SP4.7: Strengthening Existing Opportunities for Students to Study Abroad
Binghamton University has determined that increasing access to study abroad is a priority to enhance students' intercultural awareness and competencies for leadership in an increasingly interdependent world. The Office of International Programs (OIP) aims to improve administrative efficiency and service and identify additional study-abroad opportunities. A key component to improving efficiency and service is implementation of an enrollment management software program. At the same time, OIP has hired a new study-abroad coordinator to increase advising and program-management capacity. The new coordinator and OIP hope to continue to build on the increased interest of students in study-abroad opportunities, as evidenced by record attendance at our Study Abroad Fair and increased participation in summer and winter intersession international programs.
Goals advanced under this project:
- Enhance the University’s social impact on the Global community
- Enhance the University’s cultural impact on the Global Community
Indicators of Success for these goals are:
- To increase the number of international projects by 10% over the next 5 years
- Increase the number of graduates who are living internationally by 5% every year for the next 5 years
Milestones completed since last progress report:
- Stephen Capobianco, the new study abroad coordinator hired in December in 2013 has assumed a full portfolio of study abroad program management.
- The University’s Information Technology Services approved a license of Terra Dotta, a study abroad enrollment management software program.
- By virtue of a solid outreach and advising program and with a full portfolio of faculty- led study abroad program in 2013-2014, we exceeded our targets for enrolment in study abroad programs. Enrollment grew by 13% over the previous year when there were 524 participants. The 2013-2014 there were 600 participants.
- Meetings with the International Education Advisory Committee and the Office of International Programs staff were successful in clarifying values as an underpinning for a study abroad strategic plan. A draft plan is under discussion.
- The International Education Advisory Committee completed a plan for assessment and evaluations of study abroad programs, which includes assessment of learning outcomes for faculty-led programs.
Last Updated: 9/12/14