Coordinating Global Gap Programs

Program Structure, Liability, and Evaluation

Topics: Curriculum Internationalization, Globalization, Academic Affairs

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This project outlines how staff at profiled institutions design and coordinate global gap year programs. Specifically, we examine how institutions design and structure global gap year programs, address liability associated with gap programs, and evaluate gap year programs and student learning outcomes.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Conduct presentations at admissions events dedicated to low-income, minority, or first generation students to recruit gap program participants from these populations.

    2. Assess third-party providers’ educational components, service activities, and risk management protocols with requests for proposals (RFPs) and site visits.

    3. Two of four profiled gap programs classify participants as standard undergraduate students and provide academic credit.

    4. Employ one to two dedicated gap program staff to coordinate gap program development, recruitment, student re-entry, and most other logistics.