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ERIC Number: EJ801294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-20
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
All Abroad! Overseas Study Required
Fischer, Karin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n41 pA1 Jun 2008
Goucher College's picturesque campus, on 290 leafy acres just north of Baltimore, plays well in college-admissions materials. Officials at this private liberal-arts institution, however, hope students will also be attracted by the opportunity to get away. Two years ago, Goucher began requiring all students to earn some academic credit abroad, one of possibly just two American colleges to make overseas study mandatory. Eric Singer, associate dean of international studies, says Goucher officials wanted to "convey in no uncertain terms that a cross-cultural experience is critical." They also hope that the requirement, which comes with a $1,200 voucher to help defray some of the expense, will make the college distinctive to prospective students. With academic, business, and political leaders in agreement that international study is one of the best ways to produce globally literate citizens, administrators at other institutions say they are closely following Goucher's experience as they seek to increase their own foreign-study participation rates. Administrators have wrestled with concerns over cost and capacity as they seek programs of sufficient variety and quality to accommodate growing demand. In this first phase, at least, Goucher has found itself relying on short, faculty-led trips as it begins the slow process of vetting longer-term programs. Some faculty members and students, however, have questioned the educational value of such brief stints abroad. A number of professors say they sometimes feel in over their heads as they struggle to be both academics and travel coordinators. Faculty buy-in is important, international-education experts say. Without it, foreign study risks becoming disconnected from the rest of the college experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland