#1 - Articulated Institutional Commitment, Communications and Outreach

Assure a clear and definite message that internationalization is a priority on our campus.  Include internationalization in institution’s mission statement or strategic plan; develop a separate internationalization plan to supplement the overall strategic plan; create a system for assessing progress by framing explicit goals and holding the institution accountable for accomplishing them.  See more.

#2 - Curriculum, Co-Curriculum and Learning Goals

Review current curriculum, co-curriculum, and college programs for trends; begin a discussion of global competency skills and how to assess them out of the curriculum; recommend approaches for curriculum integration of education abroad programs/coursework into academic majors. See more.

#3 - International Student Services, Recruitment, and Retention

Identify student life issues for international students and scholars, opportunities for engaging U.S. and international students together, and modes of improving campus climate. See more.

#4 - Faculty and Staff Policies and Practices

Articulate recommendations for guidelines specifying international work or experience as a consideration in faculty promotion and tenure decisions; consider international background, experience, and interests when hiring faculty and staff; see more. 

Internationalization Definition

Working Definition

Internationalization is the process of incorporating global perspectives into teaching, learning, and research to meet the university’s obligation to prepare students for productive and responsible citizenship in the world.  This includes:

  • Building intercultural skills and competencies among students, faculty and staff
  • Establishing relationships and collaborations with individuals and institutions abroad
  • Promoting respect of religious, cultural, and linguistic differences
  • Developing strategic, coordinated processes that align and integrate policies, programs and initiatives

[Definition adapted from the American Council on Education’s “Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition”]

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