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This session will provide a model for building a successful graduate-level study abroad program, give session participants the tools to build a viable, sustainable study abroad program for graduate students, and aid and inspire session participants to do so. Panelists include three colleagues who have collaborated to build successful credit-bearing graduate-level study abroad programs, as well as a non-traditional student who participated in a study abroad program. During this session, we'll cover budgeting, recruitment, course credits, course delivery, program activities, coursework, logistics, accommodating non-traditional students, faculty pay and course load, and program assessment and sustainability.

This session will provide a model for building a successful graduate-level study abroad program, give session participants the tools to build a viable, sustainable study abroad program for graduate students, and aid and inspire session participants to do so. Panelists include three colleagues who have collaborated to build successful credit-bearing graduate-level study abroad programs, as well as a non-traditional student who participated in a study abroad program. During this session, we'll cover budgeting, recruitment, course credits, course delivery, program activities, coursework, logistics, accommodating non-traditional students, faculty pay and course load, and program assessment and sustainability.

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Opening More Doors: Keys to Successful Faculty-Led Study Abroad for Graduate Students

  1. 1. OPENING MORE DOORS KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL FACULTY-LED STUDY ABROAD FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS Southern Utah University
  2. 2. Introductions 2 Ms. Karen Peterson, MPA Education Policy Specialist, Office of the Governor of Utah Dr. Pat Keehley Professor Emerita and Former Director of the MPA Program Dr. Patrick Clarke Professor and Dean of the School of Integrative & Engaged Learning Dr. Kurt Harris Professor and Director of Learning Abroad
  3. 3. Session Goals 3 Workshop participants will 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the components needed for a successful study abroad program offering graduate course credit; 2. Review and apply best practices to increase recruitment, ensure academic rigor, and sustain initiatives in study abroad programs throughout successive years; 3. Draft plans for the development of a new graduate-level study abroad program at their institution.
  4. 4. Session Agenda 4 1. Instructions – 5 minutes 2. Table group discussions – 15 minutes 3. Administration discussion – 10 minutes 4. International Office discussion – 10 minutes 5. Faculty discussion – 10 minutes 6. Student discussion – 10 minutes 7. Q&A and Next Steps – remaining time
  5. 5. Discussion Points 5 Challenges: What obstacles must administrators, international office staff, faculty, and students overcome to create effective study abroad programs specifically for graduate students? Best Practices: What processes or activities have been proven over time to be successful?
  6. 6. Instructions (please don’t eat the candy yet!) 6 In the next 15 minutes, your group must 1. Introduce yourselves to each other 2. Each person take a piece of candy 3. Choose a group spokesperson 4. Discuss what makes a graduate-level study abroad program successful from each of the four perspectives 5. Record 2-4 challenges each group faces related to study abroad for graduate students 6. Record 2-4 grad student study abroad best practices from each group’s perspective
  7. 7. ADMINISTRATION PATRICK CLARKE
  8. 8. 8 ADMINISTRATION Other components
  9. 9. Administration Challenges and Best Practices 9 Challenges: Allowing faculty time to build and run study abroad programs, and rewarding them for it Financial considerations – loss of tuition revenue Sustainability of programs after faculty turnover Best Practices: Trust faculty and International Abroad Office to coordinate programs (don’t micro-manage) Offer support and guidance when needed Represent university interests
  10. 10. INTERNATIONAL OFFICE KURT HARRIS
  11. 11. International Office Challenges and Best Practices 11 Challenges: Inadequate resources – support for undergrad programs only? Recruitment of students into study abroad programs Training faculty to be travel guides Best Practices: Leave academic aspects to faculty directors and department heads Provide general pre-departure orientation sessions for students Assess programs
  12. 12. FACULTY PAT KEEHLEY
  13. 13. 13 COURSE CREDIT ACTIVITIES TRAVEL LOGISTICS SAFETY FINANCES Travel Companion COMMON COMPONENTS Student Age Instructor Compensation Course Delivery GRADUATE INFLUENCES GRADUATE INFLUENCES
  14. 14. Faculty Challenges and Best Practices 14 Challenges: Students’ ages – different travel expectations Course delivery Financial compensation Liability for student safety Best Practices: Base study abroad courses on existing courses Offer experiences abroad that enhance course learning Allow for student (and faculty) free time abroad
  15. 15. STUDENT KAREN PETERSON
  16. 16. Student Challenges and Best Practices 16 Challenges: Time off (other employment) Arrangements for family and kids Online students may not know other participants Little in common among students due to diverse ages and life experiences Cost - there are limited scholarships and grants for graduate students Best Practices: Opportunities need to be shorter durations Be cognizant of school schedules for K12 systems in your area Make it worthwhile for credit accumulation (not just electives) Provide opportunities for students to meet beforehand Allow students to create unique projects based on interests and expertise
  17. 17. How do we address our challenges? Where do we go from here?
  18. 18. Brainstorm Together 18  What did you learn today about graduate-level study abroad programs?  How will you take what you learned in today’s session and apply it at your university?
  19. 19. QUESTIONS?
  20. 20. Keep the discussion going 20 Website dedicated to the development of successful study abroad programs for graduate students: http://graduateprogramsabroad.weebly.com/
  21. 21. THANK YOU

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