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Knowledge Network Short-Term Programming Harnessing the Ambient Currents The Opportunities, Challenges, and Progression of Initiating a Short-Term Program By Joshua S. McKeown and Tim Nekritz Two key developments in study abroad over the past decade include record numbers of students studying abroad overall and the increasing proportion of student participation in short-term programs. That study abroad is both growing in popularity and shortening in duration is not news; what is noteworthy, however, is that short-term programs now attract the majority of U.S. study abroad students, according to Open Doors 2005. SUNY Oswego students in the Amazon. Comparison of Program Duration, 1993/94 to 2003/04 60.0 Percent 50.0 40.0 30.0 20.0 10.0 0.0 94/95/ 96/97/ 98/ 99/00/ 01/02/ 03/ 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 Year Mid-Length Short-Term Long-Term Duration of Study Abroad, 2003/04 Long-Term 6% Also noteworthy is the diversity of shortterm programming developed during the past decade, and the recognition that study abroad may work best when, as with other higher education experiences (Kuh 1995, Tinto, 1997), it is connected to the larger academic mission of the institution through the combination of deliberate curricular integration and meaningful out-of-classroom experience. This article highlights one successful model. SUNY Oswego Challenges and Opportunities Mid-Length 42% Short-Term 52% Short-Term: Summer, January Term (Eight Weeks or Less) Mid-Length: One, Two Quarters, Semester Long-Term: Academic Year, Calendar Year From Open Doors 2005: Report on International Educational Exchange. http://opendoors.iienetwork.org. The State University of New York at Oswego has had a tradition of international education since the 1870s, shortly after its founding, when the Japanese government sent Hideo Takamine to Oswego to learn and incorporate the “Oswego Method” of teaching into the educational system of Japan. That tradi- tion of internationalism has been nurtured and expanded upon by successive, forward-thinking campus leaders and directors of international education such that today the college operates shortterm, semester, and academic year study abroad and exchange programs for hundreds of students to more than a dozen countries. Oswego, a medium-sized public college in upstate New York, enrolls approximately 8,300 students and has a very high undergraduate profile. Many of its students possess modest financial resources. Until recently, SUNY Oswego did not offer faculty-led, short-term programs built into the academic semester. Central to the challenge of initiating this type of credit-bearing, short-term study abroad program on Oswego’s campus was the recognition of its campus type and culture. Higher education researchers and leaders consistently cite the importance http://opendoors.iienetwork.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2006

IIE Networker - Fall 2006
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Leading the Way Toward True Global Engagement: A Challenge to American Colleges and Universities
The Lincoln Commission and the Future of Study Abroad
Destination India: Opportunities and Challenges for Expanding Study Abroad in a Nontraditional Location
Heritage-Seeking and Study Abroad: A Case Study
State Department Resources
Short-Term Programming
Community College
GLBT Issues
Branch Campus
Central and Eastern Europe
Freshmen Study Abroad
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2006