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    SEC Universities Collaborate to Educate Abroad

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - In 2008, the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium (SECAC) was awarded an Institute for Study Abroad Foundation (IFSA) grant of $94,000 to provide scholarship support for Southeastern Conference (SEC) students to study abroad together. The joint program focused on community service and was hosted by Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland.

    The academic consortium’s committee on education abroad wrote the grant proposal in an effort to conduct the first joint study abroad program involving all twelve of the SEC universities. Students from each of the 12 SEC schools were selected to attend the program in the spring 2009 and spring 2010 academic terms.

    “The foundation’s grant is the first we’ve received,” said Dr. Julie Goldman, senior coordinator of the consortium. “It is a wonderful starting point for us and it sets the standard for the quality of shared academic programs that will be launched through this consortium in the coming years.”

    The Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium was developed in 2005 to advance academic excellence and distinction through collaboration between SEC universities.