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QCC Dean is Russia Bound as the College’s Latest Fulbright Scholar

February, 2020
  • QCC's newest Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ingrid Skadberg
    QCC's newest Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ingrid Skadberg

Quinsigamond Community College’s Dean of Institutional Research and Planning, Dr. Ingrid Skadberg, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award. She is the fourth person from QCC to be honored as a Fulbright Scholar, and is one of only six from the U.S. who will be visiting Russia for two weeks in April. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It operates in over 160 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Dr. Skadberg holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York (CUNY), specializing in immigration studies and education, and has been a QCC staff member since 2006. In addition to her duties as dean of Institutional Research and Planning at QCC, she is the co-chair of the College’s strategic plan.

During her two-weeks in Russia she will spend time in Moscow, Tula and Volgorad, in a variety of academic, business and cultural settings learning about Russia’s educational processes, as well how their educational system is working to meet industry demands. She will also do a presentation about QCC and its programs.

“Exposure to various viewpoints will enable me to approach my work from a different perspective and be more effective in shaping institutional policy,” Dr. Skadberg said. “There is a lot that we could learn from Russia’s approach to education. One challenge that many countries encounter is how to better align workforce development with industry needs. Many of Russia’s challenges in workforce development are similar and I’m interested in learning how and what they are doing.”

Dr. Skadberg is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. QCC's other Fulbright Scholars include: English Professor Trent Masiki; Assistant Vice President for Workforce Readiness and Innovation, Dr. Kathleen "Kathy" Rentsch; and Business Administration Professor Flo Lucci.