The Center for Global Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, in collaboration with California Colleges for International Education was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Title VI, International Research and Studies Program, for the California Community College Student Outcomes Abroad Research (CCC SOAR) Project. This project builds upon recent research that confirms a significant impact from study abroad on student international learning as well as overall retention and progress towards degree completion at four year colleges and universities. Since more than half of all U.S. higher education students attend community colleges, this is a population needing additional focus in study abroad research. CCC SOAR will survey study abroad students at a variety of community colleges in California before, during, and after their study abroad experience.
CCC SOAR will provide comprehensive research on international learning outcomes at California community colleges, which represent half of all students who study abroad at the community college level in the U.S. The overall goal of the CCC SOAR project is to identify whether students in community colleges who participate in study abroad programs achieve higher learning outcomes than those who do not. CCC SOAR findings will provide answers to the questions: "Does study abroad result in international learning and how does that impact community colleges and their students” with findings supported by research on student international learning outcomes from study abroad participation for students in California community colleges. In turn, this will impact all community college stakeholders and their support for study abroad.
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