Office of Postsecondary Education
D. International and Foreign Language Education
The Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE), who reports to the Assistant Secretary, has responsibility for encouraging and promoting the study of foreign languages and the study of the cultures of other countries at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in the United States; and coordinates with related international and foreign language education of other Federal agencies as well as the international programs within the higher education community. The Deputy Assistant Secretary coordinates with other services in IFLE to ensure appropriate integration of interrelated functions and activities, and provides leadership to all components of the Program Area, including the higher education community.
IFLE performs planning, policy development, and grant administration functions for the Domestic International Education Programs, Title VI, HEA, Title VII, HEA, and programs authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act. Additionally, IFLE works closely with the Office of International Affairs in the Office of the Secretary as well as other principal operating components to advise and help coordinate international activities that include international organizations and the educational systems of other countries as well as US postsecondary education. Also, IFLE advises foreign delegations and visitors on foreign language, international and US educational activities and programs. IFLE defines and articulates program goals and objectives; identifies and implements policy changes needed to achieve goals and objectives; evaluates program effectiveness; develops and updates policy manuals; program regulations; proposed legislative amendments; prepares program budget request; and in conjunction with the Assistant Secretary's office, prepares an annual funding schedule and funding strategy, incorporating the goals and objectives of the Secretary, where applicable; develops funding criteria and funding priorities for publication in the Federal Register, and manages the application review and awards process for programs administered by the IFLE. Functions include assigned responsibilities relative to e-Grants and e-Reader and related processes and all other functions necessary for the administration and monitoring of new and continuation awards.
IFLE provides guidance, coordination, and liaison for OPE’s participation in bilateral and multilateral education activities and develops policy for, and coordinates with the Office of International Affairs in the Office of the Secretary as well as other POCs to advise on and help coordinate international activities that include international organizations, and the educational systems of other countries as well as US postsecondary education. Also, IFLE advises foreign delegations and visitors on foreign language, international and US educational activities and programs. IFLE promotes excellence in foreign languages and area studies and supports international education research, training, and exchange activities.
The Immediate Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary, IFLE provides overall direction and coordination to the following groups:
- Advanced Training and Research Group
- International Studies Group
The programs administered by the Advanced Training and Research Group include the following:
- National Resource Centers
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
- International Research and Studies
- Language Resource Centers
- American Overseas Research Centers
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
- Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad
The programs administered by the International Studies Group include the following:
- Centers for International Business Education
- Business and International Education
- Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language
- Institute for International Public Policy
- Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad
- Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad/Special Bilateral
- Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
The International Studies Group and Advanced Training and Research Group will also incorporate administration of the international programs funded through Title VII, HEA including, but not limited to:
- EC-US Atlantis
- North American Mobility
The IFLE groups are responsible for performing the full range of activities related to program development, implementation, data gathering and analysis for the programs in their respective areas. Staff participates in the implementation of the programs assigned to the groups, using their specialized knowledge and skills in areas where such backgrounds are required, as well as conduct program planning and development and data gathering and analysis activities for a variety of programs in their areas. Staff work in cross-group assignments on a variety of program planning and development, implementation, and analysis assignments and activities designed to ensure maximum coordination and utilization of IFLE’s resources. As appropriate, ad hoc groups of staff members drawn from the groups work together to plan and carry out tasks such as regulations revisions, application forms approval, technical workshops, budget development, the annual plan, data gathering, and analysis.
In addition to program planning and development of policy and procedures, including the initiation and revision of regulations, the groups are responsible for developing and reviewing legislative proposals and the annual report for each program administered.
Additionally, the groups are responsible for planning, implementing, and managing the awards process for new and non-competing applicants for programs administered. Functions include the development of the grant/technical review operation; design and approval of required forms; review of applications by external readers and staff and selection of recipients. Functions also include providing overall management of ongoing projects to ascertain adherence to regulations, policies, and procedures; and providing technical assistance to funded grantees/contractors and to potential applicants for grant funding.
Selected staff in each group are responsible for managing and maintaining program input into departmental systems; defining statistical analysis needed sampling techniques, and research design; determining program data requirements for analysis of specific program trends and reporting needs; developing and generating reports on programs; maintaining an application tracking system for funded and non-funded applicants; grant monitoring, and performing activities associated with the close-out of grant programs.