First UT participant taking classes through National Student Exchange

January 21, 2011 | Features, UToday
By Sarah Ritenour

Kenneth Evans is starting the new year by taking classes at a new school, thanks to the the National Student Exchange program.

Evans is the first UT student to participate in the program, which allows students to study at other institutions around the country for the same tuition they pay at UT.

In order to participate, the student must hold a 2.5 GPA, have completed 24 credit hours, must be full-time and in good academic standing, have no outstanding financial obligations to the University, and must not be in trouble with the law.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore their world, not just internationally, but domestically as well,” said Dr. Sammy Spann, director of academic engagement.

Evans is studying geography at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh.

“At the start of my final semester at UT, last year I decided that I wanted more than just a political science degree,” Evans said. “After speaking with some faculty members, I found that geography was a good fit for me and it would only add an extra year to my curriculum.”

Any travel while studying provides a great opportunity for students because it gives them education context; however, many students cannot afford to travel, but this program provides reasonable means for students to do so, Evans said.

Both Spann and Evans agree that the program is an incredible new opportunity for students.

“The U.S is a vast and diverse nation; there is real benefit in having our future leaders venturing out of Ohio to see what the rest of the country is like,” Evans said. “Because of this program, the next big idea for Ohio could come from a student studying in Florida or British Columbia, for example.”

For more information on the National Student Exchange program, contact Spann at 419.530.5868.

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