IIE Networker - Fall 2006 - (Page 7)

A Message from Allan E. Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IIE The Study Abroad Issue Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. students are studying abroad each year, and most of these students choose destinations in Western Europe. Increasing the number and diversity of American students going abroad and encouraging them to study in places of growing strategic importance for the future of the United States is one of IIE’s main goals, and our programs aim to achieve that goal. Last year over 500 American students with financial need had the life-changing opportunity to study abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by IIE. Over 145 awards were made to U.S. undergraduates from the National Security Education Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, providing experiences in less frequently studied and visited countries and cultures. Nearly 500 students received scholarships to study in Asia through our Freeman-ASIA program, supported by the Freeman Foundation. And the Global Engineering Education Exchange, the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program, and the Central Europe Summer Research Institute enable young scientists and engineers to study or conduct research abroad. The U.S. Senate declared 2006 to be the Year of Study Abroad, and there could not be a more appropriate theme for this issue of the IIENetworker. The articles in this issue highlight the importance of study abroad and its role in increasing global competence among U.S. citizens and preparing them for leadership in the global economy and an increasingly interconnected world. In this issue, Sanford J. Ungar, President of Goucher College, discusses the challenges and opportunities he faced in establishing a campus-wide policy that requires all Goucher undergraduate students to study abroad. Geoffrey Bannister, founding president of The Forum on Education Abroad, addresses the need for standards and quality assurance in education abroad, while Bill DeLauder and Peter McPherson share their perspective on the Lincoln Commission and the future of study abroad. Mary Thompson-Jones writes on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to provide insight on the role of U.S. Embassies and Consulates in study abroad. Other articles address the challenges and opportunities in developing short-term programs and programs for first-year college students and for community college students, discuss heritage-seeking in education abroad, and comment on the status of study abroad to Japan and India. I would like to commend you, the IIENetwork members, for all you do to raise the profile of study abroad at your institutions and to increase the number and diversity of your students that have the opportunity to study abroad. I hope these articles are useful in your work. Allan E. Goodman

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