Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development

The ACPA Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development (CGDSD) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 inaugural research grant: Dr. Tamara Yakaboski, Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado. Congratulations to Dr. Yakaboski!

Research Project: Tuition fee implementation for non-EU students studying in Finnish English-taught Master's (ETMs) Degrees

Abstract of Study: A critical moment in Finnish higher education occurred this fall 2017 as the nation implemented its first ever tuition fees and targeted only non-European Union (international) students across all universities. This study examines that moment from the perspectives of over 50 individuals, including: 1) students’ union representatives; 2) selected impacted students; 3) faculty, who coordinate English-taught degree programs; and, 4) administrators, who are charged with implementation of these fees or work with international students. The creation of tuition fees in a country that previously had none is significant given the Finnish cultural values of equal access to education. This study investigates how three Finnish universities have implemented fees and their related scholarship schemes. Additionally, the study examines the impact of the fees on international students in regards to introducing stratification into the student experience and system. Finnish and European Union students currently continue to have no tuition fee requirement.  

Note: Research undertaken while sponsored as a visiting researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research/Koulutuksen tutkimuslaitos, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.