The Study Abroad Committee
The Study Abroad Committee (SAC) oversees academic policy on all education abroad programs sponsored or approved by the University of Colorado Boulder and is responsible for approval of education abroad programs for academic recognition by the institution and its constituent Schools and Colleges.
The Study Abroad Committee is composed of at least twelve voting members of the University of Colorado Boulder faculty, appointed by the Deans of the Schools and Colleges, and one voting student, appointed by the sitting committee from among the students who participated on an approved CU Boulder education abroad program in the previous year. New members shall be appointed by the appropriate Dean when an existing member’s term is complete. Members’ term of service is four years and may be renewed once, at the discretion of the appropriate Dean. All Committee meetings are open to interested faculty, staff, or students to attend without vote.
SAC Mission and Goals
The Study Abroad Committee [SAC] is a faculty body appointed by the deans of the colleges and schools. It is responsible for setting academic policy on all education abroad programs sponsored or approved by the University of Colorado Boulder, and is responsible for approval of education abroad programs for academic recognition by the institution and its constituent schools and colleges. Education Abroad [EA], a division of the Office of International Education, is responsible for the management of education abroad so recognized, and for carrying out the academic policy established by the Study Abroad Committee. In addition, EA is responsible for maintaining and disseminating information on a broad range of study opportunities overseas. The SAC and EA work in close coordination.
Both groups are mindful that the objectives students wish to pursue in education abroad programs are diverse. Students of the professional colleges may be more interested in practical experience than traditional literary and historical emphases; many students may wish to participate in a broad range of experience in the foreign setting such as research or academic programs in the arts or the sciences. We recognize that such varied needs and desires require a broad definition of the mission of Education Abroad to allow students to pursue goals in addition to traditional language and culture study. In that spirit, we are committed to making a wide range of programs available through which students may pursue those goals.
In the planning and operation of the programs, we therefore adopt the following as our goals:
- Maintain a high academic standard for all programs recognized as University of Colorado Boulder education abroad programs.
- Encourage more students to have an education abroad experience by reducing institutional barriers, by assuring the articulation of programs abroad with degree requirements here, and by maintaining the financial accessibility of education abroad opportunities for most students.
- Strive for diversity of education abroad programs in their geographical locations, in their disciplinary emphases, in the levels to which they are targeted, in their kinds of offerings from traditional integrated academic programs to experiential learning situations, and in the length of time abroad.
- Strive for gender, disciplinary, and ethnic diversity among the students who go abroad.
- Maintain a core of education abroad programs administered by the University of Colorado Boulder, and operate a limited number of reciprocal exchanges.
Adopted, 17 October 1995
Ratified, Council of Deans, 28 November 1995