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EDUCATION ABROAD

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Kalamazoo College students pose in
traditional Thai attire during their
education abroad experience
in Thailand.

in their classes. One very simple but effective
way of interesting students in these programs,
Collins says, is for faculty to talk about their
research and other experiences abroad. Academic advisers are also influential. "We have
found that students listen when they hear
from someone they know and respect that
another country can become the classroom
to learn about environmental sustainability,
education, or civil engineering."

Sustaining and Funding
Programs: How Do You Keep a
Good Thing Going?
The importance of establishing widespread
buy-in on the home campus before a new
program even begins cannot be underestimated. "Involve people from across the
campus-risk management, relevant faculty, education abroad, civic engagement,
students, etc.-in the development of the
program," Brockington advises.
In addition to having solid support at the
home institution, support in the host country is equally important. "You should not try
to start a program if excellent on-site support
cannot be identified and confirmed for longterm involvement," Collins says. "It is difficult
enough with this, and without it, it is nearly
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impossible. Administrators must have a great
deal of confidence in how students' health
and safety is being managed, both in day to
day and emergency/crisis situations."
She agrees that faculty buy-in is also very
important. "We have found that engaging
faculty in the development of the curriculum
is an excellent way to get their support. Inviting faculty, advisers and administrators to
participate in the development of programs,
program reviews and familiarization site visits
are also very productive, though costly." But
she adds, "Institutions should be prepared to
lose money initially, until the program can
support itself. Our programs are generally given at least three years to become established."
How is the expense of sustaining these
programs met? At the University of Minnesota, student program fees go to support
all aspects of the programs, including overseas faculty salaries, housing, field trips,
classroom and office rental, administration,
etc. Kennesaw State University has a global
fee that students pay into each semester.
"This is used to provide scholarships for
education abroad," Peters explains. "For example, the 18-day trip to Uganda is $3,900
this year. The global scholarship provides
$1,225 of that amount. Financial aid can be

used to help pay for tuition, which is extra."
Kennesaw also strongly supports faculty
and development efforts. This Maymester,
two faculty directors as well as an education
abroad staff member travelled to Uganda in
order to better understand the program and
learn best practices that can be shared with
other program directors. A member of the
education faculty also went along, "to develop additional faculty resources in the event
they are needed in future years." At Kalamazoo College also, institutional funds are used
to support faculty visits to overseas sites.

When Is It Time to Pull the Plug?
What are some of the warning signs that a
program may not make it for the long run?
According to Collins, "poor communication, curriculum development continuing
to be a challenge due to cultural differences,
poor faculty, site visits that leave either party
dissatisfied, poor student evaluations, and
student incidents on-site that are poorly
managed" are all signs that it might be time
to consider ending a program.
She adds that low student interest, the
loss of institutional support, and increased
risk or liability factors are the most common
reasons for not continuing a program.



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