U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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HEA: International Education and Foreign Language Studies Programs - 2004

CFDA Numbers: 84.015 - National Resource Centers and Fellowships Program for Language and Area or Language and International Studies
84.269 - Institute for International Public Policy


Program Goal: To meet the nation's security and economic needs through the development of a national capacity in foreign languages, and area and international studies.
Objective 8.1 of 1: Maintain a US Higher Education system able to produce experts in less commonly taught languages and area studies who are capable of contributing to the needs of US Government, academic and business institutions.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Language Enrollments: Title VI supported institutions provide the majority of the instruction in foreign languages, especially the less commonly taught languages.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of total national undergraduate language enrollments that are at NRC/FLAS funded institutions.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
%
%
1995
21
 
2000
21
20
2002
22
20
2003
22
22
2004
 
22

Percentage of total national graduate language enrollments that are at NRC/FLAS funded institutions.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
%
%
1995
55
 
1999
56
55
2000
56
55
2002
55
55
2003
55
56
2004
 
58


Explanation: While Title VI-supported institutions account for less than 3 percent of all higher education institutions, most recent data show that they enroll 56 percent of the graduate enrolled students and 21 percent of the undergraduate enrollment in less commonly taught languages. If you count only the “least” commonly taught languages, they account for 64 percent of the graduate enrolled students and 40 percent of the undergraduate enrollments.  
Source: Non-NCES Survey/Research
Collecting Agency: .
Survey/Research Report Title: MLA Study of Foreign Language Enrollments.
References: Modern Language Association (MLA) and Associations of Departments of Foreign Languages "Study of Foreign Language Enrollments." This study has been funded since 1958 through the Title VI: International Research and Studies program..
Web Site: http://www.mla.org/adfl/projects/index.htm.

Additional Source Information: Modern Language Association (MLA) conducts language enrollment survey once every three to five years. This study has been funded since 1958 through the International Research and Studies program under Title VI.

Frequency: Other.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: December 2004
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
NRC and FLAS performance reports through the EELIAS system will be checked against the data from the MLA study. The MLA data has been collected long before the Department's standards for evaluating program performance data were developed. Now that data can be validated by university enrollment figures reported in annual NRC performance reports this will provide tangible secondary validation.

Limitations: MLA studies are conducted once every 3 to 4 years, and therefore data for the out years must be extrapolated from annual performance reports.

Improvements: The MLA summary datasets will be integrated into the EELIAS system to provide a performance baseline for years when MLA study is not conducted.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Graduate Employment: National Resource Center programs who report that their graduates found employment that utilizes their language and/or area expertise.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of Ph.D. graduates of NRC institutions with positions where they use their expertise.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
%
%
1996
76
 
2000
80
76
2001
71
76
2002
74
76
2003
76
76
2004
 
78

Percent of M.A. graduates of NRC institutions with positions where they use their expertise.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
%
%
1996
44
 
2000
54
44
2001
52
44
2002
40
44
2003
50
44
2004
 
78

Percentage of M.A. graduates continuing their graduate studies and pursuing Ph.D.s.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
%
%
1996
24
 
2000
26
24
2001
34
24
2002
36
24
2003
27
32
2004
 
34


Explanation: NRC Ph.D. graduates become the experts that ensure national capacity in language and area studies is maintained. Data shows that the Ph.D. graduates primarily select fields where their expertise linguistic and area is best utilized. Ph.D. graduates who enter into K-12 education, foreign government, state/local government or who are unemployed or whose status is unknown are not counted toward using their expertise. M.A. graduates entering the professions help to fulfill the needs of companies, organizations and government with their area and international expertise. Many M.A. recipients continue their graduate study thus becoming the future experts. The data from the EELIAS performance reporting system showed that of the 1,782 Ph.D. graduates for 2001 no employment data was available for 343 of these graduates. IEGPS will work with grantees to develop strategies for better tracking program graduates. M.A. placement data is consistent with projected targets. M.A. continuing education data is consistent with projected targets.  
Source: Non-NCES Survey/Research
Survey/Research Report Title: EELIAS.
References: National Resource Center Annual and Final Reports from the EELIAS performance reporting system.
Web Site: http://www.eeliasonline.net.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: December 2004
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: NRCs have difficulty tracking program graduates. Currently, most graduate tracking is the responsibility of a universities alumni association. NRCs will work toward collaborating better with these associations to get better data on graduate placements.

Improvements: Collection of the data via the EELIAS reporting system has improved the ability of Program staff to conduct analyses of performance data. Once three years of data are available in the EELIAS system, long term projections and performance targets will be easier to measure.

 

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