CEPP Subcommittee:
Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Programs
(ACOP)



ACOP Membership
Charge
Meeting Notes
Guidelines & Policies
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ACOP MEMBERSHIP

Academic Year 2010-2011:

As a response to FEC's motion on reducing committee membership across campus, ACOP decided to reduce its size and structure beginning in fall 2010. Given the scope of work the committee has been asked to do over the past two years, a standing committee of three to seven faculty members no longer seemed necessary. Moving forward, OCSE will work with one faculty member, who is also a member of CEPP, to seek advice on routine policy, non-approved program petitions, and procedural issues. As needed and based on specific questions or issues, OCSE will appropriate faculty members throughout the College, most likely former ACOP members, when in need of specific experience and expertise in a given area. Even though ACOP will be shifting to an advisory group, it will remain a standing sub-committee of CEPP.

Academic Year 2009-2010:

Rubén Graciani, Dance, Committee Chair and CEPP representative
Leslie Mechem, Classics
Adrienne Zuerner, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Cori Filson, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges
Tina Breakell, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

Academic Year 2008-2009:

Erica Bastress-Dukehart, History, Committee Chair, CEPP representative
Sylvia Franke, Biology
Leslie Mechem, Classics
Adrienne Zuerner, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Cori Filson, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges
Tina Breakell, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

Academic Year 2007-2008:

Erica Bastress-Dukehart, History, Committee Chair, CEPP representative
Sylvia Franke, Biology
Leslie Mechem, Classics
Patricia Rubio, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Cori Filson, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges
Marie alice Arnold / Tina Breakell, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

Academic Year 2006-2007:

Deb Hall, Studio Art, Committee Chair, CEPP representative
Kate Leavitt, Studio Art
Leslie Mechem, Classics
Rajesh Nagarajan, Chemistry
Mary-Elizabeth O'Brien, International Affairs and Foreign Languages & Literatures
Patricia Rubio, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Cori Filson, Office of International Programs
Marie alice Arnold, Office of International Programs

Academic Year 2005-2006:

Michael Arnush, Classics, Committee Chair, CEPP representative
Deb Hall, CEPP representative, Studio Art
Sue Bender, Anthropology
Jim Kennelly, Management & Business
Kate Leavitt, Studio Art
Monica Raveret-Richter, Biology
Patricia Rubio, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Cori Filson, Office of International Programs
Marie alice Arnold, Office of International Programs

Academic Year 2004-2005:

Michael Arnush, Classics, Committee Chair, CEPP representative
John Anzalone, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Sue Bender, Anthropology
Jim Kennelly, Management & Business
Monica Raveret-Richter, Biology
Pete Stake, Studio Art
Cori Filson, Office of International Programs
Marie alice Arnold, Office of International Programs

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CHARGE (revised November 2008)

The CEPP sub-committee on off-campus study - the Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Programs - serves in an advisory capacity for the office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges on issues defined by CEPP and/or OCSE. As an advisory body, ACOP crafts its agenda in direct and regular consultation with OCSE, and OCSE solicits advice from ACOP on a broad range of off-campus study abroad. Off-campus study is an integral aspect of a Skidmore education: the college strives to develop a compelling link between students' academic and co-curricular work before and after the off-campus study experience and their work while away, in order to embed off-campus study in our students' overall educational experience.

ACOP reports regularly to CEPP and issues an annual report in consultation with the office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges.

CHARGE (revised 4/1/2006)

NOTE: The Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Programs (ACOP) was formerly named the "Advisory Committee on International Study (ACIS)", and, the Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges (OCSE) was formerly called the "Office of International Programs (OIP).")

The CEPP sub-committee on study abroad - the Advisory Committee on International Study - serves in an advisory capacity for the Office of International Programs on issues defined by CEPP and/or the OIP. As an advisory body, ACIS crafts its agenda in direct and regular consultation with OIP, and OIP solicits advice from ACIS on a broad range of study abroad matters. Study abroad is an integral aspect of a Skidmore education: the college strives to develop a compelling link between students' academic and co-curricular work before and after study abroad and their work while abroad, in order to to embed overseas study into our students' overall educational experience.

