Publication Date

Fall 11-11-2013

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Rodman

Second Advisor

Dr. David Schallenberger

Abstract

Access Abroad is an innovative short-term, faculty-led education abroad design that increases accessible, transformative study abroad programming and enhances academic and intercultural program quality for students enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) at The College of New Jersey. The unique design of Access Abroad harnesses key institutional and financial resources at the college to allow 12 EOF undergraduate students to study in La Paz, Bolivia for four weeks in May 2015 with a faculty leader from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The curriculum will foster student exploration of culture, identity, and community and contribute to the development of self-authorship skills by incorporating learning partnership and experiential learning models with the socially dynamic and multicultural setting of Bolivia. The design acknowledges that education abroad is a vital component of higher education in the 21st century and that access to participate is often restricted for students with low socioeconomic status and limited financial support. As more students travel abroad as part of their collegiate experience, the gap between those who can afford education abroad and those who cannot widens. Access Abroad seeks to fulfill a vision of higher education that is equitable, free from discrimination, and accessible to all.

Disciplines

Educational Sociology | Inequality and Stratification | International and Comparative Education | Sociology of Culture

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