Since 9/11, trends in American universities and colleges are the increasing push for study abroad experience. As benefits from study abroad experiences become increasingly evident and tangible in opportunities for scholarship, for research and job prospects, as universities are challenged to prepare and equip students with knowledge, skills and dispositions that should serve them in the era of an increasing global interdependent economy, it is high time to rethink the focus of study abroad programs, whereby existing and newly initiated study abroad programs move from sheer luxury to necessity as they shift their focus from traditional expectations to more assessable and tangible learning outcomes abroad and back home. The paper provides ideas and insights on how U.S. higher institutions can effectively handle the challenges to meet learning expectations in the global era.
|Keywords:||Global Citizenry, Study Abroad, Learning Outcomes, Global Era, Global Interdependence|
Professor of Social Studies Methods and Curriculum Instruction and Supervision, College of Education and Human Services, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Central Michigan University, Midland, USA
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