2008 Internationalizing the Campus

Introduction

In our seventh edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and ­Universities, we feature the institutions selected to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The report cites exemplary practices, model approaches, and major trends describin...

In our seventh edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and ­Universities, we feature the institutions selected to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The report cites exemplary practices, model approaches, and major trends describing the current state of international education on these outstanding U.S. campuses.

This annual publication serves to highlight the power of international education to advance learning and scholarship, develop a globally competent workforce, enhance constructive leadership in the global community, and promote a more just and peaceful world.

Again this year NAFSA received many outstanding nominations for the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from a diverse group of distinguished institutions throughout the United States.

In seeking out institutions where international education has been broadly infused across all facets of the institution, the 2009 Selection Jury was tasked with looking for some or all of the following characteristics:

  • The campus has been widely internationalized across schools, divisions, departments, and disciplines.
  • There is evidence of genuine administrative or even board-level support for internationalization.
  • The campus-wide internationalization has had demonstrable results for students.
  • The institution’s mission or planning documents contain an explicit or implicit statement regarding international education.
  • The institution’s commitment to internationalization is reflected in the curriculum.
  • The campus-wide internationalization has had demonstrable results within the faculty.
  • There is an international dimension in off-campus programs and outreach.
  • There is internationalization in research and/or faculty exchange.
  • The institution supports education abroad as well as its international faculty, scholars, and students.

Each of the five institutions chosen by the jury to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization is profiled in this report. Among the 2009 winners are schools of widely varying sizes and resources: Boston University; Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut; Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; Portland State University in Portland, Oregon; and the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Three other institutions shown in this report received the 2009 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for their outstanding accomplishments in specific areas of internationalization. Berklee College of Music is noted for its robust, in-person, interview-based admissions process on six continents; Fairleigh Dickinson University is recognized for innovative use of technology for faculty development and curriculum internationalization; and the University of California, Davis is acknowledged for groundbreaking academic diplomacy related to Iran and Cuba.

The five institutions winning NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization were presented with the award at a special ceremony held during NAFSA’s Annual Conference in May 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The late senator served Illinois and the nation as a strong voice for civil rights, peace initiatives, and international understanding. Throughout his career, he was a dedicated advocate for international education, using his positions on various committees in the Senate to advocate for exchange. His leadership in this area was especially evident in his robust support, along with Senator David Boren of Oklahoma, for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and his advocacy for legislation to enact the recommendations of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program.

We hope that international educators will share this report with their institution’s top leadership—including their trustees—in order to document and underscore the value of international education. Internationalizing the Campus is also of great value in communicating with wider communities and regions. Legislatures and government agencies may find it helpful in discussing and understanding international education and exchange. Finally, we hope that it not only presents knowledge and resources to help improve the practice of international education, but also that it inspires new insights and activities in years to come.

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Acknowledgements

NAFSA gratefully acknowledges the considerable work of five volunteers who constituted the selection jury responsible for choosing the institutions profiled in Internationalizing the Campus 2009: Brian Whalen (Chair), Associate Dean, Associate Professor of International Studies, and Executive ...

NAFSA gratefully acknowledges the considerable work of five volunteers who constituted the selection jury responsible for choosing the institutions profiled in Internationalizing the Campus 2009:

  • Brian Whalen (Chair), Associate Dean, Associate Professor of International Studies, and Executive Director of the Office of Global Education, Dickinson College
  • Riall Nolan, Dean of International Programs, Purdue University
  • Paul Primak, Director International Programs, Oregon University System
  • Ron Roberson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Howard Community College
  • Priscilla Stone, Director of Overseas Programs and Undergraduate Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Their careful review of the nominations and thorough deliberations were truly invaluable.

This report was researched and written by Christopher Connell, formerly the national education reporter for The Associated Press (AP), and later assistant chief of the AP Washington Bureau. Mr. Connell is a freelance writer, editor, and consultant who works with foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. He also contributed many of the fine photographs accompanying the profile articles on the Senator Paul Simon Award winners.

