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This paper reports on a research project examining the application of Return on Investment (ROI) analysis methods to the concept of International Education (IE). The purpose of this project was to draft, pilot and refine tools and guidelines for utilizing the "Return on Investment" (ROI) methodology for developing cost/benefit analyses of International Education (IE) initiatives. While a ROI perspective can be from the student, the institution, the government and/or society at large, the research focused on the institutional perspective only. The study of ROI can include both tangible and intangible measures, and focused on seeking monetary measures while respecting the importance of non-monetary costs and returns. The purpose of this project was to generate a defensible method of accounting for IE expenditures and policies.

The British Columbia Centre for International Education (BCCIE) undertook this project, which started on January 6, 2003 and completed on March 31, 2003. The project was managed by BCCIE and the research undertaken by Dr. Kathryn Barker, President of FuturEd Inc.