The SAGE Research Project
Through a special arrangement with a research team at the University of Minnesota, selected Forum institutional members will be able to participate in a research project that will document the long-term impact of the education abroad experience by surveying and interviewing education abroad alumni. The project, Beyond Immediate Impact: Study Abroad for Global Engagement (SAGE), is expected to enroll 16 institutions representing a variety of institutional types. It is anticipated that a number of Forum institutional members will be included in the group of participating institutions.
“The Forum is pleased to offer its members this second opportunity to document education abroad outcomes,” said Brian Whalen, President and CEO of the Forum. In addition to the SAGE project, the Forum is offering its members participation in the BEVI project using the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory. In addition, Forum members and attendees of the Forum Conference in Austin, March 1 – 3, will receive the Forum's Guide to Outcomes Assessment in Education Abroad. According to Whalen, these initiatives are part of the Forum's efforts to advance the assessment of outcomes for education abroad.
The SAGE project, based at the University of Minnesota and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is being overseen by R. Michael Paige and Gerald W. Fry. Paige, widely known and highly regarded for his research and writing in international education, is Professor of International and Intercultural Education, and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. In his distinguished career, Fry has also focused on international education in his teaching and research; he is acknowledged as an expert on Southeast Asia. Fry is Professor of International and Intercultural Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. The SAGE Research Assistants are Elizabeth M. Stallman, Ph.D. student in Comparative and International Development Education, and Aaron Horn, Ph.D. student in Higher Education.
This research program seeks to examine the long-term personal, professional, and social capital outcomes associated with education abroad experiences that occur during the college years. The researchers define 'social capital' as the contributions a person makes to the common good by means of civic engagement, knowledge production, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. The information will be gathered by surveying and interviewing education abroad alumni that studied abroad from as recently as 2005 to as far back as 50 years ago. The main task for participating institutions will be to obtain current contact information on their education abroad alumni. In order to be selected for participation in the project, institutions will be required to have records of alumni that studied abroad at least 30 years ago and preferably longer. A small amount of funding in the range of $3,000 - $5,000 will be available for each participating institution to help defray some of the cost associated with participation.
The SAGE project will be the most comprehensive and in-depth study of the long-term impact of education abroad to date. At the completion of the study, participating institutions will receive their project data, which we welcome them to use, for example, to demonstrate the impact of education abroad at their institution. In addition, participation in this study will contribute to a greater understanding of the value and meaning of the impact of education abroad on global engagement, which will benefit the entire field.