Notes on Argument for formation of the NAFSA SECUSSA Research Committee
On March 16, 2002, NAFSA approved six goals of the 2003-2005 NAFSA Strategic Plan. Goal 1, Objective 1.5 of thisplan is to “commission and fund research that supports the promotion of foreign student access to the United States and/orU.S. student participation in education abroad.”One of the key objectives of NAFSA’s 2001-2003 Strategic Plan was to “spearhead a comprehensive national initiative toexpand U.S. student participation in education abroad.” As a result, NAFSA created the Strategic Task Force onEducation Abroad. This NAFSA task force developed a strategy of five specific goals including “identifying issues thatneed further analysis, data collection, or research.”SECUSSA’s Standing Rules also recognize the importance of continued research on U.S. students abroad. Specifically,one of the main points of SECUSSA’s Mission Statement is to “provide opportunities for exploring the future of education abroad: new models, new modes, new programs, new accountabilities, new goals, new outcomes.”NAFSA is a member of the Association for Studies in International Education (ASIE). ASIE comprises ten of the world'smost prestigious international education organizations. ASIE's mission is to encourage serious research and publicationsconcerning international education and academic mobility, to stimulate interest in such work, and to develop and promoteways to disseminate this work in a cost-effective and accessible format. On January 1, 2000, ASIE became the officialpublisher of the
Journal of Studies in International Education
. (ASIE/CIEE).http://www.ciee.org/journal.cfm?subnav=journalNAFSA/SECUSSA’s sister organizations such as the Forum on Education Abroad, Association of International EducationAdministrators (AIEA) and even the National Society for Experiential Education who recently established the NSEEAssessment, Evaluation and Research SIG (one of the five areas of focus is "Assessing Study Abroad as ExperientialEducation") have established committees or special interest groups devoted to researching U.S. students abroad.
Research strategy on U.S. students abroad within NAFSA and SECUSSA:
NAFSA Strategic Plan 2003-2005 (http://www.nafsa.org/content/InsideNAFSA/StrategicPlan/StratPlan.htm
)Goal 1: Be a strong public advocate for policy, laws, and regulations that promote and enhance international educationopportunities.Objective 1.5: Commission and fund research that supports the promotion of foreign student access to theUnited States and/or U.S. student participation in education abroad.
NAFSA Strategic Plan 2001-2003(http://www.nafsa.org//content/InsideNAFSA/MissionandGoals/StrategicPlan/StratPlan.htm
)Goal 1: Be a strong public advocate for policy, laws, and regulations that promote and enhance international educationopportunities.Objective 1.4: Spearhead a comprehensive national initiative to expand U.S. student participation in educationabroad. (lead to the formation of the NAFSA Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad)
NAFSA Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad: Mission and Scope(http://www.nafsa.org/content/publicpolicy/stf/missionandscope.htm
)Objective 3. Identify issues that need further analysis, data collection, or research.
SECUSSA Standing Rules: Rule I. Mission Statement (http://www.secussa.nafsa.org/standingrules.html
)E. To provide opportunities for exploring the future of education abroad: new models, new modes, new programs,new accountabilities, new goals, new outcomes.
Prospectus for the 3rd Edition of NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad: For Advisors, Administrators, and OverseasDirectors (http://www.kzoo.edu/cip/eaguide/
)Proposed Chapter: DEMOGRAPHICS AND THE RESEARCH AGENDAWhat we need to know and why-- what IIE’s Open Doors, 1985-2002, tells us: overall numbers, duration of stay, genderbalance, program sponsorship, academic level, destinations, field of study, race and ethnicity - what Open Doors doesn’ttell us -- other demographic studies and resources -- the national need for better data -- the research roles of international