Dalton State Pledges to Increase Participation in Study Abroad
July 21, 2014
In an effort to prepare students better to live and work in a global society, Dalton State College has pledged to join the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.
“We are increasingly aware that we must prepare our students to compete and thrive in a global marketplace,” says Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dalton State. “Expanding opportunities for students to travel and study in other countries is a priority for the College and the university system as a whole.”
Dalton State is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measureable actions that will help reach the IIE’s ambitious goal. The College has adopted the institutional goal of increasing its number of students who study abroad by 50 percent over the next five years.
This year, 46 Dalton State students participated in study abroad programs in Belgium, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Ireland, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the College has sponsored and administered the Asia Council’s Summer Study in China program for 10 consecutive years.
Dalton State will continue to provide study abroad scholarships and other resources to help students realize their dream of becoming global learners.
“At Dalton State, we are gradually adding more international education options for students in a variety of countries, and we are encouraging faculty in all disciplines to incorporate more international and multi-cultural perspectives, activities, and experiences into their courses,” says Dr. Stone.
The College has recently received J-1 Student Exchange Authorization from the federal government, and has already entered student exchange agreements with nine universities in several countries.
Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE has committed $2 million of its own funds to this initiative over the next five years, according to Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE.
“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Goodman. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”
“Study abroad not only broadens students’ life experiences and perspectives, it can indeed be life-changing,” says Dr. Stone.