The Advisory Committee, consisting of faculty members appointed by CEPP for a two-year term, and the director of OIP, will be charged with the following responsibilities:

  • review, evaluate and possibly recommend revisions of current policies governing overseas study in year-long, semester, and short-term programs;
  • develop mechanisms for changing the Approved Programs list, and for conducting systematic reviews of existing Approved Programs that allow us to maintain quality and variety in the portfolio of programs made available to students;
  • review petitions from students applying to study abroad on a program not on the Approved Programs lsit;
  • consider recommending the creation of a summer Approved Programs list, and the appropriate mechanisms for the development of such a list;
  • develop mechanisms for more thoroughly and formally preparing students for overseas study, and integrating their experiences into the classroom upon return. This may include recommendations to assess the learning outcomes for study abroad (at short-term or semester-long programs);
  • coordinate with the Intercultural and Global Understanding Task Force the implementation of the college's goals for study abroad as articulated in the Strategic Plan and the Middle States Self-Study;
  • collect relevant data on study abroad (e.g., retention, achievement, diversity, gender, etc.) and provide recommendations aimed at eliminating inconsistencies in the data collection;
  • recommend a plan for the management of the growth of study abroad in light of the implementation of the Approved Programs list, and conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the strategic goal of sending 60% of our students abroad (this analysis will include studies of the anticipated impact on campus enrollments, the role of faculty-led short-term programs in that goal, and the staffing necessary to support such growth);
  • recommend opportunities for faculty development in programs abroad;
  • consider recommending guidelines for approving student enrollment in domestic off-campus study programs and for the appropriate institutional oversight of such programs;
  • consider recommending guidelines to accommodate an unusual opportunity that arises for a short-term program abroad or domestically, one that would require a timeline for approval shorter than the eighteen-month standard timeframe (see the Short-Term Program guidelines).

ACIS reports regularly to CEPP and issues an annual report in consultation with the Office of International Programs.

NOTE: Hobart and William Smith Colleges is one institution that assesses student learning during study abroad, and has worked intentionally to assist students when they re-enter the on-campus environment: see their Partnership for Global Education and their Back from Abroad guidelines.

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ORIGINAL CHARGE (9/11/2004)

NOTE: The Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Programs (ACOP) was formerly named the "Advisory Committee on International Study (ACIS)", and, the Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges (OCSE) was formerly called the "Office of International Programs (OIP).")

The CEPP sub-committee on study abroad - the Advisory Committee on International Study - will serve in an advisory capacity for the Office of International Programs as Skidmore implements a new structure for overseas study. The plan for re-structuring emphasizes closer integration of the academic programs on campus with the programs our students attend overseas. With this in mind, Skidmore is moving to a "Partner Program" list. The list will be developed in conjunction with the departments and programs to ensure coordination between course work completed overseas and major/minor/graduation requirements at Skidmore. More importantly, Skidmore strives to develop a stronger link between students' academic and co-curricular work before and after study abroad and their work while abroad. The goal is to embed overseas study into the students' overall educational experience at Skidmore.

The Advisory Committee, consisting of faculty members appointed by CEPP for a two-year term, and the director of OIP, will be charged with (in order of importance):

  • developing guidelines for vetting and approving "Partner Programs" that meet academic and administrative quality standards;
  • determining the appropriate policy regarding transfer of credits from "Partner Programs";
  • determining the appropriate policy regarding GPA from "Partner Programs";
  • reviewing, evaluating, and possibly revising current policies governing overseas study;
  • developing mechanisms for evaluating "Partner Programs" that allow us to maintain quality and variety in the portfolio made available to students;
  • developing mechanisms for more thoroughly and formally preparing students for overseas study, and integrating their experiences into the classroom upon return;
    determining the long-term need for a permanent advisory committee to OIP.

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AGENDAS

2005/06
2004/05
  • Establishment of the criteria for "Approved Programs" (formerly "Partner Programs") (see below under "Guidelines and Policies")
  • Establishment of the criteria for the "Petition Process for Programs Not Included on Skidmore's Approved Programs List" (see below under "Guidelines and Policies")
  • Development of the list of "Approved Programs" (see below under "Guidelines and Policies")
  • Review of petitions to study abroad on programs not on the Approved Programs list

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MEETING NOTES

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2009/10

2008/09

2007/08
2006/07
2005/06
GUIDELINES & POLICIES
Approved Programs (from the OCSE Web site):

REPORTS


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