By Ian Flanagan
New study abroad programs might be in the works for K, according to Associate Provost for International Programs Joe Brockington.
The CIP primarily hopes to add new Caribbean and South American programs by the 2013-14 or 2014-15 academic years, where students can study Spanish, religion, African studies and economics, he said. New programs will take approximately two years and $50,000 to implement.
Brockington said it is too early to give a list of locations, but policy changes by the Obama administration have sparked some interest in a program in Cuba.
The CIP is also looking into adding Middle Eastern programs.
“I have periodically looked at Jordan,” Brockington said. “But I suspect it’ll be a couple years.” He cited security concerns as the main reason for the delay.
The CIP also intends to encourage enrollment in annually undersubscribed programs — such as Kenya, Senegal, Germany and Israel — as K’s student population increases over the next three years.
K enrolled 1,369 students this academic year, according to Registrar Alyce Brady, but according to the College website, the Committee for Kalamazoo College’s Future has planned since 2006-07 to expand that number to 1,500 by 2013-14. Provost Mickey McDonald said that with 1,500 students at the College, an additional 30-40 students would go abroad each year.
“This growth will enable the College to fully utilize our facilities, including our classroom capacity,” he said, “allow[ing] us to fill ensembles, athletic teams, theater productions, student organizations and the like.” McDonald also said that growth would increase tuition revenue.
Suzanne Lepley, Associate Director of Admissions, said her office has already begun increasing the first-year class by a small number of students each year, but added: “we’re not talking about a monumental shift. It’s not such a huge number that we can’t keep up resources.”
Senior Leah Rumsey, who studied abroad in Cairo, advocated increasing resources for sending students abroad in addition to the CIP’s proposed changes.
“What was wrong for me was that my financial aid didn’t count for two quarters and I needed to go to Egypt for my [IAS] major,” she said.