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Best Practices in Globalizing Engineering Students

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session I Study Abroad Programs

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Allison Wright Texas Tech University

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Allison Wright is an SIT Graduate Institute Alum focusing on Education Abroad and is currently the Director of Texas Tech University's International Engineering Programs overseeing the implementation of the International Experience Initiative. Previously she has worked for an international provider in London and for North Dakota State University.
Allison is a two-time alum of international programs in Caen, France and Istanbul, Turkey. She is an active member of the International Education field, attending workshops in non-traditional majors, internships, student advising, and best practices.

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Ashley Nicole Haseley Texas Tech University

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Ashley Haseley has a master’s degree from Concordia University, Irvine in International Studies with a focus on Education. She currently works for the International Engineering Programs Office at Texas Tech University. She spent a year completing her master’s degree in Shanghai, China and did research on job satisfaction with Chinese teachers. She has previous experience with service abroad in Sabah, Malaysia and studied abroad throughout different countries in Europe. Since January 2015, she has been with the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering where she continues to grow programs and provide guidance for the International Experience Initiative. She is also an active member in the international field, presenting, attending workshops and focusing on best practices.

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In the fall of 2013, Texas Tech University (TTU) and the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering (WCOE) implemented a requirement for all undergraduate engineering students to participate in an international experience as part of their degree plan. The intent behind this initiative is to facilitate the preparation of future engineers at the college level to become part of an ever-increasing international profession. In the implementation of the International Experience Initiative (IEI), the members of the International Engineering Programs (IEP) Office discovered a series of best practices to help globalize engineering students. These best practices include leveraging advisors and peer advisors to educate and recruit students on their international opportunities, the marketing of programs, and maximizing partnerships and creating customized programs. Marketing is an essential tool needed to promote programs. Since the IEI’s inception, IEP updated its website, created flyers for all programs, and established email marketing for engineering students. Throughout this paper, we will provide examples of creative material, data on the increase in student participation and of web traffic as a direct result of marketing. Through partnerships with providers, IEP collaborates to create diverse programs that meet student interests, personal needs, and future career goals. This is done by examining past, present, and future programming with specific partners. In the past, IEP created an ongoing summer research exchange with Universidad del Norte (UniNorte) using the support services of International Studies Abroad (ISA). Today, IEP and Butler University Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler) collaborated to create a program that has curriculum available for multiple universities that focuses on engineering and culture. Looking toward the future, IEP and Cultural Experience Abroad (CEA) are creating three geographically diverse programs while integrating engineering curriculum and cultural immersion.

Wright, A., & Haseley, A. N. (2016, June), Best Practices in Globalizing Engineering Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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