International Educator - May/June 2012 - 110
By Janet Hulstrand
Expanding horizons: opportunities and Challenges of Consortia
FFERING A WIDE ARRAY of education abroad opportunities can sometimes be a tall order for small higher education institutions or those with budget contraints—but it doesn’t have to be. Education abroad consortia fill the need of institutions who want to offer the most options for their students to study abroad but can’t do it solo.
Consortia offer institutions the opportunity to present both faculty and students with a rich and robust array of opportunities for international study and teaching in a time of shrinking budgets. They come in all shapes and sizes and are created for a variety of reasons and meet a variety of institutional needs. Some are large international organizations that offer education abroad opportunities in particular disciplines—for example the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) and the TransAtlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). Others serve similar institutions (community colleges, small private liberal arts colleges, etc.), or are nationally or regionally based. And some are put together to develop very specific “custom” programs in collaboration with a few other schools.
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