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ERIC Number: EJ891483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Assessing International Opportunities in Higher Education: A Matrix-Based Assessment Tool
Kaufman, Sophie R.; Ekstrom, David N.; Shortridge-Baggett, Lillie M.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v13 p23-42 Nov 2006
The pressure on academic institutions to develop sustainable programs is felt both internally and externally. Owing to shrinking operating budgets, universities will only support programs that relate directly to their mission and that are financially viable. External expectations come from funding agencies that typically require institutions to be able to sustain their programs within and often beyond a designated period. Therefore, the authors believe that this is the best of times for education abroad professionals to learn some lessons from the business world. Faced with a growing number of international opportunities, the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University adapted a business model to assess which opportunities to pursue. Employing a product portfolio matrix approach, the International Opportunities Assessment (IOA) Tool was developed to assess new international ventures using the parameters of Market Attractiveness and Institutional Resources. The tool was piloted on a study abroad nursing course featuring a trip to Iceland. The tool assisted in prioritizing program development for international opportunities. In this article, the authors describe the development of this tool, and in order to demonstrate its use, they provide an example of its application in the assessment of a study abroad course for nursing students at the Lienhard School of Nursing. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland