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Document Number: 5498

Securing America’s Future: Global Education for a Global Age - College students need to study abroad at least one semester during their postsecondary experience, affirm the members of the Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad in this report. Defining the contemporary ignorance about international affairs among most Americans a “Sputnik moment,” the task force sets forth the arguments for study abroad and the obstacles to be addressed -- faculty disconnects, curricular barriers, financial disincentives and the unique needs of nontraditional students. The authors additionally provide recommendations for the President and Congress; governors and state legislatures; college and university presidents; accreditation, licensing and certifying bodies; and the private sector. One recommendation for state leaders is to augment financial support for students who study abroad, potentially in collaboration with leading state industries. (Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, November 2003)...

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