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specific, measurable results used to work towards goals (3.17) and achieve measurable outcomes (3.29, 3.30)

  • Note 1 to entry: Objectives can be thought of as steps that are taken to achieve a broader goal (3.17).

Off-Campus Study

A category of off-campus education that results in progress toward an academic degree at the home institution. Domestic Off-Campus Study and Study Abroad are subtypes. Includes not only exchanges and off-campus study terms but also such activities as field research projects, field trips, biology or geology field courses, internships yielding credit or fulfilling other degree requirements, or course-embedded service-learning. Although “progress toward an academic degree” most often means the home institution will grant or accept degree credit, possibilities include satisfaction of a language requirement or completion of a senior thesis.

On-Site Orientation

(or In-Country Orientation) – Orientation programming that is facilitated at the location of the education abroad experience, usually shortly after arrival abroad. On-site orientation usually includes presentations on the academic program housing, regional geography, health and safety, rules of conduct, and other issues of getting started and living successfully in the new culture. On-site orientation may include follow-up workshops on housing issues, cultural adjustment, career preparation, reentry, etc. In contrast to a pre-session, an on-site orientation usually does not yield academic credit.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. (As defined by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO


entity involved in providing education abroad (3.11) programs (3.40)

  • Note 1 to entry: An institution may be referred to as an organization, but not all organizations are institutions.
  • Note 2 to entry: A smaller part of an institution or organization, including an education abroad office or a global programs division, may be referred to as an organization.

Outcome, Program/Programmatic

a measure of the results of a program (3.40) or service-level goal (3.17), e.g., increased satisfaction, increased retention

  • Note 1 to entry: Program outcomes are often used to include operational outcomes, which represent elements of the program’s functioning (e.g., cost per student).
  • Note 2 to entry: Adapted from the Council for the Advancement of Standards, Glossary of Terms. [7]

Outcome, Student Learning

statement which describes significant and measurable change occurring in students as a direct result of their interaction with an organization (3.28) and its programs (3.40) and services

Overseas Branch Campus

A separate campus of a college or university whose main campus is in a different country. Formal accreditation is typically through the country where the main campus is situated, and the academic structure typically mirrors that of the main campus. Unlike study abroad programs, overseas campuses offer degrees. They may be aimed primarily at host country students or at students from the country of the sponsoring institution.