Expanding Access and Enhancing Intercultural Learning
2011 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad
Nomination submitted by: Daniel J. Paracka, Director, Education Abroad
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.