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International Programs noted for good practices

The Center for International Programs has been recognized for conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad by the Forum on Education Abroad.

The college was cited for its “commitment and dedication to offering high quality programs in education abroad.”

New Paltz was one of only 19 institutions worldwide selected to participate in the Forum on Education Abroad’s pilot project to establish standards for study abroad programs.

"This is very unique," said Bruce Sillner, dean of the Center for International Programs. “No other SUNY schools – and very few other colleges and universities from around the world – have this distinction.”

The forum was designated as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad in 2005 by the Federal Trade Commission. The following year, the program began testing the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad in a pilot project with a group of volunteerinstitutional participants – domestic and overseas providers, domestic and overseas universities and colleges, community colleges and consortia.

This structured field testing involved a rigorous self-study and report, site review and report by peer reviewers, response to the report, and final determination issued by the Forum Review Panel – an objective third body.

In March, Sillner will travel to the forum conference in Austin, Texas, where the results of this landmark project will be presented and discussed.

The Forum on Education Abroad was created in 2001 to meet the needs of the education abroad profession. Members include educational institutions, consortia, agencies and organizations, as well as individual leaders in the field, and membership has grown to include 200 institutions, with an increased presence of non-U.S. institutions, most notably from Australia. The membership represents 60 percent of the U.S. study abroad market. Members have worked to establish standards of good practice, improve study abroad curricula, and promote data collection and outcomes assessment, all to advocate for high quality education abroad programs.

For more information on the Center for International Programs, call x3125 or visit the Center for International Programs Web site.

February 26, 2007
Volume 5, Issue 4

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