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International Education Domestic Programs

The International Education Domestic programs are designed to expand the capability of American education in foreign languages and area and international studies. Grants are awarded to institutions of higher education to support language and area study centers, graduate fellowships, research and curriculum development.


What This Rating Means

Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • The Domestic Programs have a clear niche in supporting the preparation of the next generation of foreign language experts and maintaining a national presence in most languages. These programs are the most significant Federal investment in supporting language and area studies at our institutions of higher education.
  • New annual and long-term measures have been created to assess the number of critical languages taught and student employment outcomes. The new measures focus on the programs' mission of maintaining national capacity in a broad range of foreign languages while also capturing how well the programs respond to new and unanticipated language challenges.
  • Although several independent studies have been published that evaluated different elements of the programs, most are not rigorous enough to fully determine impact. In fact, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences reported in March 2007 that the programs lack meaningful evaluations and recommended independent outcome and impact evaluations be done every 4 to 5 years.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Developing a list of less and least commonly taught languages from which the Secretary of ED would select certain languages as "critical need languages."
  • Collecting baseline data for the newly developed annual and long-term performance measures. Making grantee performance data available to the public in a transparent and meaningful manner.
  • Developing and implementing a strategy for conducting independent rigorous, periodic, meaningful evaluations of the outcomes and impact of the Domestic Programs.

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