Federal Support for Training Foreign Language and Area Specialists

The Education and Careers of FLAS Fellowship Recipients

by Lorraine M. McDonnell, Cathy Stasz, Rodger Madison


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This report examines the training and careers of individuals who received support through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program. It profiles their training, employment history, and on-the-job use of language and area skills. The report also assesses the extent to which such usage varies across occupational categories, world areas, degree cohorts, and academic disciplines. The authors conclude that the training of language and area studies specialists has remained much the same, while major changes have occurred in the job market and in skill utilization patterns. There is no question that universities have provided high-quality training to a group of talented and motivated students. The task is now to reshape that training in the face of new realities, so an important national resource will not go unused.

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