FASHION & TEXTILES

FASHION

Subjects

KEI offers a wide range of fashion subjects. Click on a subject area to view program locations that offer courses in that subject.

Faculty Steering Committee

KEI was founded on the belief that education abroad should focus on students’ academic and professional goals. Our focus on discipline-specific programming and our core values of cultural understanding, global participation and access to quality education are integral to all KEI programs.

The KEI Steering Committee for Fashion and Textile programs provides oversight of academic curriculum and makes tangible recommendations for improvement. The Committees consist of faculty and academic advisors from KEI affiliated universities in the USA.


Andrea C. Eklund
Assistant Professor
Fashion Program Coordinator
Central Washington University
AEklund@CWU.edu


Alyssa D. Adomaitis
Professor
CUNY New York City College of Technology
AAdomaitis@citytech.cuny.edu


Bharath Ramkumar
Assistant Professor
SUNY College at Oneonta
Bharath.Ramkumar@oneonta.edu


Julie Becker
Associate Professor
Eastern Michigan University
jbecker2@emich.edu


Nupur Sharma
Assistant Professor
Fashion Program Coordinator
William Rainey Harper College
nsharma1@harpercollege.edu

Kimberly Guthrie
Assistant Professor
Associate Chair
Virginia Commonwealth University
kguthri1@vcu.edu


Cassandra Dickerson
Assistant Professor
Morgan State University
Cassandra.Dickerson@morgan.edu


Dana K. Bush
Associate Professor
Chair, Family & Consumer Sciences
Eastern Kentucky University
dana.bush@eku.edu


KeunYoung Oh
Associate Professor
SUNY – Buffalo State College
ohk@buffalostate.edu


Dana Legette-Traylor
Assistant Professor
Virginia State University
dlegette-traylor@vsu.edu

Employability & Education Abroad

Education abroad has been shown to have significant impact on learning, academic performance, graduation, careers, and personality development. Below is a summary of results from notable studies on the impact of education abroad.

Careers, Salaries & Job Skills

97%

of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates found employment in the same period. (1) Among study abroad alumni, 90% landed a job within 6 months. (2, 11)

25%

higher starting salaries: that’s how much more study abroad students earn than those college graduates who do not study abroad.(1) This equates to approx. $7,000 annually for US students. (3)

90%

of study abroad alumni who applied got into their 1st or 2nd choice grad school. (1)

84%

of study abroad alumni felt their studies abroad helped them build valuable skills for the job market. (4) A second study confirms this at 85%. (9)

40%

of US businesses failed to expand due to a dearth of staff international experience. (13)

80%

of study abroad students reported that study abroad allowed them to better adapt to diverse work environments. (4)

70%

of study abroad alumni claimed that because of study abroad they were more satisfied with their jobs. (4)

59%

of employers said study abroad would be valuable in an individual’s career later on with their organization. (10)

34%

of study abroad alumni claimed that study abroad helped them choose their career field. (4)

19%

lower unemployment rates were found among study abroad alumni according to a British study. (4)
Graduation & Academic Performance

100%

greater improvement in GPA post-study abroad. Students who studied abroad saw their GPAs rise twice as quickly as their peers. (8)

19%

more likely to graduate: that describes how study abroad participants are more likely to graduate than non-participants. (5, 6, 7)
Personal Growth

97%

of study abroad alumni attributed study abroad to increased maturity. (12)

96%

of study abroad alumni claimed an increase in self-confidence attributed to study abroad. (12)

89%

of study abroad alumni reported that study abroad facilitated a greater tolerance for ambiguity. (12)
Resources
1 Benefits of Study Abroad
2 New Survey Shows College Graduates Who Study Abroad Land Career-Related Jobs Sooner, with Higher Starting Salaries
3 How Higher Education Affects Lifetime Salary
4 AIFS Study Abroad Outcomes
5 UC San Diego Study: 2011 EAP and OAP Retention, Graduation, and Time-to-Degree Combined
6 Go Abroad and Graduate On-Time: Study Abroad Participation, Degree Completion, and Time-to-Degree
7 The Effect of Study Abroad on College Completion in a State University System
8 Academic Outcomes of Study Abroad
9 The Impact of Studying Abroad on Recent College Graduates’ Careers
 10 Employers Value Candidates Who Study Abroad
11 Mobile Students More Likely to Have a Job
12 How More Study Abroad Programmes Could Benefit Society
13 Paul Simon Study Abroad Act Back on Legislative Cards

IN THE NEWS

How Studying Abroad Makes You A Better Leader by Shellie Karabell

Once upon a time, doing business abroad was unique: Berlitz and others published books on business etiquette for those venturing across the ocean, language books enabling you to order in a restaurant or to get you through a social encounter. And once upon a time, that was enough. Today, thanks to technology and the internet, the world is global. Business is global. Nearly three-fourths of all S&P 500 companies today report some kind of international revenue. Read more.


Study abroad: the career benefits by James Connington

There are skills to be gained from moving country and adjusting to a new teaching system. It’s also far easier to identify the skills you are lacking when you step outside your comfort zone – and going abroad to study is a fairly serious step. Read more.