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Educational Outcomes in the US: Challenges & Comparisons

Saturday, June 15, 2019 to Sunday, June 16, 2019

Time and Location

Saturday to Sunday, 06/15/2019-06/16/2019

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

-   Regular: ¥6,800
-   Early-bird (Payment by April 30): ¥5,800
-   Participant of YCB's Past Programs: ¥5,800
-   Groups of 3 or More: ¥4,800
-   Student (with Valid ID): ¥4,800
-   The participation fee does not include accommodations or transportation.
-   All fees are non-refundable.
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Patrick Deng
+86 135 2268 5724


The language of the seminar will be English, with simultaneous interpretation into Chinese.

Seminar Description

During this two-day seminar, Yale Professor Grace Kao, Chair of Sociology, will draw on her research into large data sets to share insights on how Chinese students can thrive and succeed at US high schools and universities. This seminar will:

-   Provide an overview of high school and university education in the US;
-    Explore how schools and families can help students thrive in the US;
-   Present challenges that Chinese / Asian students face in the US educational system;
-   Illustrate how best to take advantage of education in the US to help adolescents develop into adults with meaningful careers; and
-   provide an opportunity to hear the story of a Yale alumna who serves as an alumni interviewer for Yale College.

In addition, Professor Kao will give a brief introduction about the field of sociology in the era of big data for participants who are interested in studying sociology in the future.

The Speakers

YCB20190615_Grace Kao

Grace Kao
IBM Professor & Chair of Sociology, Faculty Director of Educational Studies, Yale University

Professor Kao chairs the Department of Sociology and is the Faculty Director of Educational Studies at Yale. She received her PhD and AM in Sociology from The University of Chicago and her BA in Sociology and Oriental Languages (Chinese) from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she directed the Asian American Studies Program and served as Associate Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. A quantitative sociologist who describes herself as “a data junkie,” Kao studies race, ethnicity, and immigration as they collectively relate to education and relationships among young people. Her publications have been cited almost 10,000 times, and she is the current Vice President of the American Sociological Association.

YCB20190615_Carol Li

Carol Li Rafferty
Managing Director & Yale Center Beijing

Carol Li Rafferty is Managing Director of Yale Center Beijing. Carol graduated cum laude from Yale University, with dual B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selected Carol as a Young Global Leader (YGL), and she currently serves as a member of the YGL Advisory Group, the YGL’s global advisory board. She is also an alumni interviewer for Yale College.

Seminar Schedule

Day 1
Overview of US High School & Universities

09:30-10:45 | Introduction to Sociology, Theory & Methods, Philosophy of Education
11:00-12:15 | High School in the US, Transition from High School to University in the US
12:15-13:45 | Lunch & Discussion: Differences Between the US & Chinese Educational Systems
14:00-15:15 | University in the US
15:30-16:45 | Discussion: How Do Schools & Families Shape Schooling Outcomes?

Day 2
Challenges: Race, Ethnic, & Immigrant Differences in Education
Transition to Adulthood

09:30-10:45 | Race, Ethnicity, & Immigrant Differences in Education in the US
11:00-12:15 | Educational Outcomes of Chinese & Asian Americans
12:15-13:45 | Lunch & Discussion: How does schooling affect people’s lives & careers?
14:00-15:15 | Transition to Adulthood in the US
15:30-16:45 | Transition to Adulthood in East Asia
17:00-17:30 | Carol Li Rafferty '00: Studying in the US & What Makes Yale Unique
17:30-18:00 | Certificate Granting & Closing Ceremony


  • Student of all levels who are interested in attending US high schools or universities
  • Parents
  • Teachers & educators from international schools or international divisions of public schools
  • Educational consultants
  • Others who are interested
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