State and federal travel and risk management reporting requirements grow more complex while institutional office staffing remains stagnant or even declines.
From the Minnesota Office of Higher Education: “In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring postsecondary institutions to report on the health and safety of study abroad participants and directing the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) to assess the appropriate state regulation of postsecondary study abroad programs.” The report from the OHE goes on to clarify the requirements that will be instituted at the state level, including reporting of all accidents or illnesses, deaths of program participants, and health and safety standard compliance. What does this mean for institutions in the state of Minnesota? Simply put, it means the addition of stringent state reporting requirements on top of Clery Act reporting requirements already in place at the federal level. It also likely sets a trend that many other states will adopt in the near future. For example, New York state is instituting mandatory violent and disruptive incident reporting for campuses in the state.
How can institutions manage to keep pace? What processes can be put in place to guarantee that study abroad and non-credit travel is accurately tracked on campus?
Terra Dotta software’s web-based travel tracking and reporting tools enable institutions to collect key traveler info in a simple, straightforward fashion and to use that collected data to facilitate meeting reporting mandates at the state and federal level. Discover how Terra Dotta software can assist you with your travel tracking and reporting requirements.
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Gary Rhodes, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean, International Education & Senior International Officer
California State University at Dominguez Hills &
Director, Center for Global Education
This is the 16th Anniversary of International Education Week in the US. Since November 2000, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State have collaborated to highlight international education issues for one week of the year. For U.S. college and university international educators, this has also been an opportunity to implement various activities to highlight study abroad, international students, and other international initiatives on campus. Some years, there will be a statement by the U.S. President. Most years the U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Secretary of Education will make a statement about the importance of international education.
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