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are different from them. These skills and dispositions are highly
valuable in students' job searches. So we have put more emphasis
on the value of study abroad for careers."
They have adjusted their study abroad programming, particularly the predeparture orientation, based on the assessment
results: "We flag these areas of potential impact much more
explicitly," says Paus, "and provide students with a broader framework through which they can filter their study abroad experience
much more intentionally than before."

Mount Holyoke College
Impact Assessment

Mount Holyoke, the women's college in South Hadley, Massachusetts, that won the Simon Award in 2015, is focused on assessing
the impact rather than the outcomes-the number of participants-of their international initiatives. To date, they have made
great strides in assessing the study abroad experience. Eva Paus,
who is a professor of economics and serves as the Carol Hoffman
Collins director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, say
the shift to impact assessment was born out of a desire to know
whether the college was meeting the global education goals it aims
to achieve. After surveying several tools for assessing study abroad,
they adapted a self-assessment instrument used by another liberal
arts college. Since 2015, all study abroad participants have been
required to complete a survey once they return to campus.
Paus says the survey results have led them to focus more on
the link between study abroad experiences and careers: "[We
found that] studying abroad for a semester or year had a profound impact on students' personal development as it advanced
their independence and initiative, their ability to communicate
across difference, and their willingness to learn from people who

FOR MORE INFORMATION
NC State in Prague
https://prague.ncsu.edu/
Mount Holyoke Global-Local Initiative
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/global/global/local
University of Tampa Spartans Academy Abroad
http://www.ut.edu/spartansacademyabroad/
University of Tampa Quality Enhancement Plan
http://www.ut.edu/qep/
NAFSA Simon Best Practices Index
http://www.nafsa.org/SearchExcerpt.aspx
Hudzik, John. 2011. Comprehensive Internationalization:
From Concept to Action. www.nafsa.org/cizn

Faculty Engagement on Campus

Along with assessing global learning outcomes, the McCulloch
Center also launched a survey about faculty's international
engagement, which has provided the basis for new initiatives
such as course connections between faculty members in different
departments. With persistence, the center received responses
from nearly 90 percent of the faculty.
The results showed that since 2012, 43 percent of faculty had
collaborated with an institution outside the United States, and 51
percent had conducted research with a global focus. Seventy-eight
percent had lived outside the United States for an extended period
of time. And 42 percent of faculty expressed interest in potentially
linking their course with a faculty member who is teaching a
course in a language other than English.
"What's really striking is how many of our faculty are involved
in global education through different venues-their own research,
teaching, and personal experiences. Together with the fact that we
collectively speak over 50 languages, it speaks to a disposition of
openness to different cultural and national perspectives," Paus says.
The faculty survey is part of a larger effort to make visible the
wealth and interconnectedness of the college's many internationalization initiatives. The McCulloch Center also recently hired a halftime communication specialist in global education who is tasked
with highlighting the many venues and examples of internationalization at Mount Holyoke, through faculty and student examples.
"Even though we are a small, residential college, that doesn't
mean that everybody knows what everybody else is doing. Having
this centralized resource allows us to connect people and invite them
in when we are trying to launch a new initiative," Paus explains.
She adds that international education on her campus, as well as
across the international education field more broadly, has taken on
even more significance recently. "In the face of rising nationalism
and prejudice in this country and elsewhere, international education becomes so much more important if we really want to speak
to and promote a greater sense of shared humanity," she argues.
"Our college's exceptional international diversity offers pervasive
opportunities to engage across difference on an individual basis
and thus [students] learn to appreciate differences and become
more open to different ways of thinking." n
CHARLOTTE WEST is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington.

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Students at Mount Holyoke focused on social change for sustainable
communities at the school's Global Challenges conference in February.


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From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
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