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Evaluating Study Abroad Programs: A Follow-Up Effort to Determine Comparative Value and Importance in Engineering and Non-Engineering Programs

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

International Division Technical Session 2

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International

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

27

DOI

10.18260/p.26757

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https://peer.asee.org/26757

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95

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Holt Zaugg PhD Brigham Young University

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Holt Zaugg is the Assessment Librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. His research interests focus on assessments and evaluations that improve student learning and integrate library services with other faculty courses.

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Gregg Morris Warnick Brigham Young University

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Gregg M. Warnick is the Director of the Weidman Center for Global Leadership and Associate Teaching Professor of Engineering Leadership within the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). The center provides oversight for leadership development and international activities within the college and he works actively with students, faculty and staff to promote and develop increased capabilities in global agility and leadership. His research and teaching interests include developing global agility, globalization, leadership, project management, ethics, and manufacturing processes. Gregg has lived in numerous locations within the USA and Europe and has worked in many places including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to joining BYU, Gregg worked for Becton Dickinson, a Global Medical Technology fortune 500 Company. In this capacity he worked as a product development engineer, quality engineer, technical lead, business leader and program/project manager managing many different global projects. Gregg received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Technology Management degree and a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, from Brigham Young University. Gregg also does consulting in project management and leadership working with IPS Learning and Stanford University where he provides training for fortune 500 companies throughout the world.

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Alan R. Parkinson Brigham Young University

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Alan Parkinson was appointed dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology in 2005. Previously he served as chair of Mechanical Engineering from 1995 to 2001. He is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and a fellow of ASME.

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Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Dr. Magleby is a professor in Mechanical Engineering and is the associate dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at BYU where he oversees international program development.

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Timothy L. Elliott Brigham Young University

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Timothy Lynn Elliott directs Brigham Young University’s office of International Study Programs which annually sends more than 1500 students abroad on study abroad, international internship, and international field study programs. Previous to this current position, he directed the study abroad programs at Utah Valley University, and managed international student programs at Brigham Young University and the University of Virginia. Lynn has a BA in Economics and an MA in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

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Kathryn L. Watkins Brigham Young University

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Kathryn is in the last year of her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics.

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Meaghan Lynn Weldele Brigham Young University

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I am currently an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University and will be graduating in April 2016 with a BS in conservation biology. After graduation I plan to attend graduate school in the United Kingdom studying environment and development. I love research and science and look forward to many more experiences abroad.

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Quincey Cole Harold B. Lee Library

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Lindsey R. Barnes

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Abstract

Effective global education requires contact with and interaction between peoples from different nations and cultures. Study abroad programs at universities were developed to afford such interactions. Most models for study abroad programs provide the opportunity for students to travel and live in different countries and to experience the culture there. The intent is that students will return with a greater understanding of similarities and differences between cultures, an enhanced educational experience, insights into future employment, new interpersonal networks, and personal growth. This list forms a core of common competencies that all students should develop regardless of their study abroad program. Usually each college, department, and program also has competencies for students to demonstrate growth and learning that are specific to their discipline. This diversity of program objectives between disciplines can make comparison between programs difficult. This study is a follow-up to implementing a model that facilitates comparison of engineering and non-engineering study abroad programs at a university level. It then takes the initial steps of defining and evaluating study abroad competencies at the college level for engineering students. The study describes the processes used to develop and implement this model. It also describes the comparison found between engineering and non-engineering study abroad programs. Finally, it presents the findings from the evaluation at the College of Engineering level. It provides evidence how this model may be used across campus and and specific levels to evaluate program effectiveness and student learning.

Zaugg, H., & Warnick, G. M., & Parkinson, A. R., & Magleby, S. P., & Elliott, T. L., & Watkins, K. L., & Weldele, M. L., & Cole, Q., & Barnes, L. R. (2016, June), Evaluating Study Abroad Programs: A Follow-Up Effort to Determine Comparative Value and Importance in Engineering and Non-Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26757

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