March 28, 2009WVU Parkersburg executive dean participated in Mexican study-abroad tour.
CONTACT: Dr. Rhonda Richards, executive dean of academic affairs, 304-424-8242.
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg's executive dean participated in a week-long trip to Mexico to observe study-abroad opportunities.
Dr. Rhonda Richards, executive dean of academic affairs, was among a group of higher education representatives from various state institutions in the tour sponsored by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
"The main purpose of the tour was to give us the opportunity to become acquainted with study abroad programs in Mexico and get a taste of what studying in a foreign country is like," Dr. Richards noted.
The tour provided extensive close-up knowledge about the facilities, staff and services available at three Mexican universities: Universidad Regiomontana, Universidad de Monterrey, and Universidad de Guanajuato. The group toured housing and university facilities and met with overseas advisors who work directly with the students.
In 2007, the Higher Education Policy Commission entered into a consortial agreement with International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) based in Washington, D.C. to enable every West Virginia public four-year college or university to provide low-cost study abroad options for their students with access to over 130 exchange programs in 38 countries. West Virginia University and Marshall University serve as the lead institutions to provide limited study abroad advising services.
The goal of the tour was to assist in increasing the number of West Virginia students who take advantage of an international experience through the WV-ISEP consortium. The Mexican tour was led by the study abroad advisors at WVU and Marshall and subsized by a grant from the HEPC.