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ERIC Number: ED360925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Study-Abroad Programs Using Surveys of Student Participants. AIR 1993 Annual Forum Paper.
Cash, R. William
Study-abroad programs are among the many academic programs being evaluated in the assessment of colleges and universities. One evaluative tool is the survey of students who participate in these programs. This paper discusses the use of such surveys by St. Mary's College (Indiana) during the past decade to gather information regarding program strengths and weaknesses and assess the impact of the study abroad program on participants. Statistical data are presented showing what St. Mary's College has learned about its study-abroad program and student needs over the years. These data were collected not only from student surveys of those completing their study-abroad programs, but also routinely from incoming freshmen as well as from outcome measures administered during and after the college experience. While the surveys provide compelling evidence of the immediate effects of these programs, long-term effects were found to be more difficult to determine. Part of the value in assessing these programs has been enhancing the school's ability to make program changes and modifying the program experience and student preparation to achieve greater positive impacts. (Contains nine references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A