Promoting Standard Expectations for Language Education and Study Abroad
In Summer 2010, Project GO started an initiative aimed at promoting standard expectations for critical language study and study abroad within the ROTC student population. The purpose of this initiative is to codify the expectation that ROTC students studying critical languages will complete the equivalent of four semesters (12 credits) of the same critical language and study abroad for eight weeks or longer.
Given the current constraints of ROTC and assuming no change in current ROTC policies, Project GO leadership believes that this 12 credits + 8 weeks abroad threshold is a reasonable expectation for many Project GO. Beginning with targeted programmatic redesigns in Summer 2010, each school's Project GO budget will support the 12+8 initiative by allocating a minimum of $50,000 to direct scholarship support for study abroad of 8 weeks or longer.
The intentions behind defining 12+8 as both an objective and a measure of success are threefold:
- To help institutions shape and define their Project GO programs.
- To help students set goals and understand expectations.
- To define and track measurable Project GO outcomes.