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ERIC Number: ED519582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Formative Evaluation of the International Academic Mobility Initiative. Final Report
Human Resources Development Canada
The goals of the International Academic Mobility (IAM) Initiative are to advance the development of international skills, knowledge and understanding among students and promote academic co-operation and institutional linkages among colleges and universities. The IAM Initiative includes the administration of two programs created by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) in 1995: the Canada-European Community Program for Co-operation in Higher Education and Training, and the Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education. These programs support consortium-based initiatives that are developed and carried out by Canadian universities and colleges in collaboration with institutions in other countries. The purpose of the formative evaluation was to assess the relevance, design and delivery, and the short-term benefits of the two IAM programs. The evaluation focused on projects accepted for funding between 1995 and 1998. During these years, IAM funded 30 projects under the Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education and 25 projects under the Canada-European Community Program for Co-operation in Higher Education and Training. The methodology used to conduct the formative evaluation included a literature review and surveys of Canadian project directors and educational partners, Canadian applicants, and participating Canadian students. The small sample sizes limit any inference from the survey results to the population of IAM participants and unsuccessful applicants as a whole. Some tentative conclusions are possible, however, based on the literature review and the information gathered by the formative evaluation: (1) The concept of international student exchange is widely supported within the academic community. Both faculty and students endorse the concept, as do studies of international exchange in other countries; (2) It is difficult to identify outcomes in terms of changes to career choice or career progress, but most students believe the experience was beneficial; (3) Consideration could be given to renewable funding for successful projects. The program will benefit from having experienced faculty run projects. To ensure access to a wider number of faculty members, the program could limit the number of awards within any five-year period; and (4) Unsuccessful project applicants require additional feedback. These applicants should be viewed as a resource that with some coaching will become proponents of successful projects. (Contains 12 tables and 27 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Development Canada
Identifiers - Location: Canada