Garlough to speak in Iraq on education

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Garlough to speak in Iraq on education

July 8, 2009

Dr. Katherine Garlough, director of assessment and institutional effectiveness at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will travel to Iraq where she will speak to Iraqi universities on the topics of institutional assessment and peace curriculum for college students.

The two-week trip will begin in August prior to classes beginning at Northwestern.

Garlough serves as a United States point of contact for higher education in Kurdistan, Iraq. Prior to her position at Northwestern, she was an administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant at the University of Oklahoma. Through this position she assisted in assessing, supporting and revitalizing higher education in Iraq and met many Iraqi officials.

While working for USAID, Garlough met Dr. Beriwan Khailany, deputy minister of higher education in Iraq. Together, they have written papers on assessment methodologies in the Middle East, and these papers have been presented at international higher education conferences. In 2007, Dr. Beriwan spoke at Northwestern about going to college in Iraq.

“An exchange of administrators is important to Northwestern,” Garlough said. “It helps to fulfill our mission to be a community of learners advancing learning excellence in the changing climate of the world.”

In May, Garlough received an invitation from the president of Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq, to speak to the administration about assessment as they are just starting an assessment department. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research also recommended Garlough to attend a peace movement conference hosted by the World’s Women for Life (WWFL) at the University of Kurdistan.

“They have invited me to speak about developing a curriculum framework for college students to learn about peace and a culture of life,” Garlough said. “After the WWFL conference, the delegation will visit five other universities in Iraqi Kurdistan.”