In 1999 IES Abroad created the first educational tool for designing and evaluating study abroad programs – The IES MAP (Model Assessment Practice) for Study Abroad.
A Pioneering Effort – Creation of the IES Abroad MAP
As a leader in the field since 1950, IES has always considered rigorous academic quality its highest priority. We developed the original IES Abroad MAP in 1999, due to the growing need for more effective program development and assessment in international education.
IES Abroad MAP task force members are outstanding leaders in both international and U.S. higher education. They created the original IES Abroad MAP by drawing upon extensive site visits and solid data analyses of a wide variety of program components. The result was the first evaluation tool of its kind.
Since its creation, we have been openly sharing the IES Abroad MAP so that it could serve as a model for other study abroad programs.
Guidelines at a Glance
The IES Abroad MAP provides guidelines for both the standard “hybrid” program model and the direct enrollment program model. For both models, the focus is on four academic areas:
- the student learning environment
- student learning and the development of intercultural competence
- resources for academic and student support
- program administration and development
Fifth Edition Highlights
Released in October 2011, the fifth edition reflects recent IES Abroad initiatives in supporting holistic student learning and development abroad, incorporating educational technology in the classroom, and strengthening student services through CORE, Continuing Orientation and Reentry.
Assessment Practices in Action
The IES Abroad MAP remains instrumental in IES Abroad ’s continual assessment of existing programs and development of new ones. It is also a useful and beneficial tool for faculty and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities, study abroad professionals and accrediting organizations, as well as to students and their parents.
Let Us Know What You Think
Each version of the IES Abroad MAP that we release offers new information, based on the suggestions and requests of study abroad colleagues. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to contact your IES Abroad Representative with any questions you may have.