Strategic Directions

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Internationalization: Strategic Directions Workshop, February 8, 2005

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Theme: Increase opportunities for students and faculty for international study, research, and service.

General Questions:

  1. In what ways can USD internationalize the campus?
  2. How can USD measure the success of internationalizing the campus?
  3. How can USD establish accountability for success?

Discussants: Paula Cordeiro (discussion leader), Tina Braun (recorder), Moises Baron, Michel Boudrias, Carole Huston, Terry McGlynn, David Moseley, Joyce Neu, David Shirk, Shelly Smith.

Summary of Major Ideas

Create an atmosphere on campus that stresses the value of international perspective and international experience for students, faculty, staff, and administrators by doing the following:

1. Internationalize our structure. Create a Vice Provost position, with staff, responsible for internationalization, inclusion, and diversity of campus. The Vice Provost should hold an earned doctorate and be capable serving a broad constituency, including students, international students, faculty, and staff. Responsibilities should include:

  • Set goals and define success indicators for internationalization, inclusion, and diversity.
  • Supervise the offices of International Study and International Student Services.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for students and faculty looking for opportunities for international study, research, grants, and funding.
  • Maintain a website to consolidate information on topics with an international focus.
  • Sponsor public forums to share experiences abroad.
  • Establish mentorship program between students and between faculty who will go abroad with those who have already been abroad or have connections in the same country.
  • Increase our marketing efforts abroad.
  • Consider including international experience or proficiency in another language as one of the criteria in hiring personnel throughout campus.
  • Increase USD’s interaction with Mexico, making USD San Diego’s leading university with ties to Mexico.

2. Internationalize our curricula.

  • Require language proficiency for undergrads and strongly recommend for graduate students.
  • Require study abroad for undergrads and international experience for students in graduate programs.
  • Require a preparation course (with units) for pre-study abroad and a reflection process/course for post-study abroad.
  • Integrate internationalization into the GED – perhaps create an “I”.
  • Set criteria for faculty and students for the experience of studying abroad—not just studying with other American students in an English-speaking country; broaden study abroad options.
  • Require international Community Service Learning.
  • Include international experiences and internships with Career Services’ offerings.
  • Explore creating more joint degree programs with universities abroad.
  • Require students to attend more lectures on campus that focus on international themes/issues, such as the KIPJ lecture series.

3. Internationalize our faculty.

  • Redefine or reinterpret the “mission/vision” category of USD’s Promotion and Tenure criteria to include internationalization by requiring faculty to work, attend seminars, or do research abroad.
  • Earmark a certain percentage of research funds for faculty work abroad.
  • Increase support/funding for sabbaticals abroad.
  • Increase support/funding for faculty travel abroad.

Success indicators would include increases in:

  • Number of study abroad programs administered by USD, especially in less commonly visited countries.
  • Number of formal partnerships between USD and international NGOs and international governmental organizations.
  • Number of international students and visiting professors.
  • Number of scholarships for students from abroad, especially from underdeveloped countries.
  • Number of joint degrees with universities abroad.
  • Amount of funding for faculty research/travel abroad.