Institutional structures

Web Resources

AACC-ACCT Joint Statement (AACC): on the role of community colleges in International Education.

AIEA Listserv Summaries (AIEA): This resource archives questions sent out on the AIEA listserv and the summary of responses; several involve topics relating to institutional structures (topics include communications staffing in international education offices, institutional structures at schools with no Senior International Officer, etc.).

External Funding Sources (ACE): This is a downloadable list of funding sources for international activities on college campuses.

Internationalization in Action: The Internationalization Committee (ACE): For many institutions, a first step in the internationalization process is to establish a committee charged with developing a plan and advising senior leadership on strategy and implementation. This installment includes examples, sample documents, and advice from a variety of institutions.

Internationalization Toolkit (ACE): This website is a collection of resources and good practice gathered from institutions during their internationalization review and strategic planning phases.

Publications (Free)

Code of Ethics for Education Abroad (2011) (Forum on Education Abroad): The Code of Ethics provides direction to institutions and organizations involved in education abroad, assisting organizations to provide services in accord with the highest ethical standards. The  Code is the culmination of exhaustive research, discussion, and consensus-building among education abroad, legal and ethics professionals.

Moving to the Center: Five strategies for strengthening institutional commitment to global initiatives (2015) (AIEA): This issue brief describes the importance of global competencies for students is widely acknowledged, yet SIOs and the units they lead are often on the periphery of colleges and universities  Fortunately, formal power is not the only way to increase the impact and prominence of global initiatives.  This Issue Brief offers five strategies SIOs can use to better understand their institutions and help them “Move Global to the Center.”

Preliminary Report: 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey (The Forum on Education Abroad): This report provides preliminary data from responses to the Individual set of survey questions in the 2013 Institutional and Program Resources Survey.  Additional analysis and a report of data from the Organizational survey will be published at a later date.

Presidential Perspectives (AIEA): Articles on international education by college and university presidents in the US and around the world.

Provosts’s Perspectives (AIEA): Compelling perspective from university provosts on higher education internationalization.

Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad (5th edition, 2015)  (The Forum on Education Abroad):  Recognized by the US federal government as the Standards Development Organization for education  abroad, the goal of the Forum’s  Standards  of Good Practice is to improve practices in education abroad, so that  students’ international educational experiences are as rich and meaningful as possible.

Strengthening Study Abroad: Recommendations for Effective Institutional Management (NAFSA): The 2008 report of the presidential task force outlining the key questions every institution must ask.

The Forum Pathways Survey: Report and Results  (2008) (The Forum on Education Abroad):  This  project examines the professional development of the field by gathering data  about salaries, workload, and other job-related topics.

The Forum State of the Field Survey (The Forum on Education Abroad, 2013): Since 2006, the Forum on Education Abroad has collected data through its State of the Field Surveys in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The goal of each of these surveys has been to take the pulse of the field on key issues and trends. The Forum uses the responses from the State of the Field Surveys to report out important data that is useful to the field at large; to shape the Forum’s research and program agenda; and to inform the projects of its committees and working groups.

The Forum Survey on Program Management in Education Abroad (2007)  (The Forum on Education Abroad):  A survey of current practices in the field, it assesses types of programs offered, institution and program provider relations, policies for awarding academic credit, structuring of study abroad program fees, systems for funding the study abroad office, program evaluation methods, and other areas of  education abroad program management.

Publications for Purchase

Frontiers: The Interdisciplnary Journal of Education Abroad (The Forum on Education Abroad): Frontiers publishes thought-provoking research articles, insightful essays, and concise book reviews that documents some of the best thinking, assessment,  and innovative programming in the  education abroad field. After one year of publication, all content is available as a free download.


AAC&U Annual Meeting (AAC&U): This year was AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will examined the multiple meanings of “global flourishing” for individuals and society. Click on Session Materials, under Resources, to find session PowerPoints, handouts, and other useful resources. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting is held each year in January.

Programs & Institutes

AIEA Academy for New Senior International Officers (AIEA): This yearly Academy, intended for Senior International Officers in the first three years of their current appointment, takes place in May of each year at Duke University. Topics generally covered include: relations with administration; involving faculty in internationalization; making alliances; programs and partnerships; communications; assessment; recruitment; SIO career trajectories; and resources.

At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments (ACE): This initiative seeks to engage a group of higher education institutions in examining the commonalities and potential for collaboration between diversity/multicultural education and internationalization on U.S. campuses. The basis for this program is a 2007 publication At Home in the World (publication for purchase).

Internationalization Collaborative (ACE): The Internationalization Collaborative serves as a learning community that provides a forum for faculty and administrators to share ideas and help each other in furthering their international agendas. Members share information about institutional strategies and outcomes and key issues that need further research and advocacy.

QUIP (Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad) (The Forum on Education Abroad): is a guided self-study and peer review process, resulting in a comprehensive report and recommendations in the areas of program design, evaluation and assessment, marketing and promotion, student advising, and resources and operations. QUIP’s three types of reviews support an institution’s own quality assurance initiatives and is easily adapted to organizations with different philosophies and infrastructures.