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Program Leader Responsibilities

Many responsibilities are required of faculty leaders before, during, and after a program. Leaders will be provided guidelines, support, and full details on program administration from the UWM. Administrative steps necessary for programs may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaborating with the CIE to develop an affordable, self-supporting budget. Your program should not only support itself, but the cost to students should be as low as possible.
  • Providing prospective students with accurate and complete information on the nature and scope of the program.
  • Marketing your program and recruiting students. This is a very important responsibility that rests primarily with the faculty leader.
  • Following CIE's application procedure, which complies with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other higher education regulations.
  • Reviewing and accepting applicants.
  • Arranging for housing, meals, classroom space, excursions, on-site transportation, etc. and complying with UWM policies on purchases and contracts. Please note that the faculty leader need not make all arrangements personally. CIE encourages use of on-site agencies, partner universities, and other support services, unless they are cost prohibitive.
  • Working with academic departments to establish study abroad course(s).
  • Locating and arranging accommodations for any disabled students.
  • Serving as onsite advisor for students (mental health issues, medications, sexual harassment, student conduct, cultural adjustment, crime, emergencies, etc.).
  • Managing on-site finances and receipts according to state accounting policies.
  • Preparing for and managing on-site emergencies (evacuate students, communicate with local authorities and possibly media, administer first aid, facilitate medical evacuation or repatriation, communicate with CIE staff, etc.).
  • Submitting grades for students.