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Jonathan Bennett"My experience in Washington has exceeded my wildest expectations in sharpening and furthering my academic development. As a research assistant, I co-authored two papers and worked with public and private sector leaders in the founding of SAGE-Strengthening America's Global Engagement-the first independent public diplomacy organization in the United States. The unique nature of my academic course-most embodied in the fact that it was actually taught in the headquarters of Amnesty International-has made it a valuable experience as well."

—Jonathan Bennett

Principles of Good Practice

The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), a professional association for practitioners of experiential learning, has developed the following set of guidelines referred to as "Principles of Good Practice."

Intention - Determine what specific learning is intended as a result of the experience.

Clarity - Communicate goals, protocols and procedures among all stakeholders.

Monitoring and Assessment - Establish processes that define each person's role, expected outcomes, and evaluation measures.

Reflection - Analyze activities and learning against the outcome measures established at the beginning of the experience.

Evaluation - Clarify the evaluation role of student, faculty, and site supervisor.

Acknowledgement - Celebrate the experiential learning experience.

*Adapted from NSEE Quarterly, Spring 2004, Volume 29, Number 1, pp. 14-15

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