CompetitionIIE is the key competitor – They are the #1 administrator of govt fellowships. They administer fellowships; Gillman, Boren, FullbrightThey are contract administrators – they even contract to us for NSEPWe don’t want to be there…they have little international activity relative to their sizeThey have few content expertsIIE creates Open Doors – the reference book for international educationWe want to usurp IIE’s role as the only “go-to” provider with ECAInstitution BuildingCultivating university buildingConsortia building – to put students together“Affiliation agreements” with American Councils; we need to make sure we are dealing with people at the right level at universities. Make sure we have authority, and that we have the ability to do everything that we need to do.International affairs will always be a Federal role – state and USAID and Foreign government funding and competing foreign providers (state-sponsored) as competitorsWe can help countries build national research universities – the all need Eureka like programsCan we create intellectual capital on these issues (needs to be customized) – connections to businesses is critical too.Can we establish ourselves with US-based businesses as a channel for overseas innovationWe want to take activities that we have done informally in the past and make it systematic and strategicWhat More Can We DoWe need to place a greater emphasis on our capacity abroad; where we are staffed up and well connected, we do very wellAn investment in US-based staff to pursue opportunities; bids and proposals – we are not doing everything we canWe want to DO the things we do (which we tend to do well), but also assess them, research them and market them as well as we DO themWe have to better institutionalize our capabilities – Lisa, David and Dan can’t be everythingBuild some depth and strength in the financial structure of the organization. We need to maintain balance while adding new payers.Continue to add highly efficient processes – for operations (e.g. finance)Grow our capacity overseas because that’s where our value is to new constituentsGet the membership model up and running ASAPGet testing and assessment up and running and marketed around the worldLegacyWe are increasingly being know as the people we go to, regardless of location; we’d might try to be the only funderInstitutionalization of capabilities; make sure the staff is out there in front – and in front of funders. Need to rely on the org – not 3 or 4 people.Have businesses play more of a role in what we do – business creates part of the “demand” for what we produce – ideally with funding; private foundations can also be a part of this; these are the entities that want their people to be global players – diversity, communications and international understandingWe need to institutionalize policies and processes as part of our culture – people do things because its part of what we do. John would like to see 49% of revenue coming from Feds, but no moreDefine the role of philanthropy for the organization, and understanding how this works long term Testing is bring integrity to the educational process in other parts of the world
American Mission and Core Values
Organization Mission and Strategic Plan Access Knowledge. Access the World.
Mission & VisionMissionA leader in international education, academicexchange, and overseas language immersion,American Councils creates opportunities thatprepare individuals and institutions to succeed inan increasingly interconnected world.VisionAmerican Councils is helping to build a world ofglobally competent citizens, successful institutions,and responsible nations.
Our Core Values• Support international education and research.• Advance the study and teaching of world languages and cultures.• Deliver only the highest quality educational programs.• Provide access to people from diverse backgrounds.• Provide necessary support structure and tools to ensure educational quality and outcomes.• Recognize our employees as our most valuable asset.• Develop and nurture lasting global partnerships.• Evaluate performance to ensure success.• Respect all cultures and peoples.• Operate with fairness, transparency, and accountability.
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