ATHENS, Ga.—The Office of Global Engagement, as a division of the University of Georgia, has been selected by the Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education (CASSIE) to receive a mini-grant for the purpose of conducting a practical study of student choice pertaining to education abroad focusing on underrepresented students.
As an extension of CASSIE’s singular focus on outcomes, the Office of Global Engagement (OGE) proposed using CASSIE data to investigate student choice pertaining to study abroad with a specific focus on the underrepresented student population. Yana Cornish, Director of Global Education, said, “With the help of this grant, we are striving to expand study abroad accessibility and increase participation of underserved students, with particular consideration for first generation and minority students.”
This project seeks to research and analyze the differences between minority students of the same ethnicity but with differing demographic and achievement factors, and their study abroad experiences or lack thereof. UGA plans to use the results of this mini-grant research to modify current recruitment practices and adapt programs in an effort to reach the underrepresented students.
Dan Rubin, Emeritus Professor, had the following to say about the grant:
“The Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education (CASSIE) is part of the University System of Georgia’s long-term leadership in assuring that education abroad yields measurable and valuable learning outcomes for students of every background and academic major. CASSIE is gratified to provide UGA an opportunity to pursue that same goal by exploring, in depth, factors that either encourage or impede students from less represented groups from experiencing the benefits of studying abroad. UGA is well known nationally and internationally not only as a school that promotes inclusive student participation in education abroad, but also as a site of vigorous research on education abroad outcomes. The CASSIE-sponsored project promises to build on that record of research and innovation in education abroad outcomes.”
About the Office of Global Engagement:
The Office of Global Engagement supports the University of Georgia's academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations. For more information, visit http://globalengagement.uga.edu.