ERIC Number: ED360508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Exchange Programs. Inventory of International Educational, Cultural, and Training Programs. Briefing Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.
A study reviewed the U.S. government-funded international educational, cultural, and training exchange programs. Sixteen agencies with about 75 programs were identified for inclusion in an inventory of such programs. The large number of programs managed by the various agencies created the potential for program duplication, overlap, and fragmentation. Officials of several organizations, including the Agency for International Development (AID) and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) acknowledged the potential for duplication and described an overlapping of responsibilities between the two agencies, but they did not view this as a serious problem. USIA had primary responsibility to provide policy guidance for U.S. government-funded international informational and exchange activities, but coordination, evaluation, and oversight efforts had been minimal. With the exception of the legislation that authorized new exchange and training programs in Eastern Europe, the officials who managed exchange programs generally described the laws authorizing the programs as flexible enough to carry out their programs with few restrictions. (Appendixes contain the following: list of the U.S. government's exchange and training programs, including implementing agency, name, purpose, eligibility, and type of program; brief program descriptions; information on program management issues; and objectives, scope, and methodology of the study.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Cultural Exchange, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Intercultural Programs, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, International Relations, Program Effectiveness, Technical Assistance
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies, $2 each; 100 or more, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.