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dc.contributor.advisorGregori-Gahan, Heidi M.
dc.contributor.advisorAakhus, Patricia
dc.contributor.advisorRivers, Thomas M.
dc.contributor.authorVernon, Nicole M.
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-09T18:13:44Z
dc.date.available2019-12-09T18:13:44Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12419/357
dc.descriptionThesis available in Rice Library University Archives and Special Collection.
dc.description.abstractGlobal competence is a necessity for students at institutions of higher education to be successful in their careers, no matter which path of study or career field they choose. Students who choose to pursue an International Studies degree at USI should be required to study abroad in some capacity, as they will be the next leaders in the internationally diverse work force. In order to devise a suitable plan which would cover these issues and find appropriate solutions to the reasons why study abroad is not currently a requirement, research was conducted in these areas: reasons why students study abroad while attending a higher education institution, positive and negative effects of study abroad, sources of funding for those who are financially hindered from studying abroad, solutions for other barriers that hinder students from studying abroad, and how studying abroad shapes higher education. Also, research was conducted on those public higher education institutions that are similar in size to USI which currently have study abroad requirements (and alternate equivalents), as well as models of learning outcomes. Finally, a survey was given to all International Studies majors to gauge their attitudes on study abroad. A summary of findings, including national initiatives to promote the growth of study abroad and how this can help to establish a study abroad requirement at USI, was explored in a thorough literature review. International Studies majors' positive attitudes toward a study abroad requirement was discovered through the conducted survey and various models that can be applied to establishing a study abroad requirement at USI are reviewed.
dc.titleMeeting the needs of a rising global competence : study abroad as a requirement
html.description.abstractGlobal competence is a necessity for students at institutions of higher education to be successful in their careers, no matter which path of study or career field they choose. Students who choose to pursue an International Studies degree at USI should be required to study abroad in some capacity, as they will be the next leaders in the internationally diverse work force. In order to devise a suitable plan which would cover these issues and find appropriate solutions to the reasons why study abroad is not currently a requirement, research was conducted in these areas: reasons why students study abroad while attending a higher education institution, positive and negative effects of study abroad, sources of funding for those who are financially hindered from studying abroad, solutions for other barriers that hinder students from studying abroad, and how studying abroad shapes higher education. Also, research was conducted on those public higher education institutions that are similar in size to USI which currently have study abroad requirements (and alternate equivalents), as well as models of learning outcomes. Finally, a survey was given to all International Studies majors to gauge their attitudes on study abroad. A summary of findings, including national initiatives to promote the growth of study abroad and how this can help to establish a study abroad requirement at USI, was explored in a thorough literature review. International Studies majors' positive attitudes toward a study abroad requirement was discovered through the conducted survey and various models that can be applied to establishing a study abroad requirement at USI are reviewed.
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Arts in Liberal Studies
dc.typeThesis (M.A.L.S.)--University of Southern Indiana, 2011


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