Mission Statement

According to NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, campus internationalization involves

1) the development of leadership across the campus;

2) the internationalization of the curriculum;

3) the recruitment and support of faculty with international training, teaching, and research experience;

4) the promotion of opportunities to study and do research abroad;

5) the recruitment and integration of international students and international visiting teacher-scholars and performers into campus life; and

6) the internationalization of student affairs, including the promotion of internationally-focused extra-curricular activities and service.

The function of COI is to assist appropriate university bodies and make recommendations to the Senate regarding the development, implementation, and review of NMU policies affecting the faculty investment in all of these areas -- particularly in their academic and curricular components. 

An internationalized curriculum should be developed by internationally experienced faculty.  It includes any course, program or activity that includes perspectives, issues, or events from specific countries or areas other than the United States.  The curriculum with an international orientation in content aims to prepare students both professionally and socially in an international and multicultural context, and is designed for both domestic and foreign students.  An internationalized curriculum is formulated and delivered by expert teacher-scholars whose proposed academic or learning activities and their outcomes are approved and assessed by the appropriate university bodies.