2011 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad

Kennesaw State University

Expanding Access and Enhancing Intercultural Learning

Nomination submitted by: Daniel J. Paracka, Director, Education Abroad

Program Overview
Although more and more institutions give internationalization space in their mission statements, few aspire, as Kennesaw State University does, to "firmly establish global learning" as the institution's "top priority and defining characteristic." Kennesaw has put its money where its mouth is: the Global Learning Scholarships, established in fall 2008, awarded students $727,317 last year and anticipates awarding $804,000 in the year to come. Every KSU student participating in education abroad receives the scholarship.

With more than 60 education abroad programs on six continents in 35 countries and representing diverse fields of study from within each of its academic colleges, Kennesaw State University stands out among fellow institutions in the southeastern United States as a dynamic, global institution. In the last two years, KSU students have conducted semester-long or summer research and internship projects in China, Colombia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, and Tanzania. KSU is recognized for its extraordinary offering of diverse program models and destinations, as well as its financial support to students.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

2014 Awards Presentation
IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Selection Panel Members 2011

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Globalization & Multicultural Affairs, New York University

Maria Harper-Marinick
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Donna Scarboro
Associate Vice President, International Programs, The George Washington University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad