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Global Competence & National Needs – One Million Americans Studying Abroad
This 2005 study from the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program outlines the need to promote education abroad programs with an emphasis on global relevance.


Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement
This report outlines the U.S. Department of Education's International Strategy for 2012-16 and affirms the Department's commitment to preparing today's youth, and our country more broadly, for a globalized world, and to engaging with the international community to improve education.  When released in November 2012, the Department of Education indicated that this strategy will be used to guide the Departments’ activities and allocation of resources for the next four years.

Foreign Direct Investment in Texas:  The Countries and Industries Leading Current Growth 2013
This report from the Office of the Governor of Texas provides insight about why attaining global competency, whether on campus or through a program abroad, is important for our students, even if they never plan to leave Texas after graduation.  The report looks at top industry sectors as well as top countries and cites specific foreign companies creating jobs in Texas.

College-Bound Students’ Interests in Study Abroad and Other International Learning Activities
This national survey of college-bound students, conducted in 2008 by the American Council on Education, Art and Science, and the College Board, provides detailed information regarding high student interest in international study opportunities.

Educating Students for Success in the Global Economy – A Public Opinion Survey on the Importance on International Education
This report explores the results from a 2010 public opinion survey conducted across America regarding the outlook on the significance of the international educational experience.  The report was commissioned by NAFSA-Association of International Educators.
A number of surveys have been conducted that show employers value global knowledge and experience. This is a sample of such surveys. 

2014 U.S. Business Needs for Employees with International Experience
The study conducted by two researchers with Centers for International Business Education and Research found that almost 40% of U.S. companies surveyed missed international business opportunities because of a lack of internationally competent personnel. Given that 95% of consumers live outside of the United States, the authors articulate why it is important for students to gain international experience.

QS Global Employer Survey Report 2011 – How Employers Value an International Study Experience
This international survey, conducted annually, explores employer opinion regarding the study abroad experience and how they value it in recruiting processes.

Employers Seek More College-Educated Workers With Higher Levels of Learning and Broader Sets of Skills, New Survey Reveals
A press release from the Association of American Colleges and Universities regarding employers seeking college-educated workers.
What will it Take to Double Study Abroad?
The above link directs you to the Institute for International Education (IIE) website for a document known as a “green paper.”  This green paper explores the Big 11 ideas from the Generation Study Abroad Think Tank about how to reach the goal of doubling the number of students going abroad by the end of the decade. The paper was first issued on May 2014 in PDF format but will be updated over time.

Forum on Education Abroad, Education Abroad Glossary
The Forum on Education Abroad has assembled a glossary of frequently used terms by education abroad professionals in an attempt to clarify terminology internationally on issues related to student mobility and international engagement.

Leading Comprehensive Internationalization:  Strategies and Tactics for Action, NAFSA
As a follow-up to the document, Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action, NAFSA - Association of International Educators has published this report which “presents a flexible framework for the “how” of both strategy and action of comprehensive internationalization.”  It is authored by John Hudzik (former vice president for global engagement at Michigan State University) and JoAnn McCarthy (former assistant provost for international affairs at the University of Pennsylvania and current director of academic affairs for INTO University Partnerships USA).

Vision 2020 Peer Institution Summary Report (October 2012)
A Vision 2020 peer benchmark survey was conducted in Summer 2012 to compare Texas A&M study abroad participation rates with other doctoral granting institutions as reported in the Institute for International Education's annual Open Doors Report. The report focused on processes used to assess international education efforts and identified strategies used by highly ranked institutions to encourage students to go abroad. The survey and report were created by Dr. Suzanne Droleskey, Global Program Support. 

Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives (2014)

The American Council on Education conducts this survey of US joint and dual degrees every five years to assess the current state of internationalization at American higher education institutions, analyze progress and trends over time, and considers future directions and priorities.  This survey is a direct follow-on to the 2011 Mapping Survey which gathered basic information about prevalence and characteristics of such programs offered by U.S. institutions.  The outcomes outline challenges and elements that affect their potential outcomes and impact.

Joint and Double Degree Programs in the Global Context: Report on an International Survey – 2011
This global survey conducted by the Institute for International Education, provides insights about the benefits, impacts and challenges of joint and double degree programs.

Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses

This periodic report from the American Council on Education (ACE) is the only comprehensive source of data on internationalization in U.S. higher education institutions.  The survey has been conducted in 2001, 2006, and 2011 and covers such topics as institutional commitment, student mobility, partnerships, and learning outcomes.

A report has been issued by QS University Rankings regarding the status on the development of world-class universities in BRICS nations. QS began a project in 2013 to compare and rank universities in emerging markets and by the end of 2014, had compared over 500 universities to produce their report. Click here for the complete 2015 QS World University Rankings: BRICS report.