The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Marks Two Years at WKU

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) celebrated two years of operations at Western Kentucky University. Belmont University in Nashville and Northern Kentucky University served as host institutions for over three decades before WKU became the host institution on August 1, 2014.

Dr. Beth Laves, Associate Vice President for Extended Learning and Outreach at Western Kentucky University, said that WKU has been extremely pleased with our partnership with CCSA and the wealth of opportunities CCSA brings to WKU students and faculty. “Serving as the host for this well-established consortium has been a rewarding experience, and I hope it has been equally rewarding for the students and faculty who participate in CCSA programs.”

CCSA concluded the summer 2016 programs on August 8, 2016, with courses in Belize, Ireland and London.  Nearly 100 students completed eight different courses taught by eleven faculty from seven CCSA member schools.

The course catalog included these courses:

  • Belize Anthropology        Douglas Hume – NKU
  • London Mid-Summer     Jessica Hume – Bellarmine
  • London Mid-Summer     Sarah Vogt – Thomas More College
  • Ireland Early                     Kristen Spicer – Murray State
  • Ireland Early                     Maire Blankenship – WKU
  • London Summer              Theodore Sherman & Ryan Reed – MTSU
  • London Summer              Carol Stewart – Bellarmine
  • London Summer              Steven Higginbotham – Eastern Arizona College
  • London Summer              Cheryl Ward – MTSU
  • London Summer              Paul Fischer – MTSU

CCSA student at Stonehenge

CCSA’s total student enrollment for academic year 2015-2016 was 329.

Prof. Carol Steward, an instructor at both Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville, enjoys teaching for CCSA because the “program is exciting, fun, and is significantly beneficial, and I experience those benefits in my academic, professional, and personal life.”  She stated that it is an amazing opportunity for her, as well as for her students, to have the chance to live and work abroad.  “The staff support from CCSA is outstanding and is another part of what I think sets CCSA apart from other study abroad programs,” added Steward.

Jerry Barnaby, Executive Director of CCSA, said, “The summer 2016 programs offered a unique set of courses taught by intrepid faculty from CCSA member institutions.”  He added that CCSA is made up of small and large schools, private and public, but everyone believes in CCSA and the model it offers for so many first-time study abroad students.

CCSA’s twenty-six member institutions are gearing up for the winter 2016-2107 programs in Dublin and London.  The summer 2017 catalog will feature a new program in Scotland, along with the existing Belize, Ireland, and London programs.  The winter application deadline for students is September 30, 2016.

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