CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

More Than Just Studying Abroad

Blending high-impact practices within the classroom with experiential-learning offerings, such as short, service-learning trips abroad, has enabled CSUF to narrow "the achievement gap for underrepresented students."

Thanks to a holistic approach by staff and faculty, students learn about experiential-learning opportunities years in advance, and receive help with developing a budget, and support parents taken aback by the prospect of an adult child traveling abroad without family.

Faculty members are invited to attend "Lunch and Learns," where they can exchange tips about how to bring experiential-learning components into their courses. No faculty member’s presentation at these lunches sparks more curiosity than the one done by Julián Jefferies, assistant professor of literacy and reading education who leads two-week trips abroad, and gets more involved in the lives of his students than most of his peers do.

Continue reading in the  Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

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