Administrator to Help Saudi University Identify Promising Future Engineers

Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Jim Goecker

Jim Goecker

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has invited Jim Goecker, vice president for enrollment management and strategic communications, to join a handful of admissions leaders from U.S. college and universities to review high-school student applicants for KAUST's Saudi Research Science Initiative (SRCI). He also will help educate Saudi high school and college students about admissions procedures at American colleges and universities.

Goecker's trip to KAUST will take place January 9-14.

This will be the third time that Goecker has visited KAUST, and the second straight year that he has been an invited reviewer for the SRCI program.

Rose-Hulman's success in undergraduate engineering education helped inspire Saudi Arabian officials to establish KAUST five years ago. The institute aspires to be a leading Middle East destination for scientific and technological education and research.

KAUST has welcomed Rose-Hulman graduates for postgraduate educational opportunities, and one student from Saudi Arabia is studying at Rose-Hulman after being interviewed by Goecker during last year's trip.

Since joining the Office of Admissions in 1986, Goecker has been involved in the recruitment of more than half of all living alumni of Rose-Hulman. He has served on committees of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), has been a presenter on multiple enrollment management issues at annual meetings of the NACAC and the ACT Enrollment Managers Conference, and has participated in the Harvard University Summer Institute on College Admissions.