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Study Away Academy

The Study Away Academy is a workshop series during the spring term to assist faculty in the development of a new faculty-led Study Away Program at UNG. Study Away programs are short-term domestic study options outside of North Georgia where students engage in experiential learning, build relationships with faculty, and gain confidence to participate in other types of high impact practices later in their UNG career. These options might include urban centers, remote fieldwork or understanding diverse communities.  

CGE staff will conduct three 75-minute workshops over the spring term. Faculty who successfully complete the Study Away Academy will receive up to $1,000 to conduct a site visit to assist them with finalizing a faculty-led study away program. Program participants commit to submitting a site visit report and a completed study away program proposal for programs during summer 2022 by September 1, 2021.

Participants must have the support of their department head and dean for the development of the new program. If more than one faculty from the same department applies, CGE will consult with the department/dean on a final candidate.

Site visit funding is contingent upon state budget funding and COVID-19 travel restrictions; spaces are limited. All workshops will take place virtually from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Faculty who wish to participate in the Study Away Academy should submit an application along with the Department Head recommendation by April 1, 2021.

Workshop Descriptions

Program Development and Academic Framework: April 22, 2021

The session will provide an overview of UNG policies surrounding study away programming. The primary focus will be on study away program design and implementation. Program design: curriculum design and learning outcomes that maximize the location and local partnerships. Program implementation: assess program needs and look for partners who can provide quality services.

Program Budget and Recruitment Strategies: May 13, 2021

How to Budget Without Sacrificing Academic Goals and Recruitment Strategies

This session will cover the budget model and financial policies governing study away programming at UNG. Faculty will learn how to maximize funding to achieve program academic goals. In addition, CGE staff will discuss recruitment strategies, social media tips, and ways to collaborate to maximize recruitment efforts for study away programs.

Putting It All Together, Site Visit Preparation: June 10, 2021

This final session will go cover best practices for a successful site visit and program proposal tips. The session will be virtual and scheduled based on participant’s availability.

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