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T

Shifting Priorities
From Foundations
he unfortunate reality for international
educators that want to secure grants to
help bolster education abroad is that there
is a paucity of major foundations that make

education abroad a top priority. Among the few have
been the Freeman, Luce, and Starr foundations. The
Freeman Foundation in particular made a major impact
over the past two decades on expanding East Asian
studies at liberal arts colleges, including a $100 million,
four-year Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative
launched in 2000 that allowed 84 campuses to hire
new faculty, create new courses, and send students off
to study in Japan, China, and a dozen other countries.
But Freeman has changed its funding practices and
priorities since the 2010 death of founder Houghton
"Buck" Freeman, the son of insurance magnate
Mansfield Freeman, who was passionate about Asia
and once taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Buck Freeman, who was born in Shanghai, shared that
passion and a fervent belief that education abroad
could improve East-West understanding and ties. "Over
the last couple of years the (Freeman) trustees are
trying to figure out what makes the most sense today
relative to what kinds of things were funded in the
past," said Hildy Simmons, a philanthropy consultant
and longtime adviser to the foundation.
Looking back on the Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative, Simmons said, one thing that stood out
was that while the new faculty positions took root and
curricula remained infused with more emphasis on East
Asia, "it was clear the study abroad piece was the hardest one to sustain."
Freeman for a decade also sponsored the Freeman
Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) that sent U.S.
undergraduates with financial need to study in East or
Southeast Asia, but that Institute of International Education-administered program awarded its last scholarships in 2013. More recently, Freeman has provided
funds for select universities to send undergraduates
on internships in the region. It has given two rounds of
$100,000 grants to 11 universities to help students gain
those valuable experiences. Freeman, with $300 million
in assets, has always kept a low profile with few employees and no website. Graeme Freeman, son of the
founder, remains executive director.

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Indiana University (IU) has its own endowed Hutton
International Experiences Program thanks to a $9 million
gift in 2003 from alumnus Edward L. Hutton, a former
W.R. Grace and pharmaceutical executive. The study
abroad scholarships are managed by the Hutton Honors
College but available to any IU student with a 3.4 GPA or
better. Some 480 students received $731,000 in awards in
2013-2014 ranging from $500 to $3,000 depending on
the length of the program. Since its inception, the endowment has awarded $7.8 million in scholarships to 5,450
students, according to J.R. Nolasco, the program manager,
and, with some additional donations, the endowment now
stands at $11 million. The late benefactor allowed some
funds to be used to pay the salary of a full-time manager
for the scholarship program. That was "a remarkable dimension of the gift," Matthew Auer, then-dean of Hutton
Honors College, told the International Educator in 2011.
The Edward L. Hutton Foundation also gave IU's Office
of Overseas Study two grants totaling $450,000 in 2004
and 2007 to encourage faculty to develop new short-term
programs and to subsidize how much students paid to go.
Indeed, the strings attached to study abroad gifts often bar use of any funds for staffing or overhead, as the
University of Arkansas's Long also pointed out, and that's
where seed grants or gifts can provide funding that helps
institutions build more robust, sustainable programs that
ultimately send more students abroad than would have
been the case if the funds had solely been allocated for
scholarships and subsidizing program fees.

Linking Education Abroad to Other
Top University Priorities
Because study abroad grants and gifts often have funds
earmarked for specific uses (usually not including staffing
when expanding study abroad programs), this makes it all
the more crucial for international educators to get their
institutions' leaders to make sending students to study,
work, and do research overseas a priority. But it also helps
if the study abroad advocates can make a compelling case
for how education abroad can help the university achieve
its other top goals.
At the 36,000-student University of North Texas
(UNT), the overriding goal is to become a Tier One
research university, a status already achieved by the
University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and Rice
University, and one that several other state campuses
are vying for. UNT Vice Provost for International Affairs Richard Nader has sought to convince more faculty
to involve students in their research work and partnerships in other countries. "You have to do a lot of looking
around. Research-active faculty are four times more likely
to be globally engaged in the pursuit of knowledge," he



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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
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
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