This document presents and explains the Institute for Experiential Learning's Standards of Excellence for Experiential Education through Internships, which were developed to generate a discussion in the higher education community on the academic standards that should serve as benchmarks for assessing the elements of good practice in internship programs. Sections 1-3 discuss the following: the standards' purpose; the various programs that would be considered experiential education; and an explanation of the standards' components. The remaining eight sections, which together constitute 75% of the document, are each devoted to one of the eight standards, which address the following issues: (1) enhancing on-campus excellence; (2) attaining institutional excellence/integrity; (3) achieving program quality through academic excellence and rigor; (4) achieving program quality through individual attention and involvement; (5) achieving program quality through appropriate internships; (6) achieving program quality through appropriate course work; (7) achieving program quality through diversity; and (8) achieving program quality through appropriate assessments. Each section includes information on the standard, its rationale, criteria for evaluating achievement of the standard, and appropriate steps for higher education institutions to take when implementing the standard. Concluding the document is a fact sheet on the Institute for Experiential Learning. (MN)
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