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ERIC Number: ED538493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Results of the Survey on Program Management in Education Abroad. Executive Summary
Forum on Education Abroad
In an effort to assess the latest practices in the field of education abroad and provide information to its members, the field of education abroad, and the media, the Forum on Education Abroad's Data Committee, under the leadership of its chair, Kim Kreutzer, designed a survey on study abroad program management. The Data Committee was assisted in this effort by the Forum's Standards Committee and the Forum Council. A secondary goal was to provide information useful to the work of drafting a code of ethics for education abroad, a project that was begun at an Ethics Meeting convened at the Forum offices in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on September 23-25, 2007. A further goal of the survey is to help inform the Forum's work in the area of Standards of Good Practice. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as a Standards Development Organization for education abroad, the Forum develops and disseminates best practices and, through its Quality Improvement Program (QUIP), assists Forum member institutions to improve the quality of their education abroad programs. A total of 75 U.S. colleges and universities and 20 study abroad provider organizations, host institutions and programs located outside of the United States responded to the survey. The survey results reveal that there is tremendous variety in the ways that institutions manage study abroad programs. The types of programs offered, policies for awarding academic credit, structuring of study abroad program fees, systems for funding the study abroad office, program evaluation methods, and other areas of program management vary widely. Likewise, the results show that there is great variation in the ways institutions and providers relate to each other, although the top consideration reported by institutions regarding whether or not to affiliate with or approve a study abroad program is academic quality. The survey also shows that the practices that have drawn recent media attention are relatively uncommon. For purposes of analysis, the results of the survey can be divided into five thematic areas: 1) Institutional Responses to the Public Scrutiny of Education Abroad; 2) A Complex Field with Diverse Practices; 3) Relations Between Institutions and Program Providers; 4) Program Evaluation and Site Visits; and 5) Study Abroad Finances. [For the full report, "Results of the Survey on Program Management in Education Abroad," see ED538503.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Forum on Education Abroad