2017 Internationalizing the Campus

Introduction

NAFSA’s 15th annual report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, reflects the continued growth in support for campus internationalization from campuses across the country since the creation of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. T...

NAFSA’s 15th annual report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, reflects the continued growth in support for campus internationalization from campuses across the country since the creation of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The selection committee receives an increasingly competitive number of applications each year from diverse universi-ties across the United States. Each year the selection committee seeks institutions where internationalization has been broadly infused into all facets of the campus. The 2017 award institutions feature the following characteristics:

  • The campus has been widely internationalized across schools, divisions, departments, and disciplines.
  • There is evidence of genuine administrative or board-level support for internationalization.
  • The campuswide internationalization has had demonstrable impact for students.
  • The institution’s mission or planning documents contain an explicit or implicit statement regarding internationalization or global learning.
  • The institution’s commitment to internationalization is reflected in the curriculum.
  • The campuswide internationalization eff orts have had demonstrable results within
  • the faculty.
  • There is an international dimension in off -campus programs, community engagement, and strategic partnerships.
  • There is internationalization in research and/or faculty exchange.
  • The institution supports education abroad as well as its international faculty, scholars, and students.
  • There are programs or initiatives that are innovative and/or creative in their approach to campus internationalization.

NAFSA received many outstanding nominations from a diverse group of distinguished institutions. Four institutions were awarded the Comprehensive Award and are profiled in this report. They are: Florida State University, Santa Monica College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Pittsburgh. Three additional institutions received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for their outstanding accomplishments in a specific area of internationalization. They include: Spelman College, for its Spelman Going Global program; Texas Christian University, for its TCU Rhino Initiative; and the University of North Texas, for its Heart of Mexico program. 

These seven institutions will be recognized at the Simon Award Presidential Panel and Awards Reception, a special ceremony that will take place on November 14, 2017, in Washington, D.C., as part of International Education Week. The presidents will be featured in a moderated panel discussion about their institutions’ success in comprehensive internationalization.

The Simon Award celebrates the legacy of the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, a life-long advocate for international education and exchange, recognizing universities and programs that promote international understanding and a more just and peaceful world. NAFSA continues to support the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act, which would create a program to incentivize institutional change to make study abroad an integral part of higher education. The Simon Study Abroad Act would advance the goal of ensuring that 1 million U.S. college students will study abroad annually, for credit; that study abroad participants will be representative of the undergraduate population in terms of gender, ethnicity, income level, and field of study; and that a significantly greater proportion of study abroad will occur in nontraditional destinations.

We hope that international educators will share this report with their institution’s top leadership and across all levels of their campus community to celebrate the value of well-planned, well-executed international education efforts, and to broaden the reach of best practices in internationalization, especially those using innovative or creative approaches. Internationalizing the Campus is also of great value in communicating with communities beyond the campus. Legislatures and government agencies may find it a helpful tool in discussing and understanding international education and exchange.

NAFSA congratulates each institution recognized in the 2017 Internationalizing the Campus report for its outstanding work. These institutions truly recognize the importance of international education in the world today and building a globally competent workforce in the increasingly globalized economy.

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Acknowledgements

NAFSA acknowledges and is very appreciative of the considerable work of five member-leaders, from prior Senator Paul Simon Award campuses, who constituted the selection committee responsible for choosing the institutions profiled in Internationalizing the Campus 2017: Eva Paus (Chair), Mount H...

NAFSA acknowledges and is very appreciative of the considerable work of five member-leaders, from prior Senator Paul Simon Award campuses, who constituted the selection committee responsible for choosing the institutions profiled in Internationalizing the Campus 2017:

  • Eva Paus (Chair), Mount Holyoke College
  • Dudley Doane, University of Virginia
  • Steve Hanson, College of William & Mary
  • Schuyler Korban, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Bailan Li, North Carolina State University

Their careful review of the nominations and thorough deliberations were truly invaluable. This report was researched and written by Charlotte West, a freelance writer. 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 Comprehensive Internationalization and the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, bestowed upon the four and three institutions, respectively, in the 2017 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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Florida State University’s (FSU) Global and Multicultural Building, home of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), is the on-campus embodiment of FSU’s more than 60-year commitment to international education. Bringing together academic and student
Comprehensive Award

Florida State University

The Globe Brings Together Academic and Student Affairs at Florida State University
Florida State University’s (FSU) Global and Multicultural Building, home of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), is the on-campus embodiment of FSU’s more than 60-year commitment to international education. Bringing together academic and student

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With more than 30,000 students enrolled at its campus in Southern California, including 3,500 international students from more than 110 countries, Santa Monica College (SMC) is one of the most diverse associate’s institutions in the United States
Comprehensive Award

Santa Monica College

Global Citizenship Infuses Campus Life at Santa Monica College
With more than 30,000 students enrolled at its campus in Southern California, including 3,500 international students from more than 110 countries, Santa Monica College (SMC) is one of the most diverse associate’s institutions in the United States

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Through its global initiatives and community outreach efforts, the University of Iowa (UI), well-known for its Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has excelled in recent years in welcoming the world to its campus in Iowa City. The campus, situated on the former
Comprehensive Award

University of Iowa

University of Iowa Embraces Internationalization in Iowa City
Through its global initiatives and community outreach efforts, the University of Iowa (UI), well-known for its Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has excelled in recent years in welcoming the world to its campus in Iowa City. The campus, situated on the former

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Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United States. As such, the university has an impressively long tradition of international engagement. From its creation of its first
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University of Pittsburgh

Bringing the World to Pitt Through Global Engagement
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United States. As such, the university has an impressively long tradition of international engagement. From its creation of its first

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In 1888, Nora Antonio Gordon, a graduate of Spelman Seminary in Atlanta, traveled to the Congo as a teacher and missionary at a time when few African American women had access to educational opportunities. She was the first in a long line of Spelman
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Spelman College

Going Global at Spelman College
In 1888, Nora Antonio Gordon, a graduate of Spelman Seminary in Atlanta, traveled to the Congo as a teacher and missionary at a time when few African American women had access to educational opportunities. She was the first in a long line of Spelman

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In 2015 a South African white rhino named Hope made headlines around the world after surviving a brutal attack by poachers who hacked off her horn. Rhino conservationist Will Fowlds was one of the team of wildlife veterinarians charged with the
Spotlight Award

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University Promotes Global Stewardship With TCU Rhino Initiative
In 2015 a South African white rhino named Hope made headlines around the world after surviving a brutal attack by poachers who hacked off her horn. Rhino conservationist Will Fowlds was one of the team of wildlife veterinarians charged with the

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Heart of Mexico tells the stories of Raúl Borges, a young father in Tunkás, Mexico, struggling with the decision of whether to immigrate to the United States for work, and José Madero Pech, another father in the same village who returned home to meet
Spotlight Award

University of North Texas

University of North Texas Builds Cultural Bridges Through the Heart of Mexico
Heart of Mexico tells the stories of Raúl Borges, a young father in Tunkás, Mexico, struggling with the decision of whether to immigrate to the United States for work, and José Madero Pech, another father in the same village who returned home to meet

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