Archive for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

U. of Iowa takes over study abroad program

December 16, 2008


The University of Iowa has taken over administration of a study abroad program to Italy previously overseen by Kansas University.

Each year, more than 150 KU students head to Paderno del Grappa, Italy, to study business, journalism and communications.

Tim Shaftel, professor of business and faculty adviser for the KU study abroad program, said the effect of the move on students should be minimal.

Credit for all courses taken during the program now will be awarded through the University of Iowa and will have to be transferred to KU, Shaftel said.

“Our Study Abroad office has a real good process for making sure that works, so there’s no major changes for students,” he said.

Since Iowa took over administration of the program in August, about the same number of KU students have participated, he said.

He said the decision to move the program’s administrative functions was a result of a mutual agreement between KU and a consortium of universities participating in the program.

“It’s a burden. It’s a lot of administration,” he said. “They just felt it was time to move it somewhere else.”

Gary Gaeth, a professor of marketing at Iowa, is the faculty adviser for the program at that university.

He said that a goal of the program at Iowa is to ensure that KU students can enroll, as KU has provided the most students of any of the other universities in the consortium in the past.

“I think we all wanted to do this in a way that didn’t hurt the students, and I think we did that,” Gaeth said.

Gaeth said KU was the only other university in the consortium that maintained an office to help students enroll in the program.

KU had four staff members overseeing the program, Shaftel said, including himself. He is remaining on as an on-site adviser for KU. Two other staff members shifted to the University of Iowa, and a fourth person took another position at KU, he said.


nobody1793 9 years, 4 months ago

"Paderno del Grappa"Mmmm...I could use some grappa for my pad!

KU_cynic 9 years, 4 months ago

This is a loss for KU and a gain for Iowa. The details of how and why KU drove this program away to another sponsor school suggest lack of sound judgment in the administration. This is another in a series of demoralizing steps back away from KU trying to project more internationally.

SMe 9 years, 4 months ago

"he said. “They just felt it was time to move it somewhere else.”" Business speak - KU wasn't getting it done.

MyName 9 years, 4 months ago

SMe:> Business speak - KU wasn't getting it done.Err... Translation: "I just saved a BUNCH of money on my car insurance?"

KS 9 years, 4 months ago

invictus - This program is a vacation for all. It will save KU a lot of money.

ksjhawk503 9 years, 4 months ago

This story is misleading. KU had no choice in regards to the move. The program's coordinator in Italy chose to move the program. Read the article that this reporter based this story on: you're going to steal a story, you might as well steal the whole thing...

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