Research, Research, Research: Study Abroad

September 8, 2010

What: Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative (GLOSSARI)

Research Question: How does study abroad affect academic performance?

Who: Don Rubin, research director

Where: 35-institution University System of Georgia

How: 10 year research project involving students who studied abroad and control groups

Results: almost too many to list! Here’s a start…

  • Improved academic performance upon returning
  • Higher graduation rates
  • Improved knowledge of cultural practices and context
  • Improves academic performance of at-risk students

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“I think if there’s one take-home message from this research as a whole it is that study abroad does not undermine educational outcomes, it doesn’t undermine graduation rate, it doesn’t undermine final semester GPA. It’s not a distraction.” Don Rubin

Read the whole article at InsideHigherEd.com


Think College Now

June 4, 2010

From Forbes Magazine, July 7, 2010

Have you hear about Think College Now?

Maybe you should… Here are the facts!

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Think College Now is a public elementary school of 300 students in Oakland, California. The goal is to have all the students attend college.

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THE BEST PART – Thinking College

  • Hallways, notebooks and t-shirts bear emblems of various colleges
  • Classes divided into groups named after Ivy League schools
  • Signs that say “Am I making college-bound choices today?”

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Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

  • 95% qualify for subsidized lunches
  • 60% speak English as a second language
  • In the city of Oakland, only 68% of students graduate from high school

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The Proof

  • In 2009, 66% of the students speak English at grade level, versus 10% in 2003.
  • In 2009, 81% of the students are math proficient at grade level, versus 23% in 2003.

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The Academics

  • Clear standards and ways to meet them
  • Frequent testing, transparent results and quick intervention
  • Active parents’ organization to support children

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Foreign Exchange

October 12, 2009

According to The New York Times, “Fewer than 10% of American undergraduates study abroad for credit.”  Which school sends the most students abroad?  Click here to find out.