Characteristics of Successful Programs
The following are characteristics that define high-quality short-term Rhodes off-campus programs. The more characteristics that are present in any new program proposed, the greater the likelihood that it will be approved and will be successful.
For All Programs
- The initial proposal provides evidence that the program leader has identified a topic of relevance, an adequate pool of students on which to draw, and an appropriate location for the program.
- The program has been planned with a balance of fiscal responsibility, logistics, and academic content, to maximize both the opportunity for student learning and the opportunity for participation by Rhodes students.
- The program seeks to offer a new opportunity to Rhodes students, rather than duplicating previously developed or concurrent off-campus offerings. It is geared towards a previously under-represented population or academic major.
- The normal ratio of program leader to student is 1 to 15. Some programs may require more extensive assistance and supervision than others.
- There is substantive evaluation of the program after each offering; this evaluation is utilized in planning for the next cycle of the program.
For International Off-Campus Study Programs
- The course syllabus clearly incorporates academic content relating to the host country’s culture, economy and history in order to justify offering the program overseas.
- The program provides substantive orientation programs, including pre-departure and in-country components, to prepare the students adequately for living and studying off-campus.
- Field trips, site visits, and other cultural activities are integrated into the course material to provide an in-depth view of the host country in order to enhance the classroom experience.
- Students live with host families or in student housing where host country students also live, providing Rhodes students with ample opportunity to interact with non-American students.
- Additional opportunities for students to interact with residents of the host country are organized within the framework of the program.
- English-language programs offered in non-English-speaking countries provide an opportunity for students to study the language of the host country along with other offerings, in order to guarantee a basic communicative competency in the language.
For Language-Intensive Off-Campus Study Programs
- In addition to language study, course content on the culture, society, history, or contemporary politics of the country is made available to students.
- Program length is a minimum of 4 weeks and preferably longer
- Language classes are offered at various skill levels and have small enrollments