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Ingraham, Edward C.; Peterson, Debra L. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
Michigan State University (MSU) is strongly committed to the idea that study abroad is deeply beneficial and important for undergraduate students. However there is a relative scarcity of systematically gathered qualitative and quantitative information that assesses the impact of study abroad. In the summer of 2000, MSU implemented a broad plan to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Program Evaluation, Student Surveys, Program Effectiveness
Vande Berg, Michael J.; Balkcum, Al; Scheid, Mark; Whalen, Brian J. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
In this article, the authors describe the Georgetown University Consortium Project (GCP), a three-year assessment study designed to document the learning abroad of students from Georgetown University, The University of Minnesota, Rice University, and Dickinson College. Funded by two Department of Education Title VI grants, this ongoing three-year…
Descriptors: College Students, International Education, Consortia, Study Abroad
Orahood, Tammy; Kruze, Larisa; Pearson, Denise Easley – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
As an increasing number of U.S. corporations position themselves for international competition, the demand for cross-culturally competent employees is expected to rise. However, reports suggest that graduates of U.S. business schools lack cross-cultural skills, prompting employers to recruit international students. The authors designed a study…
Descriptors: Assignments, Cultural Awareness, Program Effectiveness, Corporations
Tonkin, Humphrey; Quiroga, Diego – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
International service-learning combines aspects of conventional study abroad with aspects of conventional service-learning, offering an exceptional degree of integration into a target culture and an intensive experience of community service. The present study describes an effort to establish, through qualitative assessment, the degree to which…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Service Learning, Program Effectiveness, Learning Experience
Dwyer, Mary M. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
Conventional wisdom in the study abroad field has held that more is better; that is, the longer students study abroad the more significant the academic, cultural development and personal growth benefits that accrue. The standard assumption is that meaningful advancement in language learning and other academic disciplines using a culture-specific…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Statistical Analysis, Social Development
Chieffo, Lisa; Griffiths, Lesa – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
As national boundaries have lost their traditional significance over the past thirty years through increased travel, global telecommunications, and international trade and investment, it has become important for individuals to possess firsthand experience with other cultures. Traditionally, American undergraduates accomplish this by studying…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, International Trade, World Geography, Cultural Awareness
Medina-Lopez-Portillo, Adriana – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
Given the growing emphasis on internationalizing higher education and the rapidly increasing number of students embarking on study abroad programs each year, research on student learning outcomes, especially those related to cultural learning, is assuming greater value and relevance. The author conducted a study that aims to enhance one's…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Intercultural Programs
Trooboff, Stevan; Cressey, William; Monty, Susan – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
Academic officers at U.S. colleges and universities face a number of important decisions regarding how credits and grades earned overseas as part of a study abroad program should be incorporated into students' home academic records. The purpose of this article is to take a closer look at the way grades are handled at home institutions and the way…
Descriptors: Academic Records, Grade Point Average, Colleges, International Educational Exchange
Engle, Lilli; Engle, John – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
Study abroad professionals have attempted in recent years to bring a statistical objectivity to the evaluation of the American study abroad experience. The complexity of international education is such that it is far from easy to move towards significant, objectively measurable, and comparable outcomes. This article presents a preliminary…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, International Education, Testing, Language Tests
DiBiasio, David; Mello, Natalie A. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
At Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) a Global Perspective Program (GPP) has evolved that provides an international experience for most graduates. Currently more than half of WPI students travel internationally to do academic work. WPI sends more engineering students abroad than any other U.S. university, and it is ranked second in the nation…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Program Effectiveness, Study Abroad, Engineering Education
Paige, R. Michael; Cohen, Andrew D.; Shively, Rachel L. – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2004
In this study, the authors explore the impact of the study abroad experience, in general, and the impact of a curriculum intervention, in particular, on students' intercultural development, second language acquisition, and culture and language learning strategies of 86 study abroad participants from seven Minnesota colleges and universities. They…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Intervention, Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies
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