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Maine: March 2011

M I S S I O N   S T A T E M E N T

The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a not-for-profit, membership consortium of accredited, four-year colleges and universities in the United States, its territories, and Canada which have joined together for the purpose of sharing their educational resources and exchanging students among its member institutions.

The only program of its kind offering tuition reciprocal exchanges across the United States and Canada, NSE serves as the national resource for inter-institutional study opportunities.

NSE offers study opportunities at diverse university settings and provides access to a wide array of courses and programs; field experiences, co-op, and internship options; and resident assistant, honors, and study abroad experiences.

NSE is administered by a central office staff and governed by a Council elected from within the membership. Funding comes from institutional membership fees and student application fees.

NSE, with a reputation for quality service, maintains a strong and viable consortium through continuous communication and on-going assessment of the needs and interests of the membership.

C O R E   I D E O L O G Y

The purposes for which we exist are:

  • to provide inter-institutional exchange/study opportunities among colleges and universities at reasonable cost,
  • to provide intellectual and personal challenges to students in new academic and geographic settings whereby they may grow academically and personally, and
  • to offer opportunities for students to develop a greater appreciation of people and cultures throughout the geographic area served by NSE.
The values that guide us in meeting the diverse needs of our students, coordinators, and member institutions are:
  • excellence in our performance,
  • sensitivity,
  • respect,
  • cooperation, and
  • service.

E N V I S I O N E D   F U T U R E

The National Student Exchange will be recognized as the premier network of U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities which provides service to both institutions and their students.

Institutions will seek membership in order to access both the services of NSE for their students and the resources of the entire network.

NSE will be identified as the model for higher education networking and resource sharing world-wide.

Through NSE, member campuses will build cooperative programs that will make access and quality the hallmarks of their memberships.

The position of NSE coordinator will be respected and recognized nationally as a trained professional who abides by the Principles of Professional Practice for NSE Coordinators and provides quality service to students, peer coordinators, and member universities.

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