what another colleague calls “The Organization First” syndrome) make it more difficult (than easier) to put into practice.
Listen to John and Jim talk about “It’s Not About the Deal.”