International Educator - September/October 2015 - 23

A Little Can Go
A Long Way
Colleges and universities can leverage grants and financial gifts
to give students more opportunity to study abroad
and make education abroad a greater priority
for the entire campus.

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BY CHRISTOPHER CONNELL

IN THE FOLK TALE "STONE SOUP," A HUNGRY TRAVELER
convinces villagers who are hoarding food in a famine to share what they have to add to the "delicious"
soup he is making from a magic stone. An onion here, a carrot there, and a bit of beef soon produces
a hearty soup that feeds them all. In modern parlance what it boiled down to was a sort of matching
grant strategy. That's essentially how international educators are leveraging gifts and grants they receive
to grow endowments and expand access to study abroad.
International educators know how difficult it can be to
fund education abroad programs. To increase awareness
of education abroad opportunities, as well as the number of students going abroad, it usually takes more funds.
Many institutions find that they can receive small grants
for study abroad. The challenge is, though, that most of
the time, grants for study abroad have a specific use and
when the funds are used up, the education abroad office is
back to square one. However, some institutions have used
innovative ways to leverage their study abroad funds to
increase funding over a longer time period to make funds
last or to raise awareness of study abroad across the campus to make it a higher priority among campus leaders.
Only 289,408 U.S. students study abroad compared
with nearly three times that many international students

at U.S. campuses (886,052), according the International
Institute of Education's Open Doors 2014 report. Slowly
but steadily, challenge grants from governments, foundations, and private donors are helping colleges and
universities make headway in redressing this huge imbalance. What grantmakers and donors look for are
institutions seeking funds not merely for a one-time
infusion of cash in their study abroad scholarship pots,
but to position their international education programs
for sustained growth. There is no one recipe for success
when it comes to taking a dollar and turning it into more
that eventually goes back into more funding for education
abroad, but many colleges and universities have found
that with some innovative thinking, they can take a gift
for study abroad and make it keep on giving.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2015

Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 10
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 11
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 12
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - A Little Goes a Long Way
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - View From Out Here
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