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ERIC Number: ED537437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Forum State of the Field Survey 2009
Blessing, Charlotte; Rayner, Elise; Kreutzer, Kim
Forum on Education Abroad
In October/November 2009, the Forum on Education Abroad conducted its third State of the Field Survey. This survey provides an annual or biannual assessment of key education abroad issues and topics of interest to Forum members and the field of education abroad at large. Previous State of the Field surveys were conducted in 2006 and 2008. The 2009 survey was developed and designed by the Forum Data Committee with input from the Forum Council, and was then managed by the Forum Data Committee in conjunction with Forum staff. A survey invitation was sent by email on October 15, 2009 to each Forum institutional representative. As in previous years, a survey invitation was sent only to institutional representatives so that each institution could submit only one complete survey. Members who received the email invitation were directed to a url link to the online survey. The survey was open through November 23, 2009. 345 members received the invitation to participate and 137 members completed the survey, for a 40% response rate. Survey highlights include: (1) The number of respondents that include international education in their institutional/organizational mission statements has steadily increased since 2006, from 54% to 68%; (2) "Program costs and rising costs" continues to be the primary concern for the survey respondents; (3) Concern for academic quality has dropped from being the number 1 concern in 2006 to the number 5 concern in 2009; (4) U.S. and overseas institutions expect their primary participation growth to be in short-term programs. U.S.-based provider organizations expect their primary participation growth to be in semester programs; and (5) Respondents' top overall concerns for short-term programming were "program costs and rising costs" and "helping students maximize their experience."
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Forum on Education Abroad
Identifiers - Location: United States