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 this plan is to “commission and fund research that supports the promotion of foreign student access to the United States and/or U.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 to expand U.S. student participation in education abroad.” As a result, NAFSA created the Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad. This NAFSA task force developed a strategy of five specific goals including “identifying issues that need 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's most prestigious international education organizations. ASIE's mission is to encourage serious research and publications concerning international education and academic mobility, to stimulate interest in such work, and to develop and promote ways to disseminate this work in a cost-effective and accessible format. On January 1, 2000, ASIE became the official publisher of the Journal of Studies in International Education. (ASIE/CIEE). http://www.ciee.org/journal.cfm?subnav=journal NAFSA/SECUSSA’s sister organizations such as the Forum on Education Abroad, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and even the National Society for Experiential Education who recently established the NSEE Assessment, Evaluation and Research SIG (one of the five areas of focus is "Assessing Study Abroad as Experiential Education") 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:
1. 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 education opportunities. Objective 1.5: Commission and fund research that supports the promotion of foreign student access to the United States and/or U.S. student participation in education abroad. 2. 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 education opportunities. Objective 1.4: Spearhead a comprehensive national initiative to expand U.S. student participation in education abroad. (lead to the formation of the NAFSA Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad) 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. Prospectus for the 3rd Edition of NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad: For Advisors, Administrators, and Overseas Directors (http://www.kzoo.edu/cip/eaguide/) Proposed Chapter: DEMOGRAPHICS AND THE RESEARCH AGENDA What we need to know and why-- what IIE’s Open Doors, 1985-2002, tells us: overall numbers, duration of stay, gender balance, program sponsorship, academic level, destinations, field of study, race and ethnicity - what Open Doors doesn’t tell us -- other demographic studies and resources -- the national need for better data -- the research roles of international

educators -- institutional need for better data: security/health and safety issues - initiating and managing campus data collection -- operational databases -- new resources for supporting data collection - the Forum on Education Abroad 6. Researching Education Abroad: Data Collection and Assessment on Campus and Overseas Workshop #27, Salt Lake City Conference (http://www.nafsa.org/content/ProfessionalandEducationalResources/training/2003workshops/Workshop27.htm)

*This document was submitted to the SECUSSA Team during the 2003 NAFSA annual conference in Salt Lake City to provide support for the approval of the SECUSSA Research Committee.

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