About CASE
The Oxford Accord

At the first joint meeting of the CASE Board and the CASE Europe Board in 2004 in Fontainebleau, France, the two bodies adopted the "Fontainebleau Principles" regarding CASE's international growth.

At their second joint meeting, held in 2007 at Oxford University, they agreed upon ten key points that build on the Fontainebleau Principles and form the "Oxford Accord":

  • The Fontainebleau Principles remain an appropriate framework for CASE's continuing evolution around the world.
  • CASE will pursue its growth and development as both an international organization (one that incorporates international perspectives into its overall operations) and as a global organization (one that provides services appropriate to various regions around the world).
  • A commitment to excellence and to the highest professional and ethical standards will be the hallmark of CASE operations around the world.
  • A simple principle will inform all new ventures: CASE is first and foremost a community of professionals who share information and inspiration, ideas and ideals so that they can better serve their respective institutions.
  • In designing and facilitating the exchange of information among members around the globe, CASE will work to ensure that there is benefit to both established and emerging markets.
  • In entering new markets, CASE may consider any initial investment as an act of "enlightened philanthropy," recognizing that all members benefit from the increased understanding and professionalism of educational advancement around the world.
  • CASE's success in serving new markets will depend heavily on understanding local needs and engaging local practitioners by helping them to adapt (and not simply adopt) best practices from well-established programs.
  • In its professional development programs, CASE will respect both cultural differences and core principles related to educational advancement.
  • CASE will work to ensure that its member communications reflect and represent the breadth and diversity of the CASE membership worldwide.
  • While CASE will operate primarily as an English language organization, it will offer programs and services in other languages on a selected basis where there is significant member demand and adequate volunteer support.

Rita Bornstein, Chair
CASE Board of Trustees

Peter Slee, Chair
CASE Europe Board of Trustees

May 1, 2007