ERIC Number: ED180388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Academic Programs Abroad: The CIEE Project. CIEE Occasional Papers on International Educational Exchange No. 21.
Abrams, Irwin; Heller, Francis H.
The evaluation of overseas educational programs for U.S. students by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is discussed. The history of the CIEE is reviewed from its beginnings in 1947 when its members were national programming agencies concerned with making travel arrangements for summer programs. As the CIEE grew in membership, the concern for distinguishing among programs and maintaining quality programs deepened, leading to the development of the CIEE Evaluation Service in 1972. The purpose of the evaluation service is to establish means for quality control through which member institutions could help one another improve their programs. To participate, an institution first undergoes self-study according to the CIEE guide. This self-study is followed by a site visit from CIEE. Each visiting team from CIEE submits two reports on the educational program. A technical report, solely for the use of the team members, contains no substantive findings about the specific programs. Reports are also prepared for the participating institutions. Included in the reports to the institution are a brief description of the program; a schedule of the visit; a summarized evaluation of the program, setting forth recommendations and responses; and a section-by-section analysis of the program. The effectiveness of the CIEE evaluation process is discussed and it is suggested that their reports enable institutions to improve the quality of the overseas educational experience. (SF)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Exchange Programs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Education, International Educational Exchange, Program Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Groups), Standards, Student Experience, Study Abroad
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), 205 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on International Educational Exchange, New York, NY.