2013-14 Unit Plan
Study Abroad

Mission Statement

The mission of the Study Abroad Program is to encourage students to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society by:

•	providing opportunities for academic study in a variety of disciplines; 
•	providing linguistic and cultural immersion opportunities for our students and staff; 
•	internationalize the curriculum; and
•	supporting international students by fostering a campus climate that is inclusive and supportive of student
             succcess.                 

Program Description

Butte College has a long history of providing international experiences for our students, with a renewed focus on providing study abroad opportunities over the last eight years. Since 2006, we have led trips to Costa Rica, which integrate Spanish language and culture, peace studies, and service learning (Total Immersion Spanish and Peace & Global Studies). Two of these trips were semester-abroad programs funded in part by a two-year CCIE grant awarded to Ileana Gantt and Christine Wood. In the summer of 2008, we led a summer trip to Italy, which focused on Italian language and Greco-Roman cultures. Currently, we have planned a six-week trip to Costa Rica for the summer of 2013. The Study Abroad Committee established applications and screening processes for faculty and students interested in participating in trips. We refined and implemented Faculty Rights and Responsibilities for instructors leading tours abroad and strengthened wording in the student contract. Faculty have encouraged students to apply for the Gilman Scholarship and as a result, scholarship recipients have participated in every study abroad program since 2006.

In 2006, we were awarded a budget for a Study Abroad coordinator position and operating expenses for promotion and development. This funding continued until 2009-2010. Although we are in challenging budget times, the importance of study abroad as a means to build global competencies in our students has not diminished. Our goal is to continue to offer international experiences to our students. We will grow the program once funding is restored. 

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Maintain a high-quality, low-cost program by offering affordable and self-sufficient trips.

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    Offer Study Abroad program(s) every year.

    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    Use campus resources for marketing and promotion such as Public Relations Office, students enrolled in graphic design, communication studies, and business education classes.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 4

    Expand cultural exchange opportunities for students through public events and various campus activities such as International Education Week, Diversity Days, and the Cultural Community Center.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 5

    Focus on internationalizing the curriculum; provide professional development opportunities for faculty to learn best practices in internationalizing the curriculum from other colleges.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 6

    Collaborate with our transfer institutions to satisfy study abroad requirements for their students.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 7

    Re-establish a campus wide committee with a director and a budget commensurate with 2006 standards.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 8

    Inform faculty about and encourage applications for NEH and Fulbright grants.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 9

    Work with the Foundation Office to provide scholarship opportunities for our students.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 10

    Update the Study Abroad Website and expand social media presence.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 11

    Compile list of grant opportunities for education abroad experiences for students.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

     Study Abroad currently has no district budget. We were funded $40,553 of one-time dollars in 2008-2009. This funding supported a faculty coordinator, a student assistant, CCIE dues, marketing and supply costs, and it provided stipends for travel and coordination for instructors who led study abroad trips. This funding was cut for the 2009-2010 year. We eliminated the coordinator position and folded faculty travel and stipend expenses into the student cost of each trip.

    To achieve the future development strategies outlined above, the Study Abroad budget needs to be restored. Most critical is the coordinator position to provide direct oversight and attention to the maintenance and growth of the program. The proposed budget reduces faculty reassigned time to 10% and provides minimal funding for a student assistant, marketing, and supplies. We will continue to configure trips so that the travel and trip coordination expenses are folded into the cost of the trips to students.

    Resources Needed

    On-going Requirements

    10% release time for faculty coordinator (backfill) $8,000

    Student assistant (10 hours/week) $3,000

    Marketing and supplies $1,000

    CCIE Dues $500

    TOTAL $12,500

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Study Abroad Personnel 10% release time for faculty coordinator (backfill) 12.327.613.1.493000 51110 $0.00 $8,000.00 Provides leadership, promotional expertise, written documentations of policies and procedures, organizational strategies
    2 Yes Study Abroad Personnel Student Assistant (10 hours/week) 12.327.613.1.493000 52368 $0.00 $3,000.00 Supports the promotional and other efforts of the Study Abroad program
    3 Yes Study Abroad Operating Expenses CCIE Dues 12.327.613.1.493000 55300 $0.00 $500.00 This organization supports state-wide study abroad efforts, and has helped fund the origination of our highly successful Costa Rica programs
    4 Yes Study Abroad Operating Expenses Marketing and Supplies 12.327.613.1.493000 54300 $0.00 $1,000.00 Critical to getting the word out about our offerings via advertisements, fliers, posters, etc.
    Total(s) $0.00 $12,500.00