Global Studies

Horizons Study Abroad Experience.  Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) (approved Validated Practice 10/31/16) Purdue University’s Horizons in Spain experience expands global educational opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups. Prior to the generous grant provided to Horizons by the Office of the Provost, Horizons staff supported and encouraged students to study abroad, however participation was negatively affected due to cost, a general lack of information, and low confidence in their abilities to travel abroad. Student confidence levels were measured through pre and post evaluations which revealed100% of participants increased in confidence in the following areas: navigating through unfamiliar environments, cross-cultural communication, knowledge of their discipline in a global context, ability to perform a job in a global context, and ability to make a difference in the world.

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Evaluation Tools for a Study Abroad Program.  Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) (approved Administrative Practice 10/31/16) This administrative best practice uses the learning experience in Spain during 2014 as the case study for the use of the evaluation tools described in this document.  In the study abroad excursions to South Africa and Costa Rica, student confidence levels were measured through pre and post evaluations which ultimately revealed that 100% of participants increased in confidence in the following areas: navigating through unfamiliar environments, cross-cultural communication, knowledge of their discipline in a global context, ability to perform a job in a global context, and ability to make a difference in the world, among others.  

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Procedures for a Study Abroad Program.  Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) (approved Administrative Practice 10/31/16) This administrative best practice focuses on logistics and procedures for conducting a travel abroad program. The case study is from the recent three-week course in Valencia, Spain and other locations in-country.  The Horizons in Spain experience increased the number of first-generation, low income college students who are more knowledgeable about and are participating in study abroad experiences. Horizons is leading outreach efforts on Purdue’s campus to strengthen participants’ knowledge about the benefits of study abroad and the opportunities that exist, develop an awareness of study abroad scholarships that can subsidize their experience, and increase confidence in first-generation college-goers that they can study abroad and do so successfully.

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Creating Global Experiences for First-Generation and Limited Income College Students.  Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN) (approved Validated Practice 10/31/16)  As we live in a global-based economy, geopolitics and intercultural society – undergraduate students must gain experiential learning and navigating other cultures from a global perspective. Yet, many non-traditional and underrepresented students are less likely to participate in long-term or short-term global experiences.  The barriers and obstacles are too great to overcome for participation in a global experience.  This program provides faculty, support services and administrators both a research context on barriers and actual practical opportunities to overcome obstacles facing nontraditional and underrepresented college students. Creating global opportunities illustrates significance of having a structured global opportunity which consists of: (1) other limited income and first generation students (creating a sense of community); (2) staff and faculty who are trusted by underrepresented students (creating a trusted and confident environment of support; and (3) integrated academic content and cultural knowledge (creating a meaningful growth experience).

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