Eight Colleges and Universities Named 2013 “Simon Award“ Winners By NAFSA

Excellence in Integrating International Education on U.S. Campuses Recognized


Contact: Bill Roberts, 202.495.2553
Katie O'Connell, 202.495.2559

For Release: February 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, February 26, 2013 – Colorado State University, Green River Community College, Lone Star College System, St. Cloud State University, and the University of South Florida are winners of NAFSA’s 2013 “Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization,” given for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses.

Fairfield University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University received the 2013 “Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award” for a specific international program or initiative that contributes to comprehensive internationalization.

Named for the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the Simon Awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization.

“We are proud to present the 2013 Simon Awards to these colleges and universities for their comprehensive commitment and remarkable achievements in bringing global education opportunities to their students,” said NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson. “They are excellent models for how higher education across the country can and must innovate to prepare our students for the global economy we live in today.”

The 2013 Simon Award winners reflect a broad diversity of approaches present in campus internationalization today, both in terms of models and implementation. “Comprehensive internationalization” is the planned, strategic integration of international, intercultural, and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of higher education. To be fully successful, it must involve active and responsible engagement of the academic community in global networks and partnerships.

Senator Simon was a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. His leadership in these areas was especially evident in his robust support for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and for his vision of a national program to greatly expand U.S. citizens' knowledge of the world, which was the inspiration behind the proposed Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act.

The Simon Act is a congressional initiative to significantly increase study abroad opportunities for U.S. undergraduates, with the goal of one million U.S. students studying abroad each year within ten years. The bill has had strong bipartisan support in past sessions of Congress, and carries the endorsement of nearly 50 higher education and international education organizations. Read more about the Simon bill at www.nafsa.org/simon.

Institutions selected for the internationalization awards this year will be featured in NAFSA's report Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall, and honored at an event in Washington, D.C., in November during International Education Week.

The NAFSA selection committee for the 2013 awards were: Woody Pelton of Elon University, James Buschman of New York University, Harvey Charles of Northern Arizona University, Jenifer Cushman of Juniata College, Barry Morris of Kennesaw State University, and Joseph Rogers of College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.

To learn more about the Senator Paul Simon Awards, visit www.nafsa.org/SimonAward.