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So You’re Interested in Developing a Study Abroad Program…

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union


This session is intended for faculty interested in exploring what’s involved in developing and leading a study abroad program at MSU. The presenters will focus on providing basic framing information, introduce available resources, and share their experiences as program leaders. Topics will include academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning; program design; and planning and logistics. In addition, participants will receive an overview of the formal steps involved in program development from concept to implementation. Bring your ideas and come ready to brainstorm with colleagues!

Registration is required and free (http://fod.msu.edu/events/so-you%E2%80%99re-interested-developing-study-abroad-program) (The registration link is at the upper left of the page). Lunch will be provided.



Study Abroad Revisited: Purpose, Promise and Participation

Monday, October 20th, 2014

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Location: Lake Huron Room, MSU Union


Featuring Susan Twombly , Professor of Higher Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Kansas; and Mark Salisbury, Assistant Dean and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Augustana College (Illinois).

Over the past year, responding to a call from Provost Youatt to rethink study abroad at MSU, wide ranging campus discussions have focused on envisaging what study abroad, a staple of the MSU brand, should look like in the future. These conversations have taken place in the context of President Simon’s Bolder by Design initiative, which has focused campus discussion on student success and an enhanced student experience, and in the national context of Generation Study Abroad, an initiative designed to harness national energy to double outbound student mobility by 2020. The recent publication of a comprehensive monograph on the state of study abroad in U.S. higher education (Study Abroad in a New Global Century: Renewing the Promise, Refining the Purpose (2012). S.B. Twombly, M.H. Salisbury, S.D. Tumanut, and P. Klute (2012); ASHE Higher Education Report; Wiley), has helped guide campus discussion on topics ranging from the history and changing purposes of study abroad, to program types, participation statistics, and learning outcomes. The volume provides critical perspectives on current practice and offers a series of actionable recommendations to increase participation and fine-tune learning outcomes. Join us today for a kick-off seminar with the monograph’s lead authors, who will provide context for and an overview of their book, followed by an open discussion. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) and will be followed later in the year with sessions focusing specifically on the question of increasing participation among underrepresented demographics (see below and in the Spring brochure).

Registration is required and free (http://fod.msu.edu/events/study-abroad-revisited-purpose-promise-and-participation) (The registration link is at the upper left of the page). Lunch will be provided.



Generation Study Abroad: Making Study Abroad Accessible to All Students (session 1)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union


Last fall, Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir kicked-off a campus-wide conversation on under-representation in study abroad and its potential benefit for key diversity targets within Bolder by Design. We continued this focus through campus review of Study Abroad in a New Global Century: Renewing the Promise, Refining the Purpose (Twombly et al. 2012 ASHE 38:4). The recurring theme was who studies abroad, who doesn’t and why? In response to IIE’s national call to increase study abroad participation, Provost Youatt emphasized our collective focus on student success through High Impact Learning Strategies and set our Generation Study Abroad goal to increase participation for first-generation, high-need, and under-represented minorities.

This session is the first of three intended to identify barriers and solutions to increase access for these populations. Panelists will explain how they joined Generation Study Abroad by overcoming real and perceived obstacles.

Registration is required and free (http://fod.msu.edu/events/generation-study-abroad-making-study-abroad-accessible-all-students-session-1) (The registration link is at the upper left of the page). Lunch will be provided.



Enhancing the Student Experience: Adding an Experiential Component to your Study Abroad Program

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union


Student success is at the heart of MSU’s Bolder by Design initiative. High-impact-learning opportunities play an important role in this context since they can improve students’ academic performance and accelerate their graduation. High-impact-learning happens when students are actively engaged in their learning and when learning is applied in their personal and work environments. While study abroad in and of itself has been included in the growing list of high-impact-learning activities by AAC&U, George Kuh, and others, its impact on student learning can be even more powerful when carefully designed experiential components are added. Today’s workshop highlights some of these components by showcasing three kinds of high-impact education abroad practices: international internships, international undergraduate research, and international community engagement. Join us for an engaging panel discussion and connect with experts on this topic.

Registration is required and free (http://fod.msu.edu/events/enhancing-student-experience-adding-experiential-component-your-study-abroad-program) (The registration link is at the upper left of the page). Lunch will be provided.



Generation Study Abroad: Making Study Abroad Accessible to All Students (session 2)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union


This session is the second of three intended to identify barriers and solutions to increase access to education abroad for students who are first-generation, high-need, and under-represented minorities. The first session, on October 29th last year, established that education abroad was a high impact learning experience for that session’s panelists. In today’s session, a panel of MSU experts from offices that support these populations will present what is already being done to facilitate education abroad for their students and what still needs to happen in order to make education abroad accessible to more of them. They will focus on the question, “Who does not study abroad and why, and what can we do about it?”

Join us as we begin to develop an action agenda around this urgent topic.

Registration is required and free. (http://fod.msu.edu/opportunities-intended-participants?field_event_category_tid=40) Lunch will be provided.



Helping Students “Pack For” and “Unpack” their International Learning Experiences

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union


While best practice in the field of education abroad has long held that comprehensive pre-departure preparation is one of the trademarks of study abroad programming excellence, structured post-program reflection as a crucial component of successful learning abroad is a more recent development. Student motivations for a learning abroad experience vary widely. They can benefit from programming which helps them connect the dots of their learning experiences with real life skills. Employers and graduate programs value learning abroad experiences when students can articulate the benefits derived from them. Beginning with an overview of the connections between the before, during, and after components of study abroad, this session then introduces models for (1) pre-departure orientation sessions designed to optimize student learning and development abroad by providing frameworks for engagement on site; and (2) post-program reflection that can assist students in connecting their international and on-campus learning and development. Participants will learn about MSU’s “Packing For and Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience” workshops and receive tools for how to help students connect skills gained on study abroad to their academic, personal, and professional development.

Participants will receive a copy of Maximizing Study Abroad: A Students’ Guide to Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use (Paige et al. 2002).

Registration is required and free. (http://fod.msu.edu/opportunities-intended-participants?field_event_category_tid=40) Lunch will be provided.



Moving from Rhetoric to Practice: Recruiting and Supporting Underrepresented Students for Education Abroad

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Location: Lake Huron Room, MSU Union


Featuring Aaron Bruce, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University

This is the third and last session in our workshop series around identifying barriers and solutions to increase access to education abroad for first-generation, high-need, and under-represented minority students. In the first two sessions, we heard from colleagues from these populations about their education abroad experiences and from MSU experts whose work supports these students. Today's session focuses on the second part of the question, "Who does not study abroad and why, and what can we do about it?"

Today's speaker, Dr. Aaron Bruce, is an MSU alumnus and currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University. He employs creative approaches to promoting diversity in a variety of ways and has a passion for helping students see the world through new lenses. Dr. Bruce works to inspire students to get out of their comfort zones and "live, learn, and work abroad." An advocate for global education and an International Multicultural Institute certified diversity trainer, Dr. Bruce has traveled extensively and is committed to making a difference in the world.

Join us for a discussion about how we can work together to enhance all of our students' experience through education abroad.

Registration is required and free. (http://fod.msu.edu/opportunities-intended-participants?field_event_category_tid=40) Lunch will be provided.



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