U.S. students going to less traditional destinations
The growth of interest in studying outside Western Europe
Broadening of the overseas curricula
the increasing number of programs requiring less than a full academic year
Instruction in English has made broader range of sites available
Awareness of the need for global education has become more widespread
Countries with large increases included: South Africa (1,456, up 32%), (1,064, up 40%), Thailand (836, up 69%), Peru (522, up 47%), Singapore (231, up 97%), Senegal (211, up 51%), and El Salvador (145, up 86%).
In March 1999, Elizabeth Garland, an anthropology student at the University of Chicago, nearly died when Hutu rebels kidnapped and killed eight of her party in the jungles of Uganda. The Peace Corps had pulled its volunteers out of Uganda in 1991 and kept them out, saying it could not ensure the safety of its workers there.
Does your institution have Crisis Management Procedures to address threats faced domestically and of study abroad programs?
Are you solely or heavily depending on State Department Warnings to monitor changing international environments?
Are you solely or heavily depending on the US embassies in country to assist in the event of a political evacuation?
Are you depending on “Waivers” to protect your organization’s legal liability?
Can your organization feel comfortable in front of a jury detailing the proactive approach your institution undertakes to protect students and faculty abroad in the event of an incident and ensuing litigation?
When was the last time your organization reviewed and tested your Crisis Management Plan?
How have your Plans changed with the changing global security environment and increase in threats to computer systems?
What does your “pre-deployment” advice/training consist of for students and faculty going abroad?
Questions for Educational Institutions to Consider