Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Education

Abstract

The following study focuses on community colleges and the textual website

materials they present regarding study abroad programs in order to illuminate the congruence between the overall community college mission of accessibility and the information presented on their study abroad websites. The text was evaluated by utilizing a thematic analysis coupled with multiple case studies and then further examined through the theoretical lenses of academic capitalism, institutional isomorphism, and universalism. The analysis of the text indicated that institutions are offering these programs for a combination of reasons, including institutional legitimacy, institutional revenue, and attempted student accessibility. The most significant deduction made from analysis was the lack of congruence between the overall community college mission of accessibility and information institutions present on their study abroad websites as it relates to scholarships, financial aid, diversity, and inclusion. These findings provide significant implication for further studies regarding how community colleges can seek to increase accessibility for students to study abroad programs as related to diversity and inclusion.

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