We hosted a successful site visit on October 25 with the president and vice-president of the National Student Exchange. The National Student Exchange (NSE) is a not-for-profit education consortium that provides affordable and practical opportunities for students enrolled at member campuses to study and live in a new location for a semester or academic year (www.nse.org). NSE is similar international exchange programs in which member institutions send/receive students through a centralized process, rather than individual institutions maintaining a large set of bilateral agreements.
WKU has been considering joining for several years and now we have a home for the program with Study Away established in Extended Learning & Outreach.
Our strong preliminary application was approved in September. The site visit led to an invitation to become an NSE member. We need to iron out a few details internally and with NSE, but it looks like WKU is well placed to be the next NSE member institution.