The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries, welcomes five new members to its ranks.
WKU became the host institution for CCSA on Aug. 1, 2014, and provides support and infrastructure for administrative activities essential for the day-do-day operations of CCSA.
The five new affiliate members bring CCSA members to 26 schools from across the United States.
- Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, joins CCSA with Dr. Robin Bidgood, Director of International Programs, serving as LMU’s campus representative. “CCSA provides a wonderful ‘bridge’ experience to LMU as we have never before had a formal Study Abroad program,” Bidgood said. She added she is looking forward to contributing and growing the pool of students attending CCSA programs, as well as submitting teaching proposals for CCSA programs.
- The University of Pikeville joins CCSA as it continues to grow its international opportunities. Timothy Whittier, Director of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs, said the University of Pikeville is excited to continue its partnership with CCSA in providing opportunities for students in central Appalachia to explore new areas of the world. “We look forward to increasing the number of students traveling abroad and CCSA is an important partner in accomplishing this goal,” he said. Whittier and Sumer Bingham will serve as campus representatives.
- Texas A&M University at San Antonio in the only CCSA member from the Lone Star State. Dr. Ed Westermann and Dr. George Shelton will serve as campus representatives. Westermann, Director of International Education and Professor of History, said: “We at Texas A&M University-San Antonio are delighted to join CCSA in order to provide our students with additional study abroad and experiential learning opportunities” He added that he hopes that TAMUSA’s association can serve as a springboard for collaborative efforts with colleagues in the program.
- Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches joined CCSA with Dr. Keith Dromm and Dr. Steven Horton serving as campus representatives. NSULA is also a member of National Student Exchange along with other CCSA members WKU, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Western Oregon University.
- The University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, brings a Caribbean flair to the CCSA membership. Dr. James Maddirala is UVI’s Associate Provost for Graduate, Global and Academic Affairs and will serve as the campus representative.
Jerry Barnaby, CCSA Executive Director, said students and faculty from affiliate members apply for and propose courses, respectively, just as all member institutions. “CCSA looks forward to new course proposals from more faculty and the addition of more students in our courses so that CCSA may continue to provide excellent academic experiences in more locations,” he said.
These new members join the current members as CCSA gears up for the summer 2016 programs in Australia, Belize, Ireland, London and South Africa. The May and early June application deadline is Feb. 12 with the final deadline of Feb. 29. The late June and July summer application deadline is March 25 with final deadline of April 15.
Learn more about CCSA at http://www.ccsa.cc/.
Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231