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should be kept in the loop. "Institutions occasionally err
on the side of involving only faculty in creating double
degrees. This may be acceptable for a double-degree program that functions more like simple exchanges, but if
the collaboration is more interconnected, a student support person at each school is a must. While the directors
handle academic, accreditation and career search issues,
the dedicated staff assists with marketing, recruitment,
orientation, cultural adjustment, transcript posting, event
planning, and of course, interpersonal conflicts among
students that may arise," she says.
IE
CHARLOTTE WEST is a freelance writer in Seattle,
Washington. Her last article for IE was "Japan Looks to Take
Flight" about Japan's internationalization initiatives, which
appeared in the supplement on Japan that was published with
the March/April 2015 issue.

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http://www.nuffic.nl/en/library/joint-programmes-from-a-to-z-areference-guide-for-practitioners.pdf

2

http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/2012-MappingInternationalization-on-U-S--Campuses.aspx

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http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/
IIE-Bookstore/Joint-Degree-Survey-Report-2011

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http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/Mapping-InternationalJoint-and-Dual-Degrees.pdf Page 22.

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ACE page 18. http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/MappingInternational-Joint-and-Dual-Degrees.pdf

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and fees as well as room and board at their home institutions and come to study at Appalachian and vice versa,
parity is important.
Because it operates on a direct exchange model,
the collaboration between Appalachian State and
UDLAP has faced some challenges, especially
when it comes to recruiting U.S. students. Despite Trudeau's success, Appalachian State has
not been able to recruit any more U.S. students
to the program. UDLAP has recruited one more
Mexican student, with the possibility of two
more starting next year.
Zatepilina-Monacell says that part of the
challenge is convincing freshmen that have just
started their college experience to go abroad for
two years. Students who initially express interest
back off after consulting with their parents, likely due
to security concerns.
To overcome the challenge of recruiting U.S. students,
Appalachian State is working on a number of proposals
that include a model that is a hybrid between faculty-led
programs and traditional study abroad. Faculty will teach
courses to both Appalachian and UDLAP students, and
Appalachian students will also take courses from UDLAP
faculty, according to Lutabingwa.
Besides the double degree in communications, Appalachian State is working on two other dual-degree programs
in engineering physics and intelligent mechatronics systems. Two physics faculty members are currently spending
a semester at UDLAP, and three engineering faculty members from UDLAP have spent time at Appalachian. "These
faculty exchanges have been important in helping colleagues on both sides to know each other and develop
relationships that will be very important once we start
implementation of the new programs," Lutabingwa says.
He adds that communication between partners, both
at the faculty and administrative levels, has been essential to troubleshooting any problems that might come up:
"Dual degrees require a continuous open communication
between partner institutions. This is very important because during the course of implementing the dual-degree
program, changes occur or unanticipated factors cause
leaders at both institutions to communicate very often
and at times meet face-to-face to work out some issues."
Other program managers also stress the importance
of face-to-face interaction, especially if problems arise.
"Technology can enhance collaboration, but it is not a
substitute for personal contact," Learch says.
Communication and contact should occur at all levels. Learch says that student services staff in particular


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The Right Prescription for Internationalization
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