Our courses are accredited through our School of Record (SOR), the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (U of M). U of M utilizes the following criteria in determining the appropriateness of acting as SOR for a select number of educational partners:
All SFS courses—while often non-traditional in delivery –are developed and reviewed in accordance with our SOR and the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
Our School of Record conducts a thorough program review at one of our Centers every 5-7 years. This process includes a review of the history, mission, governing structure, academic policies, health and safety protocols, student participation information, as well as all information available to prospective, admitted, and enrolled students. Onsite at the Center, the review team meets with SFS faculty and staff, observes classes across the curriculum, participates in course field trips, and takes part in student meetings to gain additional feedback.
Our SOR joined us most recently in March 2017 at the SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies in Costa Rica.
The SFS Institutional Partners Council helps uphold our consistent record of academic quality in the changing field of environmental study abroad. The Council advises SFS on program development, environmental and scientific issues, and trends in academia. For a spectrum of viewpoints, the Council is comprised of study abroad practitioners, faculty, and SFS alumni working in the private sector, NGOs, and government.