By Kat Peters, M.Ed., Assistant Director
It is with great pride that I share with you that in December of 2016, in ICADS’s 30th Anniversary, our institution was recognized by The Forum on Education Abroad as being in “substantial conformity” with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
ICADS has been a member of The Forum since 2013. Our membership has allowed us to refine our adherence to the Standards of Good Practice in our field, as well as to share our own best practices. In 2016 our Field Program course, The Ecology of Natural and Managed Ecosystems, was shared in The Forum’s Curriculum Toolbox as an example of a “unique approach to encouraging student learning abroad.”
The Forum is 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 Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad include guidelines on Mission and Goals; Student Learning and Development; Academic Framework; Student Selection, Preparation and Advising; Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Measures; Policies and Procedures; Organizational and Program Resources; Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management; and Ethics.
After an intensive internal review of all of our programs, a visit from a committee of Peer Reviewers from The Forum, and the submission to the Forum Review Panel, the final determination was as follows:
“Members of The Forum Review Panel have reviewed all documentation and have judged the review process to have been rigorous and valid. They find that the ICADS meets all the requirements for recognition by The Forum for its adherence to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Forum Review Panel members commented, “ICADS is to be admired for their deep integration of students with host families and in the larger community. The staff are committed to academic rigor, diversity, and access/inclusion.”
“ICADS has demonstrated that it is in substantial conformity with The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice, and maintains a commitment and dedication both to offering high quality programs in education abroad at a level of excellence acceptable to the larger academic community. The successful completion of QUIP also reflects the organization’s commitment to continuous assessment and improvement.”
I would like to thank the ICADS staff for their daily commitment to quality work for the benefit of our students, our community partners, and sending institutions. We invite you to come be a part of the ICADS family and to not just learn, but be changed!