Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, 6th Edition

4. Guiding Principles

4.1. Mission and Goals

Each organization shall write and distribute its mission, goals, objectives, and outcomes.

4.1.1. Each organization shall create and distribute a mission statement that defines the scope of its work, values, and aspirations.

4.1.2. Responsible parties shall ensure that educational objectives are central to program design and implementation and that the objectives support the mission and goals.

4.1.3. Responsible parties shall write and distribute goals, objectives, and outcomes for education abroad programming to partners and participants.

4.1.4. Responsible parties shall evaluate the ways in which education abroad programming is or is not achieving its mission, goals, objectives, and outcomes.

4.1.5. Responsible parties shall assess the outcomes and use these findings for continuous improvement.

Shall = minimum requirement | Should = recommendation | Can = possibility

Prompts for Self Assessment
  1. What is your mission statement?
  2. How do you define the scope of the values and aspirations of your organization’s work?
  3. In what ways do you prioritize educational objectives in the design and implementation of your programs?
  4. What are the goals, objectives and outcomes for each program?
  5. Where is your organization’s mission statement publicly available on your website?
  6. How do you train your personnel on your organization’s mission and goals?
  7. How do you communicate your organization’s mission and goals to partners and potential partners?
  8. How do you regularly assess the extent to which you are achieving your mission, goals, objectives, and outcomes?
  9. How do you use the results of these assessments for continuous improvement?

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