A Guide for Senior International Officers and Education Abroad Directors
In January 2008, a NAFSA task force of presidents and senior administrators
issued a landmark report, Strengthening Study Abroad: Recommendations for
Effective Institutional Management. This report, the first set of
comprehensive recommendations to address the importance of integrating study
abroad into the institution, provides an opportunity for campus-wide
involvement in discussing key study abroad management issues.
The report was endorsed by a number of higher education associations, and some of these - AASCU, AACC, NASULGC as examples - are planning to or have already distributed the report to college and university presidents.
Using the Report
How you use the report depends on your campus
environment. In a recent Collegial
Conversation, four prominent study abroad professionals - Joe Brockington
(Kalamazoo), Kathleen Sideli (Indiana), Susan Thompson (UNLV), and Anders
Uhrskov (DIS) discussed the value of the report, and their ideas for using it
on a campus.
Before you do anything else, read the report and review
your own policies and procedures to see how well they reflect the task force
Review examples of tools and strategies from
various institutions that illustrate and support the application of the
report's recommendations 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 examples from various
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 is helpful to them. A set of Frequently Asked Questions provides a quick overview you
- 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. You can download a sample PowerPoint
presentation. (1mb )
If you have additional ideas to add to this resource page, send us an e-mail.