What is the relationship between College of Mount Saint Vincent and IPSL?
College of Mount Saint Vincent (CMSV) is IPSL’s academic home and also the East Coast headquarters for IPSL program operations. Our strategic partnership with CMSV includes collaboration on the graduate program in International Development & Service and individualized study abroad advising and support.
Why did CMSV and IPSL decide to collaborate?
Founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York, the College of Mount Saint Vincent emphasizes excellence, inclusion, and service. IPSL is the Founder and Leader in ethical service-learning abroad. The shared commitment to a life of Ethical Service is the main reason CMSV and IPSL have partnered. There are many more, however.
We know from recent research that study abroad can increase student retention and graduation rates.* “Increasingly, international educators are researching the link between study abroad and retention and graduation rates, busting the myth that study abroad delays time to graduation […].” CMSV has made a powerful decision to empower student success by making such international education opportunities a reality for Mount students.
CMSV is also one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, which offers an exceptional opportunity for IPSL and CMSV to create greater access to international education programming for underrepresented groups. Through this partnership, every college student has an opportunity to study abroad, but College of Mount Saint Vincent students have an advantage: they can imbue their study abroad experiences with meaningful work that makes a difference. Through the Mount’s partnership with IPSL, undergraduate and graduate students can expand their academic studies, gain valuable work skills, and build their intercultural competency through participation in: service-learning curriculum, international and domestic service-learning projects for local community organizations, Advocacy Research™, and tailored programming abroad for academic credit.
* “Study Abroad. Graduate on Time.” Inside Higher Ed. July 10, 2012.