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Elon University student Emma Lee Everett and Professor V. Kameswari, director of the
Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute in Chennai, India. Emma is handing an honorarium
to Professor Kameswari at the conclusion of a panel discussion focused on Indian
language and culture.

"Centralized processes are probably the
most student-friendly and also best for the
study abroad office, even though faculty who
have been doing things on their own for years
might not like such a change," says Chieffo.
Tuma agrees, and advises education
abroad administrators to "push hard with
your administration for a) sufficient staff and
b) centralization. In order to run programs
smoothly, effectively, and safely, you have to
be sure that you have adequate staff to handle
whatever kinds of situation may pop up." She
adds, "When you think of all the things that
can go wrong in an off-campus program, and
the liability that the institution might have
if they don't have the people to adequately
cover an emergency-they're far better off
providing staff than they are handling liability
cases." Chieffo adds that sharing stories from
the media with administrators that show
some of the things that can-and have-gone
wrong in study abroad programs can be an
effective way to drive this point home.
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Sometimes using an education abroad
provider is advisable, depending on the
circumstances. "If you are trying to run programs with a limited staff, or if your staff does
not have experience in such programs, working with a provider might be the right way to
go, at least in the initial stages," says Tuma.
"However, even if you are working with providers, what happens when the one person in
your one-person office is ill, or on vacation,
and a crisis comes up that needs immediate
attention? It's important to think about these
things, because things do happen, and the
institution needs to have adequate resources
available to respond when they do."
Planning for the unexpected is also
important when creating policies for shortterm faculty-led programs. For instance,
what happens if a lone faculty person is with
a group abroad, and something happens to
one of the students that requires his or her
attention in such a way that he or she can no
longer teach the class?

"We have a policy that every program
must have a person who can step in in situations like this," Tuma says. "It might be an
accompanying faculty spouse, or a person
from our staff, or sometimes it's an on-site
person. If we are sending someone with the
group to cover this role from the U.S., we
cover their airfare and accommodations."
As part of creating policies for shortterm faculty-led programs, incorporating
health insurance-like any education abroad
program-is recommended. According to
Chieffo, "Situations like this [a student becoming ill or having an accident] are a good reason
to include mandatory health insurance in the
program fee, and the policy should include
'bedside visit' coverage to fly a family member
out to be with the student, and also coverage for a health professional to accompany
a student back to the U.S. Ideally, the faculty
should have as little healthcare responsibility
as possible, as this is not their role. It's also not
fair to other students on the program to have
their director's time fully occupied by such an
emergency over an extended period of time."
"There are best practices for student
health and safety, and there are also best
practices for program development," says
Daniela Ascarelli, assistant vice provost for
international programs and director of study
abroad at Drexel University. In terms of the
latter, she adds, "It's important for funding
issues to be considered both from a student
point of view and a departmental point of
view. If faculty are released from teaching
some of their regular courseload in order
to teach abroad during the break, then how
will the department get the money to pay for
the courses they're not teaching? All of these
things have to be worked out."
Chieffo says that it's important to have a
process in place-"even with just a few programs." She recommends that institutions
have a standard proposal form, standardized application forms, and acceptance and
payment procedures. "It's also important to
be clear about responsibilities," she notes.
"Whose job is it to recruit students, the faculty or the study abroad office? Who sets the
program fee? Who decides which students

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Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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