The Rutgers-Camden Learning Abroad and Study Away Academic Advisory Committee is a campus-wide initiative established by the chancellor as a result of recommendations from the Global Research and Education Committee to encourage, support, and oversee academic programs in a foreign setting, including those that incorporate a period of experiential or service learning. The LASAAAC, which includes a representative from each school, is charged with promoting adherence to best practices in the field; establishing consistency across all schools on campus; providing support, guidance and training for faculty; and enabling ongoing program development and assessment for all Rutgers-Camden learning abroad and study away programs.
LASAAAC Mission Statement
The mission of the Learning Abroad and Study Away Academic Advisory Committee is to provide students with high-quality learning opportunities that foster meaningful intellectual and intercultural experiences and expand their understanding of their roles as citizens and professionals in an interconnected world.
Academic and Administrative Framework
All Rutgers-Camden faculty-led learning abroad and study away programs are credit-bearing courses governed by the following academic and administrative framework:
- Process for Program Approval. Prospective program leaders must complete a formal proposal in response to the LASAAAC’s Call for Proposals, get preliminary approval from the appropriate official in their department or school, and then secure final approval from the Learning Abroad and Study Away Academic Advisory Committee in accordance with guidelines established by the administrative committee and approved by the deans and chancellor.
- Program leaders must be standing or part-time faculty members on the Rutgers-Camden campus.
- All program leaders must
- Make travel arrangements in collaboration with the Rutgers-Camden Office of International Students and Global Programs (OIS);
- Post their program description, itinerary, course syllabus, application, and all related documents at global.rutgers.edu to insure that all participants have complied with health, safety, and other requirements and to facilitate recordkeeping and reporting;
- Complete faculty training programs organized by the OIS;
- Comply with all university policies and procedures, including those for risk management.
- Participants enrolled for academic credit may include students from Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers-Newark, as well as students from Rutgers-Camden off-campus locations.
- All participants must complete the application process on the official program page at global.rutgers.edu, and all other requirements for participation, including payment of any program fees. Enrollment in the credit-bearing course related to the learning abroad experience must be completed through the OIS.
- Course requirements must be developed in accordance with the number of credits offered and with general academic standards in the departments and schools. Course design should include a learning experience that includes the period before, during, and after the travel portion of the program.
- Programs involving distance or on-line learning must comply with university regulations and with applicable standards obtaining in the department or school sponsoring the program.
- Compensation and any course load reduction for faculty members leading learning abroad programs are determined by their dean and school.
A proposal must be submitted by each faculty member offering a course in conjunction with Rutgers-Camden Learning Abroad or Study Away, including programs where students in distinct courses are traveling to the same destination (e.g. South Africa). A single proposal may be offered in the case of a team-taught course, including a course with cross-listings (when, for example, credit may be available in both Nursing and Anthropology for the same course).
The Learning Abroad and Study Away Academic Advisory Committee does not oversee situations where staff and students travel together on non-academic programs. Even in these cases, however, to assure compliance with university regulations, staff members leading non-academic travel programs, and students who accompany them, must register using the Rutgers Global-Study Abroad catalog. For information on registration and compliance contact the Rutgers-Camden Office of International Students & Global Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.