The Academic Consortium Board (ACB) represents the Consortium and upholds CIEE’s high standards of quality. The board includes 13 members plus one ex officio member who also sits on the CIEE governing board. Members serve four-year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms. Responsibilities include meeting with CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange staff, monitoring CIEE Study Center programs, and periodically evaluating programs and study centers.
ACB members attend two annual meetings and a retreat each year. The first meeting is held in spring, and the second happens during the CIEE Annual Conference each November. The agenda typically includes governance discussions, program-evaluation reports, reviews of new programs put forth for approval, and updates from working groups. The annual retreat provides opportunities for board members and CIEE staff to discuss broader topics.
Annual monitoring of each CIEE Study Center program is one important way the ACB upholds CIEE’s standards for high quality. This process begins in August. Monitoring of semester programs is completed by November; monitoring of summer programs is done by mid-January.
Board members examine and analyze programs Internal CIEE program reports, using the previous year’s monitoring reports and previous evaluation reports for reference.
ACB monitoring evaluations are reviewed, and then CIEE staff and board members work together to evaluate areas of success and identify those that need attention. The ACB Executive Committee also reviews these evaluations, looking for trends that require further investigation. If additional attention is warranted, the board creates a working group to address these issues.
Periodic evaluations of study center sites and programs are essential the ACB maintaining high-quality standards, particularly for academics. Evaluation reports are available to the Consortium to provide information to prospective students and sending institutions.
For more information on the Program Evaluation Reports, please visit the evaluations page.