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ERIC Number: EJ792076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-18
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Study-Abroad Providers Feel Effects of Growing Public Scrutiny
Fischer, Karin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n32 pA40 Apr 2008
Discussions of access and ethics dominated as the Forum on Education Abroad convened its annual meeting this month. During a session on the ethics of pricing study-abroad programs, overseas-study directors said they felt increased pressure to account for their costs, even as the declining value of the dollar drives up expenses. The price tag is now an important factor in program approval, several participants said, while educational content would have been the primary consideration a few years ago. Much of the discussion centered on the issue of home-school tuition, the practice by many, mainly private, institutions of charging their regular tuition to students enrolled at less costly independent study-abroad programs. This year a father sued Wheaton College, in Massachusetts, over the fees charged his daughter, who had studied in South Africa with an outside provider. The outcome of the lawsuit could affect the home-school tuition at colleges throughout the country. Participants also discussed ways to increase the number of students studying abroad and to ensure that those students represent the college population as a whole. A number of speakers said students should have the opportunity to study abroad at different points in their academic careers and on programs that better fit their educational needs. John C. Sunnygard, an international-education consultant stated that colleges should encourage faculty members' participation in study abroad, integrate international education into the curriculum, and use students who have studied abroad to encourage their peers to do so as well.
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