Countries around the world are working to improve access to quality education, especially for historically underserved youth, in order to support national development, health, and peace. For this 3-credit graduate level practicum students will partner with the Lyford Cay Foundation in the Bahamas, founded in 1969 in support of Bahamian development efforts. Practicum students will draw on existing longitudinal data from the foundation's FOCUS program, a tuition-free college access and preparation program for Bahamian public school students, beginning in grade 4 and continuing through to high school graduation.
Mid-May through late-June/Early July
Students will spend approximately one week in the Bahamas in late-May/Early June.
Exact dates to be determined.
Program Fees and Deposit
Deposit: All students accepted to the program must confirm their spot by paying a non-refundable $300 deposit, to be applied towards tuition for the program.
Program Fee: Students will be required to pay a program fee. All program fees will be announced in January 2018. The program fee covers in-country transportation, most meals, housing and excursions.
All students are responsible for 3 credits AU tuition, international airfare, immunizations, etc.
From Washington, DC, practicum students will work virtually with the foundation to understand the FOCUS program's goals and will then draw on the research literature to develop relevant evaluation indicators. Students will then build an analytical plan and will begin an evaluation of this longstanding after-school program for historically underserved Bahamian youth.
Next, practicum students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas for 10 days to conduct member checks of emerging analytical ideas and findings, to gather additional relevant qualitative data from FOCUS students and foundation staff, and to develop a better understanding of the program context in order to support their ongoing data analysis and recommendations.
Upon returning to Washington, practicum students will complete their evaluation and will then present their findings and future recommendations to foundation staff. One student team may evaluate the impact of the foundation's longstanding international scholarship program, which sends Bahamian students abroad for university study. Through this practicum experience, students will not only practice program evaluation skills in international education and youth development, but will also develop cross-cultural research and communication skills. Students will also exercise intercultural competence skills as they engage with our Bahamian partners.
While all graduate students meeting the practicum prerequisites are welcome to apply to this program, special consideration will be given to students with interest, coursework, and experience in international education, leadership development, community development, experience in the Americas and intercultural relations and communication. All students should have some prior experience with or coursework in qualitative data analysis; project or program evaluation skills and coursework are particularly helpful.