ERIC Number: ED312013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Report of a Study of "Study Abroad" Programs, 1984-88.
Farland, Ronnald; Cepeda, Rita
In 1989, a study was conducted to evaluate the study abroad programs offered for credit by California community colleges. Questionnaires were mailed to chief instructional officers at each community college, requesting information on the programs offered between 1984 and 1985. Study findings, based on responses from all 36 community college districts, included the following: (1) 36 districts reported that students from at least one district college studied abroad during 1988, and five additional districts intended to establish programs in 1989 or 1990; (2) overall, the 36 districts offered a total of 94 study abroad programs in 1988; (3) 2,834 students participated in study abroad programs in 1988, compared to 855 in 1984, 1,275 in 1985, 1,317 in 1986, and 2,512 in 1987; (4) in 1988, two-thirds of the study abroad students were women, two-thirds were between the ages of 18 and 29, and only 12% were Asian, Black, or Hispanic; (5) in 1988, Great Britain was the most popular location for study abroad programs, followed by France and Mexico; (6) in 1988, 32.6% of the credits earned were in foreign languages, 23.7% in humanities, and 16.1% in social sciences; (7) criteria used in faculty assignments included subject matter expertise, variety of courses a faculty member was qualified to teach, demonstrated ability to work under unusual conditions, and language fluency; (8) 64% of the districts reported that student selection was based upon prior completion of a specified number of units; and (9) most districts contracted out for non-instructional program components. Based on study findings and statewide objectives for international education, a series of guidelines for study abroad were developed, covering college policies and/or procedures, faculty selection, student access, security and safety, contractor selection, and promotional materials. The survey instrument is appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Location: California