According to the 2013 Open Doors Report , 295,000 American college students studied abroad for credit and in non-credit programs. This represents only 10 percent of students who graduated with associates or baccalaureate degrees. In today’s increasingly global workplace, the number is far too low. This special edition of IIENetworker highlights current best practices and explores bold new ideas to help us reach the Generation Study Abroad commitment—to double the number of Americans who study abroad.
We feature a breadth of perspectives that reflect the many pieces of the puzzle. Articles focus on high-potential areas of growth in study abroad, including STEM programs, co-curricular programs, community college students, and gap years. Authors range from colleagues in university global offices to those in doctoral programs, not-for-profit associations, and governments. As the ultimate aim of Generation Study Abroad is to assure that every U.S. student has the opportunity to take part in an international experience, an entire section is devoted to views on how to expand diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, and academic disciplines.
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