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Faculty-led Program Proposals


Faculty-led programs are credit bearing academic offerings that are initiated, organized and conducted off-campus by UW-Stout faculty, staff or Professor Emeriti.

These programs are a critical component towards achieving an array of education abroad opportunities that encompass experiential, innovative, and career-focused learning for the UW-Stout community. Customized educational opportunities allow for rigorous, program-specific academic offerings to be conducted in supportive off-campus environments for students. A strong set of faculty-led program offerings allows for a larger variety of students to take part in global education experiences that advance their intercultural competencies, team-building, leadership and soft skills. Data supports that these skills are highly desirable to employers and increases students' career success (Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills and Career Prospects in the United States).

The Office of International Education (OIE) has established a proposal process and compiled both resources and guidelines for those who are interested in initiating a faculty-led program. These have been prepared with consideration of UW System and UW-Stout policies, the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and Standards of Good Practice for Short Term Education Abroad created by the FORUM on Education Abroad.

The purpose of the proposal and guidelines are to help faculty develop high-quality education abroad programs. It is imperative that academic programs offered off-campus maintain the standards established by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). OIE expects that individuals who initiate leading a faculty-led program will review, understand and adhere to these policies and procedures.