Criteria for Reviewing Proposals
Criteria influencing the approval process:
Purpose of the Seminar: relationship of the content of the seminar to the Study Abroad Office’s and BW’s mission.
Academic Component: Clear academic learning objectives, including how those objectives will be met and assessed.
Safety: Consideration of health, safety, and liability issues related to location and activities of the seminar.
Seminar Balance: Decisions about choosing and scheduling seminars will be made to ensure that there is multiplicity of seminar destinations, academic disciplines, and faculty involvement, in a way that is responsive to student interest and the University mission.
Demonstrated success: If this is a repeat seminar, does it have a track record of adequate enrollments, student satisfaction, on-target budgets, etc.?
Resources: Study Abroad staffing, marketability/student interest and seminar cost are all factors.
Study Abroad Faculty-led Seminar Definition: Study Abroad Seminars are those in which students and professors travel off-campus together, in or outside the U.S., for an extended period of time and include any one of the following:
- Four or more nights off-campus
- International, excluding locations in Canada
The off-campus portion of the seminar must be an integral, essential component of the course material. The off-campus content cannot be replicated on campus at BW. No matter the academic discipline, the content of a Study Abroad Seminar should stress the distinctive culture and physical characteristics of the region, encouraging a greater breadth and depth of understanding than could be obtained at BW. Student participation is a requirement for the course.
Study Abroad Seminars at Baldwin Wallace University promote learning through experience. They encompass meaningful contacts with cultures that are different from our own or exploration of unique physical characteristics of a particular location. These seminars should expose students to diverse perspectives made more striking by first-hand encounters with the environments that produce them. Students should be encouraged to understand what it means to be visitors, guests, and aliens in communities where customs and rules may be quite different than those at home. It is our hope that these experiences enable students to return home, and to BW, as more intellectually curious, observant, tolerant, enlightened human beings.
While experiential learning is the primary goal of these seminars, there can be no assurance such learning will occur without careful planning. Each seminar will have different goals; some specific to a subject area or discipline, others more integrated—reflecting an interdisciplinary approach. Regardless of individual seminar goals, each should meet the primary goal of providing meaningful experiential learning with a rigorous academic component.