Board of Trustees decides to keep program through 2006-2007 academic year
9/29/2005 3:04:04 PM
The Randolph-Macon Woman’s College study abroad program at the University of Reading will remain open, at least through the 2006-2007 academic year. The Board of Trustees announced its decision to keep the program on Thursday, Sept. 29.
In response to requests made by the faculty and student government, as well as an outpouring of support from alumnae, the Board met in special session this week to discuss the issue. The board decided to suspend its Sept. 8 decision to close the University of Reading program, pending further discussions among the Trustees, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and the College’s various constituencies, including alumnae, faculty, staff and students. The program will also remain open through the 2006-2007 academic year.
The Board’s Sept. 8 decision was made in response to declines in enrollment in the Reading program, due in part to students’ widening interests in study abroad in other areas of the world, and related financial challenges.
The College, known for its globalization, is committed to having its students acquire first-hand knowledge and understanding of different cultures and countries. Their experiences and growth during these study abroad opportunities follow them throughout life.
About 45% of R-MWC students participate in a study-abroad program– either a two- or three-week summer seminar, a semester program, or a full-year study-abroad option. In addition to the Reading Program, students have opted for programs throughout Europe, Mexico, and Japan among other places. Students can also enroll in a foreign university or study abroad in an approved program coordinated by another institution.
The University of Reading Program, which began in 1968, allows up to 35 juniors from R-MWC and other institutions to spend a year studying in England.
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