What are the next
The report is endorsed by NAFSA's
Board of Directors and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC),
the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the
American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Universities
(AAU), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
(NASULGC), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and
Universities (NAICU). Discussions are underway with these six associations to
share the report with their members. One presentation has already been
scheduled at the AACC Conference in April 2008.
Forum on institutional management of education abroad will be held at the
NAFSA Conference on Tuesday, May 26. The forum will feature representatives of
the task force and presidential associations.
The Education Abroad
(EA) and International Leadership (IEL) knowledge communities have developed a
task force to develop resources and tools to support members in initiating and
engaging in discussions on institutional management of study abroad on their
campus (e.g. Power Point, Collegial Conversation, annual conference session).
What can university study abroad
professionals do now?
- Review your own
policies and procedures to see how well they reflect the task force
- Review the examples of tools and strategies from
various institutions that illustrate and support the application of the
report's recommendations on the resources Web page and contribute examples
from your institution. Senior administrators and education abroad
professionals welcome samples to review, and the report is enriched by a
variety of samples from various institutions.
- Bring the report to the
attention of the senior administrators on your campus. They may well receive
the report from other sources at another time - more than one reminder of it
is helpful to them.
- When the opportunity presents itself, encourage a
dialogue on your campus about the report. As the report points out, the
discussion should include not only study abroad, but other campus stakeholders
such as institutional counsel, student services, and faculty deans.