Cleveland State University

Ohio Success Plan - Office of Student Learning Assessment

Study Abroad

Outcomes

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Goal: CSU students from varying backgrounds and disciplines will participate in study abroad programs.

Outcome Measures Research Method Findings Review Actions Improvements
           
#1 Number of students participating. We produced a new survey to gauge students' awareness of study abroad at CSU and find out what keeps them from pursuing it. Cost is the biggest deterant to studying abroad for the majority of students. Time constraints is second. Loss of income while abroad was third. Need to more effectively advertise lower cost opportunities to study abroad at CSU. To continue to seek high quality/low cost programs. Need to request more scholarship money from the Provost's Office. 1. Extensive research has been done to research cheaper options for students.
2. Materials now available to introduce lower cost programs. Student assistant thoroughly trained and familiar with less expensive options for advising students with limited budgets and financial aid.
3. Need to address problem of no funding for Honors students to study abroad on semester programs.
1. Number of students going on the less expensive programs has increased. These include programs in Mexico, S. Africa, France, the Netherlands, England, and elsewhere.
2. Number of exchange programs has increased, which also helps in keeping costs down.
           
#2 Number of students involved in less expensive options. Data sets collected for CSU Institutional Research, "Open Doors" national survey, and for office use. Number of independent and exchange students studying abroad has increased each year for the past five years except for 2005-2006 when there was a dip in the number. Faculty-led program participation also dipped summer 06. Reasons for dip in enrollment are unclear but may be economic. Continue to seek out direct enrollment and less expensive options. 1. Number of students going on the less expensive programs has increased. These include programs in Mexico, S. Africa, France, the Netherlands, England, and elsewhere.
2. Number of exchange programs has increased.
   
#3 Percentage of students of color participating. Analysis done by survey but not limited to students of color. Most common barrier is the assumption that study abroad is too expensive. Second, is time constraints. Third is loss of income. Last year, CSU had the highest percentage ever of minority students studying abroad. How do we replicate and maintain that? Continue to work closely with ODAMA on scholarship opportunities. Gather resources for students of color who want to study abroad, especially in places where they may face discrimination. Minority students feel comfortable coming in and talking with our staff.
           
#4 Number of students from underrepresented majors/fields participating in study abroad. Analysis done through "Open Doors" report and Institutional Research stats. Science majors are not studying abroad. Also, few from Fine Arts and not enough from Comm considering size of their program. Graduate students are interested but not many have followed through due to lack of programs. The situation is common throughout schools in the U.S. except those that have special study abroad programs for targeted groups. Establishment of new exchange program to Germany for Communication majors. New short Business programs for grad students. Number of Communication majors studying abroad has increased. Number of graduate students studying abroad has increased slightly and will continue to increase.
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Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, AC225
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Parker Hannifin Admin. Center 225
2300 Euclid Avenue

Phone: 216.875.9712
Contact
Marius Boboc, Director
216.875.9712
m.boboc@csuohio.edu


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