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Center of Global Initiatives

Data and Results

The Center for Global Initiatives conducts assessment of the Rollins International Grant programs and supports the ongoing assessment of undergraduate study abroad.  The center also collects data for other global initiatives and programs as needed and to make informed decisions about campus internationalization.

Since 2015-16, 70 grants have been awarded to Rollins faculty and staff.

  • Of these, 17 grants were for individual travel, and 62 for a Faculty-Staff travel seminar.
  • 56 grants were awarded to members of the faculty, and 14 grants to staff members.
  • Grants were awarded to 66 individuals - four individuals received two grants during this time period, including two individuals who led a Faculty-Staff travel seminar.
  • The Travel Seminars have taken groups of faculty and staff to Cuba, South Africa, Japan, and Albania. The 2019-20 Travel Seminar to Colombia will run in summer 2020.

Data Highlights from Grant Recipient Reports

The following data are from the 38 one-year reports submitted by grant recipients funded for travel in the academic years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.  During this period, 55 grants were awarded and of those, 50 were required to submit reports.

  • 92% felt the travel experience helped them better understand an aspect of the culture, society, politics, or history of a part of the world outside the U.S.
  • 63% engaged or planned to engage in scholarship related to the location of travel.
  • 58% had enhanced or planned to enhance the international content of an existing course based on knowledge gained through the travel experience.
  • 95% felt they had engaged with the local population and/or environment during travel.
  • 97% indicated they had achieved their intended goals or outcomes.
  • 95% felt they had gained unexpected skills or knowledge from the travel experience.

For the past five years, Rollins been ranked in the top 12 Masters Granting Institutions nation-wide for the percentage of undergraduate students we send abroad!  The Office of International Programs collects annual data on participation in study abroad and conducts assessment of all College of Liberal Arts and Hamilton Holt School study abroad programs.

Highlights from 2018-19 Annual Report

  • 693 participants total—603 individual students (some who participated in more than one program)
  • 187 participants on Crummer Graduate School of Business programs
  • 95 participants on Semester study abroad programs
  • 202 participants on Field Study Programs and 108 on Summer Programs
  • Top five sending departments/academic programs by participant numbers are: International Business, Business, Environmental Studies, and Communications. Significant numbers also came from Social Entrepreneurship and Business, Psychology, Political Science, Theatre, Biology, and English.

Of 54 students who submitted post-program evaluations for the fall 2018 Rollins Approved Semester Programs:

  • 100% felt that they had gained self-awareness during the time abroad
  • 93% felt that studying abroad had helped improve their ability to understand and react to failure in a positive way.
  • 87% felt that they were able to begin to experience people and events from the perspective of the host culture
  • 85% felt that the courses they took abroad enriched their learning about the host country/culture
  • 85% of Faculty Program Leaders felt that they gained knowledge or competencies through the experience of designing and leading a study away program.

Of 211 students who submitted post-program evaluations for Field Studies and Rollins Approved Summer Programs:

  • 93% felt that they had gained self-awareness during the time abroad
  • 84% felt that studying abroad had helped improve their ability to understand and react to failure in a positive way.
  • 89% felt that they were able to begin to experience people and events from the perspective of the host culture
  • 86% felt that program activities and excursions enriched their learning about the host country/culture

Fall 2019 Data

Enrollment
College of Liberal Arts - 208
Crummer Graduate School of Business - 29
Hamilton Holt School - 50
TOTAL - 287

Top Countries Represented: Brazil, Venezuela, Germany, United Kingdom, China, India, Canada, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico

Top 5 Majors: Business, International Business, Economics, Computer Science, Psychology

Degree Programs
Bachelors - 242
Masters - 29
Doctorate - 8
Exchange/Non-Degree - 8

Top 5 Languages Spoken: Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Chinese