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NAFSA: Association of International Educators Records

Identifier: MC 715b

Scope and Content Note

The records include administrative files, minutes and supporting documents from the board of directors, correspondence, and material pertaining to the NAFSA reorganization between 1972 and 1986. It also contains files of NAFSA Field Service Program (FSP) as well as correspondence, development manuals, surveys, and projects mostly of Region II Community Section (COMSEC). Included also and arranged by the Program ID Number are the final reports of NAFSA’s Cooperative Grants Program (COOP). Cooperative Grants Program is a U.S. Department of State funded program which provides funds to institutions of higher education and community organizations for programming involving international and U.S. study abroad students. Some of the final reports are accompanied by photographs and/or videocassettes.


  • 1965-2001


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Restrictions apply: Box 18 contains confidential NAFSA evaluations of academic institutions, and is currently restricted.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

NAFSA: The Association of International Educators is a nonprofit membership association that provides training, information, and other educational services to professionals in the field of international educational exchange. Founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, it became the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs in 1964 and NAFSA: The Association of International Educators in 1990. NAFSA is headed by elected officers, a Board of Directors, and an Executive Committee. Much of the day-to-day work of the organization has been handled by (at various times) executive assistants, executive secretaries, an executive director, and an executive vice president. Hugh Jenkins, President of NAFSA in 1965/66, was the first Executive Director, serving from 1966 until 1974, when he became Executive Vice President, then until 1980, when he was succeeded by John F. Reichard. Naomi F. Collins took over as Executive Vice President and CEO in 1992.

NAFSA provides consultations, workshops, and in-service training to strengthen services to foreign students and scholars on U.S. campuses and U.S. students abroad. It sponsors national and regional conferences to share information and expertise. The organization also provides information services, project funding opportunities, and liaison/representation with U.S. government agencies and other educational associations in the U.S. and abroad. It has produced publications and audiovisual presentations that provide information about all aspects of working with foreign students and scholars and U.S. students going abroad at all educational levels. Notable publications are the NAFSA Newsletter; the Adviser's Manual of Federal Regulations Affecting Foreign Students and Scholars; the Guideline Series, describing procedures involved in the campus administration of exchange programs; the NAFSA Principles for International Educational Exchange, establishing principles of effective practice for those involved in the many aspects of international educational exchange; the NAFSA Self-Study Guide, to assist post-secondary institutions in the assessment of their international educational exchange programs and services; and the NAFSA Directory.

NAFSA's major funded programs are the Cooperative Projects Program, which administers a variety of special projects on campuses and in communities, with the purpose of enriching the experiences of foreign students attending U.S. colleges and universities; the Education for International Development Program, which conducts activities to enhance the experiences of Agency for International Development (AID) participants and students from the developing world through appropriate academic training and increased interaction with the host community; and the Field Service, dedicated to strengthening campus and community services to foreign students and scholars and U.S. colleges and universities and U.S. students abroad by providing information, training, and professional development for those working in the field of international educational exchange.

Within NAFSA five professional sections reflect the interests of members: Admissions Section (ADSEC), Association of Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL), Council of Advisers to Foreign Students and Scholars (CAFSS), Community Section (COMSEC), and Section on U.S. Students Abroad (SECUSSA).


18 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The official records of the Association of International Educators was donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, between 1995 and 1997 by NAFSA officals.

Related Collections

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Records (MC 715)

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwe; completed in November 2010.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Records
Vera Ekechukwu
November 2010
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444