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Joe Tullbane

Joe Tullbane (International Education)

July 2008

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St. Norbert program is first to merit new national recognition

Studying abroad through St. Norbert College means taking part in a program that is the first in the country to receive national recognition under a new assessment process.

National standards for best practices in study abroad have been developed by the Forum on Education, the council for study abroad providers and users headquartered at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
The forum has been working for the past three years to develop national standards for education abroad and successfully piloted those standards in 2006-07.

“Study abroad is such a vital portion of any college or university experience that national standards should be a requirement for every such program,” says Joe Tullbane (International Education). “Schools must be held to high academic, social and safety standards when sending their students to other countries of the world.

“We saw the participation in this unique process as an opportunity to see how our procedures and operations could stand up to scrutiny by our peers internationally. I think successfully finishing the process strengthens St. Norbert College’s contention that our study abroad operation is in excellent condition for the future.”
As of June 1, only two other institutions shared the international recognition: the University of Limerick in Ireland and the Foundation for International Education in London.

The Forum on Education’s pilot program took the form of a voluntary assessment process offered to institutions of higher learning around the country. St. Norbert was in the first group of colleges and universities to go through the process, known as the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP).
QUIP is a multi-step assessment that involves a self-study report, a review and site visits by independent peer reviewers to the school and to at least two of its overseas programs. A review of the peer reviewers’ findings by a Forum Review Panel ensures rigorous application of consistent standards. This process was completed in April and the forum has issued a finding that St. Norbert College has met all the requirements for its Standards of Best Practice designation.

Study Abroad 2007-08

• 123 students studied abroad
• 15 countries
• 25 program sites
• 26.8% undertook coursework in a foreign language while abroad
• 28% of the graduating class of 2008 had studied abroad for one semester or more

Most popular destinations

By continent:
Europe    84.55%
Oceania   8.9%
Asia   4.07%
Latin America   1.63%
Africa   0.8%

By country:
Italy   21.9%
England    20.3%
Ireland   14.6%
Spain   13%
Australia   9%
France   4.9%
Japan   4%
Other   10.3%

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