Deadline: October 5th, 2021 (midnight EST)

What is this all about? 

Given the inherent global nature of education abroad, professionals in the field face unique challenges and opportunities with regards to how we respond to climate change and other environmental and social crises. Your participation in this survey will provide vital insights into how our field is evolving and how we might best address these and other critical challenges. Specifically, this survey intends to…
  1. offer state-of-the-field data on sustainability practices and policies,
  2. benchmark these practices to enable comparative and longitudinal research,
  3. incentivize continual improvement towards sustainable practices, and
  4. inspire action to address the impact our field has on the climate crisis.

Who should complete this survey?

Categories of survey questions include Demographics, Office Management, Program Design & Operations, Student Learning, and Perceived Barriers with regard to implementing sustainable practices and policies. We therefore request survey respondents be coordinators or administrators who have knowledge about these aspects of their institution’s, or organization's, education abroad programs. We encourage responses from all institutions, or organizations, regardless of their perceived level of environmental sustainability efforts. We anticipate the survey will only take 10-15 minutes to complete, but respondents are also encouraged to take time to elaborate on their responses.


What will we do with this information?

By default, only aggregate data will be publicly shared and no details or free text responses will be released that might identify respondents or their host institutions or organizations.  Respondents can optionally provide contact information at the end, which will enable us to follow up in order to
  1. clarify particular responses,
  2. request permission to highlight projects in reports, and/or
  3. offer assistance with their current efforts. 

Who is behind this survey?

Bound International navigates the intersection of international educational mobility, environmental sustainability, and technological innovation. We support environmental awareness and tech solutions for educational institutions and organizations.

Earth Deeds offers innovative online tools for groups to understand and account for their carbon footprints through supporting meaningful sustainability projects.
Glossary 

Carbon Tax: a fee to use fossil fuels, especially from transportation (e.g. cars, planes) for the purpose of reducing the emission of carbon dioxide.

Diversity
: Individual differences (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations). (Source: AACU)

Education Abroad
: The act of pursuing an education abroad experience that is non-degree seeking, including study for academic credit, volunteer, service, research or an internship abroad. May also be referred to as student mobility or study abroad.


Environmental Sustainability: Conscious efforts towards achieving a healthy balance between humankind and the Earth’s biosphere that is particularly conscious of avoiding the use of critical, non-renewable resources to ensure the longevity of all co-existent life.  Most questions within this survey pertain to the notion of "Environmental Sustainability."

Faculty: Individuals that teach higher education curricula.  May also be known as academic staff. 

Higher Education: Post-secondary education. May also be referred to as P-16 education or tertiary education.

Institution: An accredited university, college or institute that awards degrees in higher education.

NGO: Non-Governmental or Non-Profit Organization. 

Scope 3 Emissions: For the purposes of this survey, Scope 3 emissions can be equated with CO2 emissions from travel, especially with respect to international flights.

Social Sustainability: The practice of identifying and managing institutional impacts, both positive and negative, on people.

Staff: Full or part time professionals.  They may or may not also have teaching duties.

Third Party Provider for Education Abroad: An organization that arranges education abroad opportunities for students in higher education and frequently offers multiple support services.

Thank you for your willingness to participate in this survey.
Please direct questions to karen@bound-intl.com or daniel@earthdeeds.org.
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