Keanen McKinley, a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) student, gave two presentations this February as part of the National Education Finance Conference (NEFC) in St. Louis.
His first presentation, an extension of his research project in the CLS Research Methods class, covered the issue of brain drain in Iceland. This important concept describes the acceleration of high-skilled people from poor countries emigrating to more developed countries. McKinley gave a roundtable presentation on the topic before representing Oklahoma in the annual State of the States, a roundtable discussion that explores pressing education funding issues among the states.
The conference, a forum for discussing issues of school finance to enhance education for young and adult learners, provides a venue for collaboration among legislators, postsecondary education, school district and state agency personnel, professional organizations and researchers concerned with the importance of equity, adequacy and efficiency concepts that affect state, local and federal revenue generation, distribution and expenditures.
McKinley’s presentations were well-received in St. Louis. He is now considering submitting the Iceland study for publication in the Journal of Education Finance.