Description

The purpose of the Task Force is to:

  • Catalog the current number of students and faculty who have recently participated in study abroad programs, broadly conceived. The detail will indicate how the events were arranged, their duration, their cost structure, and their academic content;
  • Develop new curriculum and staffing models that would better facilitate our commitment to internationalization;
  • Develop business plans for the staffing and curriculum models, above;
  • Develop implementation strategies for the staffing and curriculum models, above.

It is anticipated that the Internationalization Task Force will complete its work during the 2004-05 academic year, with an interim report due to the Academic Senate and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to the end of the 2004 fall semester. The Task Force will disband subsequent to the filing of its final report, which is due no later than May 1, 2005.

Assumptions

  • Resources not a consideration
  • Enrollment not a consideration
  • Willing to adopt another program’s vision if it fits
  • Internationalization has several components
    • Student/faculty/administration exchange
    • Curriculum
    • Extra-curricular
  • Must be holistic and integral
  • Internationalization does not equal tourism
  • Goal of internationalized citizen
  • Related to multicultural diversity and service

Mission Statement

An internationalized curriculum includes any course, program, or activity if it includes perspectives, issues, or events, from specific countries or areas other than the United States. A curriculum with an international orientation in content aims at preparing students for performing professionally and socially in an international and multicultural context, and is designed for domestic students and international students.

The internationalization of the curriculum requires thinking about curriculum differently; it does not occur solely in a few courses or majors and does not serve as simply an additive to existing programs. It calls for an interdisciplinary and multifaceted process that will affect all administrators, faculty and students. These changes involve the following areas:

  • Internationalizing Liberal Studies.
  • Infusing majors in a variety of disciplines with internationalized content and methods.
  • Creating majors or minors, or certificates with international focus.
  • Internationalizing professional school curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
  • Integrating study or internships abroad into the curriculum.
  • Developing foreign languages across the curriculum.
  • Creating joint curriculum (between domestic and foreign institutions).
  • Developing policies and programs that encourage faculty to internationalize the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
  • Recruitment of international administrators, faculty, and students.