Education Abroad (EA)


Education Abroad Participation Influences Colorado Graduation Rates

Thursday, October 17
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Teton

In support of Colorado State University’s (CSU) Student Success Initiatives, Institutional Research and Education Abroad have focused on gaps in persistence to graduation and assessing how high impact practices (HIP) may reduce these gaps. The findings from two studies support that education abroad is a significant contributor to higher graduation rates. CSU Education Abroad uses this data to inform strategic programming and partnerships to attract and support more diverse students as well as to inform the resource advocacy needed to reduce access barriers. 

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Jennifer Schneider

Research Analyst and Survey Methodologist
Colorado State University

Dr. Jennifer Schneider, Research Analyst & Survey Methodologist, has extensive research experience related to higher education with specializations in quantitative research, survey design, and scale construction. Prior to CSU, she worked as a statistical consultant, gender and diversity researcher, and bias educator. Jennifer’s primary responsibilities include providing institutional leaders and educators research analytics to support and inform student success on campus. This includes research and survey design, evaluating student success outcomes, and learning analytics. She maintains research interests in learning theories, diversity, campus climate assessment, women in STEM, scale construction, education abroad, and faculty development.


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Laura Thornes, M.Ed.

Director, Education Abroad
Colorado State University Office of International Programs

Laura Thornes has worked in the field of education abroad since 1998 as a teacher, advisor, and administrator. She works at Colorado State University as the Director of Education Abroad with a team of 13 professionals and 8 students. The unit helps to send over 1,600 students abroad each year for study, research, internships, service learning, and other academic reasons. Her interests in the field vary greatly; however, her commitment to demonstrating and improving the personal, academic, professional, and societal impacts of an education abroad and passion to make education abroad more accessible remain consistent.


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