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  • Slide 1
  • Connecting the Dots
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  • A Gwendolyn Trotter Production
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  • Connecting the Dots A Gwendolyn Trotter Production With a little help from her friends
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  • Lets start with our Dot #1 Dr. Joe A. Lee, President, Alabama State University (2006, August 16)
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  • Theres a mousetrap in the farmhouse.
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  • And his famous Einstein quote.
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  • However, it is not only that if we keep doing what we have always done we will not move ahead. If we keep doing what we have always done, we are even unlikely to achieve the same success as in the past, as conditions change.
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  • Thomas Friedman helps us to see the mousetrap and understand Einstein a little better he helps us to
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  • CONNECT THE DOTS
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  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century Thomas L. Friedman Pulitzer Prize Winning Author New York Times Journalist
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  • How Many of You Have Read This Book on Globalization?
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  • Christopher Columbus assumed the world was round and that he could reach India by going west from Spain.
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  • He miscalculated the distance and could not find a water route through the Americas. However, he was glad to make the Indians he met his slaves and to take their riches for Spain.
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  • Thomas Friedman set out for India, from the US. He flew east, via Europe.
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  • He, too, found Indians, but instead of seeking their gold, silver, silk, and spices, he found software, brainpower, knowledge workers, and call centers.
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  • What Friedman found shook his faith in the notion that the world is round. He found Americans in India and Indians who had taken American names.
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  • He found Indians doing imitations of American accents and running call centers, software labs, banking operations, accounting operations, etc.
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  • He learned that in 2003, 25,000 US tax returns were done in India. In 2004, that number rose to 100,000. Last year it was estimated to be 400,000.
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  • Next year????
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  • There are currently about 245,000 Indians answering phones from all over the world or dialing out to solicit people for credit cards or cell phones.
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  • In America, these were low- wage, low-prestige jobs. In India, they became high-wage, high-prestige jobs. India competes for them.
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  • The Globalizing World When you live in China and are one in a million, there are 1,300 other people who are also one in a million. When you live in China and are one in a million, there are 1,300 other people who are also one in a million.
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  • The Globalizing World When you live in China and are one in a million, there are 1,300 other people who are also one in a million. When you live in China and are one in a million, there are 1,300 other people who are also one in a million. India will soon top this figure. India will soon top this figure.
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  • The Globalizing World In the US, 60% of the nations top science students and 65% of the top math students are children of recent immigrants. In the US, 60% of the nations top science students and 65% of the top math students are children of recent immigrants.
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  • An Example from NASA Of NASAs employees: 40% are over 50 40% are over 50 Those with 20 years of government service are eligible for retirement Those with 20 years of government service are eligible for retirement Only 4% are under 30 Only 4% are under 30
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  • NASA is having difficulty hiring workers with the sufficient science, engineering, and technology skills
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  • Why Is NASA Having Difficulty? The number of American 18 to 24 year-olds who receive science degrees has fallen to 17 th in the world. The number of American 18 to 24 year-olds who receive science degrees has fallen to 17 th in the world.
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  • Why Is NASA Having Difficulty? The number of American 18 to 124 year-olds who receive science degrees has fallen to 17 th in the world. The number of American 18 to 124 year-olds who receive science degrees has fallen to 17 th in the world. In the US, 31% of university students seek science or engineering degrees, compared to 60% in China. In the US, 31% of university students seek science or engineering degrees, compared to 60% in China.
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  • Why Is NASA Having Difficulty? The number of American 18 to 124 year-olds who receive science degrees has fallen to 17 th in the world. The number of American 18 to 124 year-olds who receive science degrees has fallen to 17 th in the world. In the US, 31% of university students seek science or engineering degrees, compared to 60% in China. In the US, 31% of university students seek science or engineering degrees, compared to 60% in China. The percentage of foreign-born Ph.D.s in science occupations in the US is now 38%. Those individuals can now work in their own countries with wages and conditions similar to here. The percentage of foreign-born Ph.D.s in science occupations in the US is now 38%. Those individuals can now work in their own countries with wages and conditions similar to here.
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  • The world is flattening, if not already flat!
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  • Natural resources and geographic location no longer determine a nations potential. A nations power no longer determines an individuals potential --
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  • The world is flattening, if not already flat! Natural resources and geographic location no longer determine a nations potential. A nations power no longer determines an individuals potential -- education, creativity, vision, and drive do!
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  • What does this mean for us here at Alabama State University?
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  • My Job May Not Exist Five Years from Now
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  • My Job May Not Exist Five Years from Now Yours May Not Either
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  • Why My Job May Not Exist Technology may replace me with interactive teaching/learning over the Internet from professors in India or the Philippines who will work at 1/10 th of my wages
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  • Why My Job May Not Exist Technology may replace me with interactive teaching/learning over the Internet from professors in India or the Philippines who will work at 1/10 th of my wages Unless they are exceptional, there may be far less demand for our ASU education students as teachers, therefore less demand for us to prepare them
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  • Why My Job May Not Exist Technology may replace me with interactive teaching/learning over the Internet from professors in India or the Philippines who will work at 1/10 th of my wages Unless they are exceptional, there may be far less demand for our ASU education students as teachers, therefore less demand for us to prepare them The state and national economies may not be globally competitive and there may be far less money for colleges
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  • SO WHAT DO WE DO? Friedmans Five Categories of Action: Leadership Leadership Muscles Muscles Cushioning Cushioning Social Activism Social Activism Parenting Parenting
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  • Leadership Explain to people the world they are living in Explain to people the world they are living in Explain what they need to do to thrive in it Explain what they need to do to thrive in it Inspire them to compete Inspire them to compete Educate knowledge, skills, and dispositions Educate knowledge, skills, and dispositions What does this tell us about advising our ASU students?
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  • SO WHAT DO WE DO? Friedmans Five Categories of Action: Leadership Leadership Muscles Muscles
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  • Muscles Lifetime employability is not guaranteed Lifetime employability is not guaranteed Individual workers must manage their own careers, risks, and economic security Individual workers must manage their own careers, risks, and economic security Government must provide the muscles: Government must provide the muscles: Portable benefits Portable benefits Opportunities for education and lifelong learning Opportunities for education and lifelong learning What does this imply about advising here at ASU?
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  • SO WHAT DO WE DO? Friedmans Five Categories of Action: Leadership Leadership Muscles Muscles Cushioning Cushioning
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  • Cushions Globalization, the flattening world, creates winners and losers -- some temporary, some more permanent Globalization, the flattening world, creates winners and losers -- some temporary, some more permanent Every worker has both general and specific skills Every worker has both general and specific skills When a worker is displaced from a job, the specific skills may no longer be applicable to other jobs When a worker is displaced from a job, the specific skills may no l