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  1. Study Abroad Promotional Tactics: Program Providers in Critical Language Host Countries [Download]

    Title: Study Abroad Promotional Tactics: Program Providers in Critical Language Host Countries
    Author: Kardos, Lauren
    Description: As rationales of United States (U.S.) national security interests are cited as reasons to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad, it is useful to understand how providers of study abroad programs are reacting to perceived demand. U.S. agencies including the Department of Defense and the Department of State emphasize increasing the number of speakers of critical languages in the country through funding study abroad initiatives. This thesis seeks to understand how study abroad providers define a target student audience and conduct outreach campaigns to attain enrollment for critical language programs. Specifically, providers of programs to countries that speak Arabic, Chinese, and Russian are examined through online survey, website review, and phone interviews. Findings suggest that providers target high-achieving students from particular academic concentrations and conduct an array of outreach activities in conjunction with university partnership-building. These targeting and outreach practices are in response to real and perceived challenges in the market for critical language study abroad programs. A secondary aim for this study was to catalog marketing processes used by providers and share these resources as best practices in the field.
    Keywords: study abroad, promotion, providers, critical languages, higher education, international education
    Date Uploaded: 06/29/2017
  2. Capturing Good Practices in Girls’ Education Around the World [Download]

    Title: Capturing Good Practices in Girls’ Education Around the World
    Author: Elizabeth Solem
    Description: This capstone project is a proposal responding to a terms of reference presented by a nonprofit organization. This organization gives grants to burgeoning grassroots organizations working with vulnerable and marginalized children in low- and middle-income countries. Among the grantees, a significant number of partner organizations work on issues of girls' access to quality education. The funding nonprofit organization seeks to identify and understand good practices among its 20 girls' education partners, which is the main objective of the terms of reference. As this capstone is a proposal, I present my background knowledge on girls' education and the partner organizations, the purpose of the good practices assessment, my methodology and framework, my data collection tools, a timeline and a budget. This poster highlights the main components of my proposal.
    Keywords: International Education Program Capstone 2017, girls' education, assessment, good practice, GSEHD
    Date Uploaded: 04/26/2017
  3. Social Identity Exploration: International Students from Mainland China [Download]

    Title: Social Identity Exploration: International Students from Mainland China
    Author: Gao, Shuai Janet
    Description: Drawing upon current literature of Chinese international students as well as existing knowledge of social identity theory, this qualitative research explores the impact of ethnic identity on Chinese international students' identity development in the United States. Based on the data from the interviews with participants self-identified as Chinese international undergraduate students from a large private not-for-profit research university, findings support Phinney's (1995) model of ethnic identity development and has confirmed that the acculturation process for Chinese international students is two-dimensional rather than linear. Taken together, results of the current study add strength to current literature and will inform research on identity development for international students in the United States. Furthermore, policy implications derived from this study will benefit higher education practitioners and increase Chinese international students' overall international exchange experience on campus.
    Keywords: Research Days 2017, International students, Social identity
    Date Uploaded: 04/17/2017
  4. The College Application Gauntlet: A Systematic Analysis of the Steps to Four-Year College Enrollment [Download]

    Title: The College Application Gauntlet: A Systematic Analysis of the Steps to Four-Year College Enrollment
    Author: Klasik, Daniel
    Description: Few studies have examined the steps to college enrollment between college aspiration and college enrollment and how these steps might present a barrier to four-year college enrollment. This study used data from the Education Longitudinal Study: 2002 and employed a multivariate random effects logistic framework to examine the completion of nine steps to enrollment based on student background characteristics and the completion of prior steps. Racial and family income gaps in step completion can be mostly accounted for by differences in academic preparation. Accounting for social and cultural capital reduced, but did not eliminate, remaining gaps. Finally, completion of early steps strongly predicts completion of later steps, though this momentum appeared much stronger for White students than Black or Hispanic ones. The findings suggest college coaching programs should target students early in their high school careers and work to foster college aspirations and provide information about steps to college enrollment.
    Keywords: Steps to college enrollment, Racial and income differences, Four-year college aspiration, Four-year college enrollment
    Date Uploaded: 02/26/2016
  5. The ACT of Enrollment: The College Enrollment Effects of State-Required College Entrance Exam Testing [Download]

    Title: The ACT of Enrollment: The College Enrollment Effects of State-Required College Entrance Exam Testing
    Author: Klasik, Daniel
    Description: Since 2001 Colorado, Illinois, and Maine have all enacted policies that require high school juniors to take college entrance exams—the SAT or the ACT. One goal of these policies was to increase college enrollment based on the belief that requiring students to take these exams would make students more likely to consider college as a viable option. Relying on quasi-experimental methods and synthetic control comparison groups, this article presents the effects of this state-mandated college entrance-exam testing. Based on both state- and individual-level analyses I find evidence that entrance exam policies were associated with increases in overall college enrollment in Illinois and that such policies re-sorted students in all three states between different types of institutions. In particular, Colorado saw an increase in enrollment at private four-year institutions, while Illinois and Maine both saw a decrease in enrollment at pubic two-year institutions. Increases in enrollment at schools that require entrance exams for admissions support the hypothesis that lack of exam scores can present barriers to college entry.
    Keywords: College enrollment, Higher education policy, SAT, ACT , Synthetic control, College entrance exams
    Date Uploaded: 02/26/2016
  6. Agent-Based Simulation Models of the College Sorting Process [Download]

    Title: Agent-Based Simulation Models of the College Sorting Process
    Author: Reardon, Sean
    Description: We explore how dynamic processes related to socioeconomic inequality operate to sort students into, and create stratification among, colleges. We use an agent-based model to simulate a stylized version of this sorting processes in order to explore how factors related to family resources might influence college application choices and college enrollment. We include two types of “agents”—students and colleges—to simulate a two-way matching process that iterates through three stages: application, admission, and enrollment. Within this model, we examine how five mechanisms linking students’ socioeconomic background to college sorting might influence socioeconomic stratification between colleges including relationships between student resources and: achievement; the quality of information used in the college selection process; the number of applications students submit; how students value college quality; and the students’ ability to enhance their apparent caliber. We find that the resources-achievement relationship explains much of the student sorting by resources but that other factors also have non-trivial influences.
    Keywords: Socioeconomic inequality, College sorting, College admission, College enrollment
    Date Uploaded: 02/26/2016
  7. Research Related to the International Baccalaureate: An Annotated Bibliography of 2014 Studies [Download]

    Title: Research Related to the International Baccalaureate: An Annotated Bibliography of 2014 Studies
    Author: Engel, Laura C.
    Description: This report attempts to chronicle the research published on the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2014. The annotated bibliography is organized into sections by IB programs, geographic regions, and topics to assist the reader in locating the most pertinent or useful resources. Descriptions of the individual pieces of research are meant to provide a brief overview of the content of publications, and in no way represent the whole of the background, methodological considerations or findings found therein. The list is intended to be as inclusive as possible, and no value judgments were made on the validity of the findings or rigor of the studies included in the report.
    Keywords: International Baccalaureate Programs, International Schools, International Education
    Date Uploaded: 12/10/2015