Originally conceived to broaden its study abroad and student exchange curriculum, Kennesaw State University’s “Around the World in 80 Days” was honored Feb. 28 in Washington by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) with its 2017 Innovation Award.
The Duke University-based association recognized the KSU program for “effectiveness” and for the connections it established among different academic disciplines. It also was honored for providing a model for administrative and management support for global learning.
Eleven students traveled to four countries during last year’s fall semester beginning with introductory coursework followed by stays in Italy, Morocco, Australia and Cuba in four segments of 21 days. The program culminated with re-entry classes and final exams.
The program was designed by Lance Askildson, Kennesaw State’s chief international officer and Iyonka Strawn-Valcy, director of education abroad and exchanges.
In accepting the award, Dr. Askildson said at AIEA’s annual conference “All along we knew this program model would push Kennesaw State’s education abroad program to the next level.”
Now known as AW80, the program involved eight faculty members who team taught the required 12 hours of general education courses that were designed for each country as follows: science, society and environment in Italy; international and global studies in Australia; world literature in Morocco and international political economy in Cuba.
In addition to their academic work, the students had the opportunity to visit governmental institutions to learn about the countries’ political systems, hospitals to learn about their health care capacities and to meet with locals for insights into their cultures.
The cost to enroll in the program was $11,300, which covered fees and tuition, with opportunities to apply for financial aid and receive student-funded global learning scholarships.
AIEA is the only U.S. association dedicated specifically to leaders in international higher education. Founded in 1982, it is hosted at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and is composed of more than 450 institutions engaged in advancing international programs of higher education.
To learn more about AW80’s future plans, click here.