2002 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad

Barnard College

Study Abroad Communications Project

Nomination submitted by: Janet F. Alperstein, Assistant Dean / Study Abroad Adviser

Program Mission
Barnard's new program better encourages and prepares students for the "abroad" experience, supports them during it, and helps them integrate it into their ongoing education upon their return. Using multimedia technologies such as live webchats and weekly e-mails to a listserv of students currently overseas, to identify sites and maintain student contact with the Barnard community, the Project has effectively broadened the scope and understanding of study abroad at the College and increased the number of students participating in the Program.

The program has also established connections to alumnae and prospective students living in host countries, and improved campus coordination and understanding of the study abroad option through discussions with faculty. A comprehensive review of the Study Abroad Programs was conducted with every academic department by the Study Abroad Adviser under the auspices of the College's Committee on Instruction. This has led to the expansion of approved study abroad programs, especially in countries where the College has not previously been represented or has been underrepresented. Activities have, moreover, reached out to students normally underrepresented by such programs. As a result, this fall 90 students studied abroad, an increase of 22% over any previous fall numbers.

Selection Panel Members 2002

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

Phillip G. Altbach
Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education

Britta Baron
Director, German Academic Exchange Service

Madeleine F. Green
VP, American Council on Education and Director, Center for Institutional and International Initiatives

Karlheinz Muhr
Chairman and CEO, KM Management

Dr. L. Jay Oliva
President, New York University

Diane J. Paton
Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Institute of International Education