What NSE Expects From Members

While this is a national network for exchange, it is administered locally through an NSE coordinator at each member university. Students do not enroll in consortium-developed programs. Rather they enroll in the academic programs offered by NSE member universities. Campus program management is built upon the framework of NSE policies and procedures.

NSE members are expected to comply with the NSE Terms of Participation and the Principles of Professional Practice for NSE Coordinators in the management and administration of their campus NSE programs. NSE provides detailed instructions on program administration and procedures in its Handbook which is complimented by a month-by-month Timeline for campus exchange activities.

Coordinating NSE

Each member university designates an individual to serve as coordinator for the campus NSE program. The extent to which the institution takes full advantage of the opportunities offered through NSE is largely determined by the coordinator who must stimulate the interest of prospective exchange participants and provide a framework in which the exchange program will be administered by the institution. NSE responsibilities are similar to those who coordinate study abroad or international exchanges for the campus. Responsibilities include:
  • serving as a liaison with administrative, academic, and student services personnel
  • serving as a liaison with member campus coordinators and the NSE Central Office staff
  • promoting the program
  • helping students explore how NSE fits with personal and academic goals
  • processing exchange applications
  • attending the Annual Placement Conference in order to negotiate placements for the subsequent academic year
  • ensuring that students have completed advising agreements
  • informing students of procedures related to financial aid application and disbursement
  • orienting incoming exchange students
  • serving as a home away from home for incoming students
  • assisting returning students with re-entry

Housing NSE

On-campus procedures and support services for NSE students are similar to those provided to participants of study abroad or international exchange programs. While NSE is housed in a variety of campus offices, a marriage of NSE with study abroad has worked well for more than a third of the NSE member colleges and universities. Combining NSE and study abroad allows the office to:

  • promote NSE under a "study-away" umbrella that offers students expanded study options that can take them from the next state to around the world
  • market a comprehensive array of exchange opportunities to meet academic and personal goals and objectives
  • keep domestic and international campus procedures parallel
  • provide comparable levels of support services
  • help students, parents and faculty with a one-stop approach to exploring study away options

Annual Placement Conference

Attendance at NSE's Annual Placement Conference in early March is a requirement of membership since the majority of annual exchange placements are made at that time. Participation means having one's own students entered into the system for outgoing placement as well as being ready to accept incoming students. Participation also means, by NSE policy, that all member campuses must be represented in person at the conference. In-service training, panel presentations, and consortium business are also conducted at the conference.

″When we hosted the NSE conference, I was particularly struck by the feeling of community within attendees. It was clear to me that the interpersonal relationships established by being at the conference were an important aspect of what makes the NSE program so successful.″

Tom Christensen
Dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Co-host for the 2010 Annual Placement Conference