The Major Advising Pages (MAPs) serve several different audiences. Although the first of those listed here is the primary audience, try to keep the others in mind also as you develop your major advising sheets.
- Your majors and minors. This is by far the most important user group. Make all material in the MAP appropriate to your students.
- Prospective majors or minors. Students often decide to study abroad, and even select a study abroad experience, before they have declared a major.
- Prospective students. The Office of Admissions report that many high school students and potential transfer students ask about study abroad opportunities as part of their decision-making process. Your MAP can be one of the things that attract the attention of outstanding prospective students.
- Academic and faculty advisers. Advisers in your department can use the MAP, especially the academic considerations section, to structure their discussions about study abroad with students.
- Learning Abroad Center advisers. Our advisers help students to identify and assess programs of interest.
- Other UofM advisers. Other advising offices are also interested in your MAP. Many advising communities read, use and distribute the corresponding to the disciplines they cover.
- Other institutions. The University of Minnesota’s Curriculum Integration Project is considered a national model. They may lack the resources that our FIPSE and Bush Foundation grants have given us, so they will be eager to take advantage of any ideas our experience can offer. Your MAPs can serve as a starting point as they move forward with their own version of curriculum integration.
- Program sponsors. Program affiliates (Arcadia, IFSA Butler, CIEE, HECUA, IES, and so on) not only find useful the exercise of screening their offerings discipline by discipline to help us construct the MAPs, but they also find the ultimate product useful both for promoting and for fine-tuning their programs. Similarly, Learning Abroad Center program teams can use the pages to tweak existing programs to serve better the needs of particular disciplines or to identify gaps where we might wish to consider developing a new program.