Study abroad by American students has doubled over the last decade,
BUT not by African-American, Hispanic and Native American students
For example, although African-American students comprise 14 % of postsecondary student enrollment, they make up only 3.4 % of study abroad participants.
Percentage of minorities in the study abroad population (from IIE):
- All minorities: 17%
- Hispanics: 5.6 %,
- Asian Americans: 6.3 %,
- Multiracial: 1 %
- Native Americans: 0.4 %
The numbers are pretty abysmal and unfortunate, as we already know that study abroad experiences can improve academic performance, increase graduation rates and even help at-risk students achieve in academic settings.
The good news is that groups like Bardoli Global are working to increase study abroad participation. Anthony Jewett, executive director and CEO, hopes to change “the face of America abroad.”
Bardoli Global works to combat the five barriers to studying abroad—family, faculty, finances, fear and friends—by providing scholarships and preparing students for their time abroad. Upon returning, students work in teams to procure small grants (of $1,000 to $1,500) to develop social projects with a global dimension.
Read the full article at InsideHigherEd.com
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