Eight U.S. Colleges Receive Awards for Campus Internationalization



Contact: Katie O'Connell, 202.495.2559

For Release: March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012 - NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced today the five winners of the Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, as well as the three institutions selected for recognition with the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. Together these awards comprise the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization.

The five institutions selected for this year's Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization are:

  • College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
  • Juniata College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Michigan

These institutions reflect the 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.

Three additional institutions have been selected to receive the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for a specific international program or initiative that contributes toward comprehensive internationalization. They are:

  • Providence College
  • University of Arizona
  • Washington and Jefferson College

Named for the late Senator Paul Simon, (D–Ill.), these awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization. Senator Simon was well known as 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 in his vision of a national program to greatly expand U.S. citizens' knowledge of the world, which was the inspiration behind the 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 fifty higher education and international education organizations. Read more about the Simon bill at www.nafsa.org/simon.

The 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, DC, in November during International Education Week.

The NAFSA selection jury for the 2012 awards included Gil Latz, (jury chair; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), Peter Coclanis (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Tom D'Agostino (Hobart & William Smith Colleges), Paul McVeigh (Northern Virginia Community College), and Woody Pelton (Elon University).

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