ERIC Number: ED209989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
NAFSA Principles for International Educational Exchange.
National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC.
Guidelines for institutional leaders as they develop policy regarding international educational exchange for their colleges and universities and community programs are presented. These standards or principles of effective practice, which will form the basis of a program of self-regulation and will promote self-evaluation and improvement efforts, were developed by the Task Force on Standards and Responsibilities of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs. Principles are presented for institutions overall and specifically in regard to the admission of foreign students, English programs and determination of English proficiency, foreign student/scholar services, the provision of community services and programs, and U.S. study abroad. Among the principles for institutions are the following: programs in international educational exchange should be closely related to and consistent with the basic purposes and strengths of the institution; and the institution should acknowledge its responsibility to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural needs--social, religious, dietary, and housing. It is suggested that admissions materials should be sensitive to candidates' unfamiliarity with U.S. education and lack of facility in the English language, and that the foreign admissions process should be conducted by personnel who are trained and competent in the interpretation of foreign educational records. In evaluating English proficiency, both level and field of study should be considered. Principles for the provision of English support courses and intensive English programs for foreign students, and services that are needed for these students within the college and in the community are also identified. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Administrative Policy, Ancillary School Services, College Admission, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Guidelines, Higher Education, Intensive Language Courses, International Educational Exchange, Language Proficiency, Policy Formation, School Community Programs, School Orientation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Recruitment, Study Abroad
National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, 1860 19th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC.