Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Dr. Richard Igwike, interim dean of the College of Business at Dillard University located in New Orleans, which nearly tripled its international student enrollment in the last two years, says the cost of these programs gives many of his students pause.
Igwike says nine Dillard students participated in study abroad programs last year. Of those students, six went to Ghana. He says that, in addition to paying their regular semester tuition and fees, these students have to cough up an additional $3,000 to cover the expense of traveling to the West African nation and staying there for a few weeks. Igwike notes the university is exploring the option of building this cost into students’ financial aid loan applications.
But financial challenges are not just limited to students.
Recently, the American Council on Education conducted a study examining factors that “enhance and impede the internationalization process at HBCUs.” The study, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, looked at seven HBCUs — Howard, Dillard, Tuskegee, Lincoln University (Missouri), North Carolina A&T, Savannah State and Virginia State.