The AUCP is more than a study abroad program; it was conceived to be a model for the field in an attempt to prove just how much learning could be achieved in a semester of language and intercultural study abroad. Since its inception, the AUCP and its founders have proudly contributed to the field of international education through research, presentations, and publications – all in defense of the highest standards in student learning abroad.
Now, it’s time to get better acquainted! The Forum on Education Abroad in New Orleans is the perfect place for international education and study abroad professionals to connect with the AUCP. AUCP Founding Director Lilli Engle will be at the forum, along with AUCP Resident Student Advisor Nitin Beeharry. A founding member of the Advisory Council of the Forum on Education Abroad, AUCP Founding Director Lilli Engle was the Forum’s Plenary Speaker at the Annual Conference Chicago in 2013.
Come meet Lilli and Nitin at the AUCP stand at Table 20 in the Forum Exhibit Hall from 2 P.M. – 8 P.M. on Wednesday, March 25th and from 8 A.M – 5 P.M. on Thursday, March 26th, and don’t miss Lilli’s conference session this year :
Alignment and Accountability: Breaking the Hold of Satisfaction-based Qualitative Assessment Questionnaires
BY LILLI ENGLE| THURSDAY, MARCH 26 | 8:45-10 A.M.
A lack of dialogue amongst the actors involved in sending, receiving, educating, and overseeing students perpetuates the easy commercialization of study abroad, content to measure success by the numbers of students sent and by the student-response to the all-important assessment question: “Would you recommend this program to a classmate?”
For those who would like to bring real value to “student satisfaction” thanks to the collaborative, intentional design of in-house qualitative assessment questionnaires, Lilli’s session offers a simple, sure way to reverse-engineer program excellence based on clearly stated learning-goals. In this session, learn to:
- Articulate your program-specific missions, goals, and targeted learning outcomes
- Design assessment questions that respect intercultural complexity and consider the essential elements of student engagement necessary to a “successful” experience abroad.
What’s the Forum?
Launched in 2000, the Forum on Education Abroad is a non-profit, membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. The Forum provides training and resources to education abroad professionals and its Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged. Its programs provide quality assurance for the field through use of the Standards, and its annual conference is one of the most prestigious in the field of international education.
What’s this year’s conference about?
This year’s conference, “It Takes a Campus & More: The Faces of Education Abroad” will take March 25-27th in New Orleans, Louisiana focuses on the different ways that the field of education abroad and all of its stakeholders can support student success abroad, before, during and after their experience. The conference will examine the many faces of education abroad, their diverse perspectives, and how we can all work together to improve the student experience.
Who’s going to be there?
At the Forum you’ll meet anybody who’s anybody in the field — study abroad directors and advisors, administrators and educators alike, from the US and abroad come together to discuss key concerns and avenues of development for the field.
Friends, partners and colleagues, we hope to see you there!
For more information on the Forum for Education Abroad, visit their website.
To see publications and research on the AUCP, click here.