We are pleased to present our tenth annual report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, which profiles the institutions selected to receive this year’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The report cites exemplary practices, model approaches, and key trends related to international education on these outstanding U.S. campuses.
In seeking out institutions where international education has been broadly infused into all facets of the institution, the 2012 selection committee was particularly focused on identifying institutions and programs with 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.
NAFSA received many outstanding nominations from a diverse group of distinguished institutions across the United States. Each of the five institutions chosen by the selection committee—College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in Minnesota, Juniata College in Pennsylvania, Northern Arizona University, San Francisco State University, and the University of Michigan—is profiled in this report. NAFSA will present the award to these institutions at a special ceremony on November 13, 2012, in Washington, DC, as part of this year’s International Education Week events.
Three other institutions received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award and are featured for their outstanding accomplishments in specific areas of internationalization. Providence College in Rhode Island is recognized for its major in Global Studies; the University of Arizona is recognized for its Latin American Summer Research Program for underrepresented undergraduate students; and Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania is recognized for developing its Magellan Project Program.
The late Senator Paul Simon 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, which later led to the introduction of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act, a legislative proposal that continues to be championed by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.
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 to broaden the reach of best practices in internationalization. Internationalizing the Campus is also of great value in communicating with communities beyond the campus. Legislatures and government agencies may find it helpful in discussing and understanding international education and exchange. We believe once again this year that Internationalizing the Campus highlights the power of international education to advance learning and scholarship, to develop a globally competent workforce, to enhance constructive leadership in the global community, and to promote a more just and peaceful world.
NAFSA acknowledges and is very appreciative of the considerable work of five volunteers who constituted the selection jury responsible for choosing the institutions profiled in Internationalizing the Campus 2012:
- Gil Latz (Chair), Portland State University
- Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- Thomas D’Agostino, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
- Paul McVeigh, Northern Virginia Community College
- Woody Pelton, Elon University
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 2012 report.
Internationalizing the Campus reports from previous years and information about the competition can be viewed online at www.nafsa.org/itc.