ERIC Number: ED355893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Program Review of Study Abroad.
Burn, Barbara B.; And Others
Three consultants participated in the 1992 review of study abroad programs at the nine campuses in the Florida State University system: Dr. Barbara Burn (lead consultant), Dr. Shelton Cole, and Dr. Charles A. Fliozzo. The review was based on site visits to three of the universities, interviews with personnel from the other six institutions, and self-studies provided by all the institutions. The review found that the State University System (SUS) study abroad programs are impressive in their scope, in the institutional commitment they enjoy, and in the dedication of many faculty and staff at the different universities. This is noteworthy because, at a number of the universities, a heavy teaching load inhibits faculty members from taking on the extra duties that study abroad programs would entail. In addition, study abroad for SUS institutions faces special challenges because of the composition of the student body. A high proportion of SUS students are part-time, commuters, community college transfers, minorities, and majors in business and engineering, thus producing a student profile unlike that of traditionally typical study abroad students. The study found that program improvement could include the following: (1) improved coordination with community colleges; (2) increased participation through various strategies and program models; (3) enhanced administration for fairness and effective management; (4) requirement of 1 year of college level foreign language study; (5) systematic evaluation; (6) professional development for study abroad program administrators; and (7) encouragement for students to consider participation in programs of institutions other than their own. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: State Univ. System of Florida, Tallahassee.