Richmond Times-Dispatch

W& Mleads all public colleges in students studying abroad

- BY ERIC KOLENICH ekolenich@timesdispa­tch.com (804) 649-6109 Twitter: @EricKoleni­ch

The College of William & Mary has a higher percentage of its undergradu­ate students studying abroad than any other public university in the United States.

The data comes from the 2020

Open Doors report, which was released this week by the Institute of Internatio­nal Education and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educationa­l and Cultural Affairs.

During the 2018-19 school year, 857 William & Mary undergradu­ates studied abroad, representi­ng 55% of the student body.

In nine of the past 12 years, William & Mary has led all public colleges in percentage of its students studying in other countries. Among public and private institutio­ns, William & Mary is 18th nationally.

“At this challengin­g time for the internatio­nalization of higher education, it’s really inspiring to hear the great news that William & Mary is once again the leader for study abroad participat­ion among U.S. public universiti­es,” said Stephen E. Hanson, vice provost for internatio­nal affairs. “This is a clear indication that W&M’s students, faculty and staff remain steadfast in our collective commitment to global education.”

In the 2018-19 school year, 347,000 American students studied abroad for credit, and 1.08 million internatio­nal students took classes in the U.S.

VSU is given high marks for elementary teacher preparatio­n

The National Council for Teacher Quality released its 2020 grades for how well colleges prepare its students to become teachers, and Virginia State University was given high marks.

VSU’s undergradu­ate elementary program was given an “A” grade in clinical practice, the only A awarded in the commonweal­th of Virginia. Longwood University was given the only “B” in the state in the category.

In the category of classroom management, Virginia State, Christophe­r Newport University, Radford University and Regent College were awarded “A” grades.

In the category of early reading, Averett University, CNU, Longwood, Norfolk State University, Regent and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise were given “A” grades.

“I believe our emphasis on candidates’ awareness of self, the trauma of others and culturally responsive techniques leads VSU teachers to be quality reflective practition­ers and advocates for students of various background­s,” said Willis Walker, dean of VSU’s College of Education. “This preparatio­n allows our graduates to be successful on Day One with all students and make our teachers ideal candidates for other educationa­l leadership roles.”

The National Council on Teacher Quality is a think thank that was founded in 2000 that studies teacher preparatio­n, teacher pay, educator equity and diversity.

UR joining Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance

The University of Richmond has joined the newly formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, which was organized by the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center and intends to provide profession­al learning opportunit­ies and resources around issues of racial equity.

UR was one of 51 inaugural member institutio­ns, a number that has since grown to 68, according to InsideHigh­erEd.com.

The alliance will aim to address racial challenges, such as the “cultural mismatch” between socially liberal campuses and the surroundin­g communitie­s that are sometimes more conservati­ve, Shaun Harper, executive director of the USC equity center told the publicatio­n.

Universiti­es will have access to surveys, resources and virtual learning sessions by USC. Most of the colleges in the alliance committed to a threeyear membership at a cost of $18,000 per year, InsideHigh­erEd reported.

Randolph College in Lynchburg and Washington and Lee University in Lexington also are members.

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