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New GO Short Program Development

Full-time faculty and staff members are encouraged to consider developing new GO Short programs.  The first step of the proposal process is a Site Visit proposal. It typically takes about 18 months from conception of a new GO program idea to arriving on site with students for the first time.  A great deal of effort goes into developing strong cross-cultural experiences, and the amount of time needed should not be underestimated.

The current priorities for new program development include:
  • US-based programs
  • Winter break programs
  • Interdisciplinary (as in, not focused on a single major)
  • Non-traditional locations (outside of western Europe)
  • Programs that include extended time in a single community to promote active and sustained interaction over several days. 
Below is step-by-step of the process to develop a new GO Short program:
  1. Discuss ideas for new programs with the GO Faculty Coordinator and Faculty-led Program Manager
  2. Propose a site visit to be reviewed by the Study Away Advisory Group
  3. Conduct site visit (if approved)
  4. Submit program proposal, Curriculum Committee forms, syllabus
  5. GO program approval / Curriculum Committee approval
  6. Set budget/program price with the Faculty-led Program Manager
  7. Recruit students
  8. Students apply
  9. Teach prep-course
  10. Go on program
  11. Teach reflection-course
 
Dates:
Applications Due Oct. 1, 2017* Site visit must occur (and conclude) before June 30, 2018 (FY 17/18)
Applications Due March 1, 2018* Site visit between July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 (FY 18/19)
*Additional site visits may be approved after the deadline pending funds available.




Please meet with the GO Faculty Coordinator and the Faculty-led Program Manager before proposing a site visit

Drafting a Proposal
Starting Spring 2017, all new faculty-led site visit proposals will be submitted via the GO Management System. This is the same application system that all students will now utilize while applying to GO.  Capturing your information in the system allows us to not only to keep all of the program information in one place, but it also allows you to have a similar experience to what students go through while applying to your program. These applications guide faculty in program planning and vision and facilitate the process of proposing and leading a GO Short program.
 
Planning GO Short program takes time, thoughtful consideration, and work. The proposal allows GO Program staff with the necessary program information to assess feasibility and academic integrity of the proposal.

If you complete a site visit in the summer months and hope to travel with students the following summer, you should plan to submit the program proposal to the study away advisory group before the end of the summer.
 
Eligibility for Program Directors
Generally, faculty/staff should be members of the SU community for one-year prior to proposing a GO Short program. Usually one or both Program Directors are faculty members; many PDs are staff members. In many cases a team of 2 faculty PDs from different departments, or a team of 1 faculty PD and 1 staff PD may be ideal for including a variety of approaches and complementary skills.
A faculty or staff member with an idea for a new GO program should meet with the GO Program to talk about the idea and think about possible co-Program Directors.

Program Director Skills
“Faculty must wear multiple hats when they lead students abroad, from teacher to counselor to administrator.” (Goode, 2008).
While GO Short programs are SU courses, directing a GO Short program is obviously very different than teaching a traditional course.  Program Directors must successfully manage all details of traveling with a group of students: logistics, group dynamics, safety and security, back-up plans, and of course, teaching.  Few faculty and staff have prior training in the cultivation of cross-cultural skills, the very substance of the requirement itself.  Program Directors will be the representatives for SU on the ground, even when using a provider. This is a 24/7 job during the time on site. 

To help get prospective Program Directors off on the right foot, the GO Program offers a Program Director Self-Assessment as part of the proposal process). This document will help you to better understand the work involved in being a Program Director and if this is a type of work you may wish to pursue.  If so, it will help you to identify strengths you bring to this work as well as skills you will want to develop further.  GO Program staff will review the assessment with you and assist with skills development.

The Basics of a GO Short Program
A GO Short program is led by two Program Directors, who are SU faculty/staff, and generally comprises of 16-20 students. All GO Programs include three pieces: preparation – cross-cultural setting – reflection. For a GO Short program, the cross-cultural setting (in the United States or another country) is a minimum of two weeks on site (14 days not including travel time to and from). All GO Short programs focus primarily on facilitating interaction between SU students and people on location for maximum cultural exchange.  Academic focus, service work, etc. varies by program.

The GO course includes:
  • A seven-week pre-departure course (1 SH).
  • The cross-cultural experience on site (0 SH). 
  • A seven-week post-experience reflection courses (1 SH).
  • Letter grades are given for each segment.  IMPORTANT: each course in the GO Short sequence is the pre-requisite for the next.  Grades are assigned for work in the specific section to which the grade is attached.
 
Learning Goals:
Students complete a cross-cultural experience that contains preparatory, experiential, and reflective components that enables them to:
1. demonstrate a complex understanding of culture including the ability to
- develop a working definition of culture.
- articulate awareness of differences and similarities between their culture of origin and the one in which they are immersed.
- define and recognize ethnocentrism and ethnocentric assumptions.
- demonstrate critical awareness of their own cultural values and identity.
2. recognize how their attitudes, behaviors, and choices affect the quality of their cross cultural experiences.
3. reflect on their personal growth, social responsibility, and the value of active participation in human society.
Cross Cultural Experience and Seminar Requirement Learning Goals (adopted by SU faculty, 2007)
Contact Information:
Contact David Imhoof (link with e-mail) with questions about GO Short proposals.