Many thanks go to the representatives of the colleges and universities who participated in the project, including all who submitted nominations. We especially thank the institutions featured in this report for their assistance in helping us research and report their stories.

We continue to be indebted to the family of Paul Simon for lending the late senator’s name to the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization and the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Awards, bestowed upon the five and three institutions, respectively, in the 2009 report.

Internationalizing the Campus reports from previous years and information about the competition can be viewed online at www.nafsa.org/itc.

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Aviva Bergman’s worn yellow satchel doubles as a diary of her adventurous young life: almost every inch is covered with flag patches from the 45 countries where she has studied, volunteered, traveled, and taught.
Comprehensive Award

Goucher College

Study Abroad Mandate Brings Students and Challenges to Goucher College
Aviva Bergman’s worn yellow satchel doubles as a diary of her adventurous young life: almost every inch is covered with flag patches from the 45 countries where she has studied, volunteered, traveled, and taught.

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The boxer rebellion against foreign influence ended a century ago with Russian, Japanese, and western forces occupying beijing and forcing China’s imperial government to pay reparations. The United States was due a minor share for its supporting role
Comprehensive Award

University of Illinois

Urban Champaign - A Land- Grant Giant Operates on a Global Stage
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If luck is the residue of design, it is no coincidence that Nebraska Wesleyan University has produced 21 Fulbright and one Rhodes Scholar since 2000. This “little college on the prairie,” as one professor calls it, does not leave these matters to
Comprehensive Award

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Mints Fulbright Scholars as Part of Its Global Plan
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It was no accident that the nineteenth century founders of Pittsburg, Kansas, chose a name that called to mind the much bigger and grander Pittsburgh (with an ‘h’) in Pennsylvania’s coal mining precincts. Little Pittsburg in the sunflower state’s
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Pittsburg State University

Winning Formula in Internationalization Found in a Kansas Corner
It was no accident that the nineteenth century founders of Pittsburg, Kansas, chose a name that called to mind the much bigger and grander Pittsburgh (with an ‘h’) in Pennsylvania’s coal mining precincts. Little Pittsburg in the sunflower state’s

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Preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2009, Valparaiso University can look back on three distinct epochs in an unusual history: its founding by Methodists in 1859 as Valparaiso Male and Female College, a pioneer of coeducation that lasted
Comprehensive Award

Valparaiso University

The China Connection Marks a Bold New Era
Preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2009, Valparaiso University can look back on three distinct epochs in an unusual history: its founding by Methodists in 1859 as Valparaiso Male and Female College, a pioneer of coeducation that lasted

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In an era of tight budgets and diminished state support for higher education, there is a surprising optimism in the air at Colorado State University, perched in Fort Collins in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Spotlight Award

Colorado State University

Executes a Strategic Plan With a Global Thrust
In an era of tight budgets and diminished state support for higher education, there is a surprising optimism in the air at Colorado State University, perched in Fort Collins in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings delivered the commencement speech at Miami Dade College in May 2008, she hailed the famous community college as “the largest and most diverse college in the nation—and probably in the world.”
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Miami Dade College

A Passion for the Arts Brings the World to Miami Dade–and to Miami
When U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings delivered the commencement speech at Miami Dade College in May 2008, she hailed the famous community college as “the largest and most diverse college in the nation—and probably in the world.”

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In the race to send more students abroad, some U.S. Universities can point with pride to facilities they own in the great cities of Europe, like Georgetown’s villa on a hill above Florence or Notre Dame’s building on London’s Trafalgar Square, or to
Spotlight Award

Webster University

Webster University’s Wide Branches Extend Across Europe and Asia
In the race to send more students abroad, some U.S. Universities can point with pride to facilities they own in the great cities of Europe, like Georgetown’s villa on a hill above Florence or Notre Dame’s building on London’s Trafalgar Square, or to

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