In our eighth edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, we feature the institutions selected to receive the 2010 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 into all facets of the institution, the 2010 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—Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York, Loyola University Maryland, Northeastern University in Massachusetts, and University of San Francisco in California—is profiled in this report. Three other institutions that received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award are also featured for their outstanding accomplishments in specific areas of internationalization. The Borough of Manhattan Community College is recognized for its Salzburg Global Seminars, College of the Atlantic is recognized for the International Environmental Diplomacy Program, and La Roche College is recognized for its Pacem in Terris Institute.
The five award-winning institutions were presented with NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization at a special ceremony held during NAFSA’s Annual Conference in June 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. 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 underscore the value of international education and explore best practices in internationalization. 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 future growth in the field.
NAFSA gratefully acknowledges the considerable work of five volunteers who constituted the selection jury responsible for choosing the institutions profiled in Internationalizing the Campus 2010:
- Ron Roberson (Chair), Vice President for Academic Affairs (retired), Howard Community College
- Mary Devins, Associate Director of Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, Connecticut College
- Jeff Riedinger, Dean of International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University
- Neal Sobania, Executive Director of the Wang Center for International Programs, Pacific Lutheran University
- Priscilla Stone, Director of Overseas Programs and Academic 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 2010 report.
Internationalizing the Campus reports from previous years and information about the competition can be viewed online at www.nafsa.org/itc.