About CAPA

CAPA The Global Education Network is an international education organization (IEO) committed to empowering student learning through personal choice, academic integrity, and engagement in urban environments abroad. Our approach to international study is unique and provides a holistic learning abroad experience that challenges, excites and inspires students like no other program can. Through our courses, the city becomes the laboratory in which the student conducts academic research. This collaborative and ultimately personalized approach has made CAPA The Global Education Network the trusted global leader since 1972.

 

Introduction

Legal identity/definition, oversight bodies: CAPA The Global Education Network is a private limited partnership organization governed by the CAPA Board of Directors, which is responsible for the legal and fiscal compliance of CAPA Worldwide. The CAPA Board is made up of the CEO/President, an independent financial consultant who reviews CAPA’s commercial and fiscal responsibilities, and CAPA Department Heads. The CAPA The Global Education Network Academic Advisory Board (AAB) was established in 2005 to provide advice and counsel on the development and progress of the CAPA programs worldwide. CAPA programs operate in key global cities around the world where student and academic life is supportive of CAPA’s educational philosophy. The Academic Advisory Board advises CAPA The Global Education Network on matters pertaining to the development, growth and maintenance of its prgrams, particularly with respect to academic affairs. AAB members carry out Annual Performance Assessments and serve on periodic Site Reviews of the CAPA programs. The AAB meets annually, consults in virtual meetings as needed & receives reports from the Curriculum Committee, which considers curriculum issues throughout the year.

Mission

CAPA’s mission is to provide meaningful learning abroad experiences that challenge and inspire students to analyze and explore complex political, cultural and social landscapes within urban environments. Through our commitment to personalized learning, academic rigor and cultural engagement, we prepare students to live and work in a globally interdependent and diverse world.

CAPA Principles

I. Programming
CAPA The Global Education Network believes that students and institutions deserve programming throughout the world of the highest standard at the best price possible. CAPA accepts the challenges of providing programs in several of the most frequently sought destinations. For 40 years CAPA staff have worked with institutions to develop programs that meet their goals for learning abroad. CAPA has developed academic offerings, support frameworks and oversight structures for both independent student enrollment and specialized, custom programs. In all CAPA locations we are committed to the following program quality principles.

Academic Program:

  • Courses with clear learning objectives developed consistently in syllabi, which are rigorously presented, assessed and regularly evaluated, in a context guided by standards of behavior which have been fully accepted by faculty and well explained to students.
  • Classroom learning, which is situated firmly in the unique context of the host culture, which both celebrates and respects the differences of the host environment of the program.
  • Holistic learning opportunities (CAPA’s MyEducation program) and strategies/exercises for reflection linked to all in-class courses.

Living Environment:

  • CAPA provides accommodation for our visiting students and faculty.
  • We believe students should have a choice in where they live, so we offer both apartment / dormitory style living as well as the option to live with a local family in a homestay
  • CAPA uses expert third-party suppliers for residential housing and homestays to ensure high quality, well managed housing. Suppliers must adhere to high standards of health and safety in all areas
  • We provide accommodation in a variety of communities at our centers worldwide. The aim of the locations is to enhance the students experience by allowing them to live within a local community, rather than in areas populated by tourists.
  • CAPA student services staff are on hand to assist and support students with any roommate issues and general housing issues.
  • All CAPA students are obliged to adhere to a student code of conduct, which includes guidelines on behavior within their accommodation. Any student in breach of these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary procedures.

Support for Student Engagement & Safety

  • While students enrolled in higher education are expected to be sufficiently mature to live on their own in a new culture, CAPA is aware that as the International Education Organization we play a critical role in supporting an environment for learning in which they engage fully and safely.
  • Students are encouraged to consider carefully what they want to achieve at the beginning of each program. Throughout the period abroad in and out of classroom experience is designed to maximize engagement with the host culture as well as student reflection on those experiences.
  • CAPA endorses the guidelines published by the NAFSA Inter-organizational Task Force on Safety and Responsibility in Study Abroad. A leader in health and safety management, CAPA has implemented the following policies and procedures for managing emergency situations that occur abroad:
    • Preparedness – CAPA maintains a comprehensive health and safety plan in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. This plan includes specific guidelines for dealing with emergencies such as student assault or suicide as well as large scale crises such as natural disasters or acts of terrorism. Teams are in place to lead the plan, to locate all students, and to keep home campus informed at all times. CAPA’s relationships with tour operators in each program site ensure there is a place to relocate students should such a need occur.
    • Continuous Assessment – CAPA staff members receive regular training from Docleaf, an organization specializing in crisis management and support. This includes comprehensive and ongoing health and safety training, including guidelines on referral and working within the limitations of their own competencies. Please seewww.docleaf.com for further information on docleaf.

II. Operations

CAPA The Global Education Network is committed to operating worldwide in a manner which is both transparent and truthful in all aspects of our relationships with education abroad consumers. Respect for students, their home institutions and the host societies in which CAPA operates is central to our management standards. Observance of “Best Professional Practices” and the observance of local laws and cultural practices are cornerstone of the CAPA business model.

  • CAPA is committed to offering programming of the highest standard to all students. Economies of scale understandably impact the prices offered to institutions & groups of students. CAPA does not enter into “exclusive” agreements or arrangements with any institutional partners.
  • CAPA’s Academic Advisory Board meets annually and carries out periodic site review visits, on which members of the AAB and as well as other faculty and staff participate. Both the meetings and the site reviews involve a substantial, unpaid commitment of time and expertise reading and responding to reports and creating rigorous assessments of CAPA Programs. These activities are recognized as necessary by the home institutions of the AAB members in order to carry out due diligence on behalf of the students who may participate on CAPA programs. All expenses for the annual meeting and the Site Review Visits are paid by CAPA. The home institutions of AAB members allow their release time – spent serving on the AAB – as an in-kind contribution to the oversight of CAPA programs.
  • During the course of each year CAPA offers Global City Academic Program Workshops at its overseas program sites. Institutions use these workshops to investigate CAPA programs, and there is no commitment through participation to develop a program. CAPA and the institutions whose faculty & staff participate on them share the cost of participation on these workshops.
  • CAPA is committed to avoiding conflicts of interest. CAPA employees are prohibited from engaging in activities that compromise their responsibilities to CAPA The Global Education Network, its students or its academic partners.
  • CAPA strives to be an inclusive environment, where all students and visiting faculty receive the support and guidance necessary to interact in a new environment and learn from people with diverse backgrounds, worldviews, and cultural traditions. While abroad, students will encounter a wide range of perspectives regarding diversity issues. Understanding how these attitudes and beliefs may influence the study abroad experience will significantly help students to better understand their own beliefs as well as those of their host culture.
  • CAPA works with its partners to make study abroad accessible to an increasingly diverse student body.

 


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Zion Griffin

Global Cities Program Advisor

zgriffin@capa.org or 617-986-3466

 

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