Proposal for Internationalizing the College of Education
Submitted by the COE International Advisory Committee (4/08/08): Rayma Beal, Lars Bjork, Sharon Brennan (interim chair), Beth Goldstein, Pam Remer, and Xin Ma
This semester the International Advisory Committee met with faculty in all departments to discuss ways to strengthen our international efforts. The purpose was to think with our colleagues about the ingredients that might go into a strategic plan to internationalize the College. The ideas for direction that came out of these discussions clustered around three points: increasing faculty engagement in international initiatives; improving student understanding of global issues and diverse perspectives outside the United States; and improving communication about international activities.
The committee has organized these ideas into three goals for faculty consideration. These goals are listed below together with points made during discussions. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list; we apologize for any omissions. In addition to listing the goals, we have suggested strategies for implementation. This is a short term plan which can be used as a first step in strengthening our effort. We believe the next step should be to develop a more robust, coherent strategic plan for the College with long term implications.
Goal 1: Increase faculty engagement in international initiatives.
Strategy: Provide funding for targeted international travel grants for faculty to investigate ways to add an international dimension to their research and/or teaching that will further their work and benefit the College. Have grant recipients share what they learned at colloquia when they return.
Goal 2: Incorporate clear, specific goals for learning outcomes in all programs to help students examine diverse perspectives and values that extend beyond the borders of the United States.
Strategy: Have each program preparing education professionals establish goals, activities and assessments designed to help students become more globally aware and engaged.
Goal 3: Develop a multifaceted mechanism for disseminating information about international initiatives underway.
Strategy: Appoint a person within the College to serve as communication coordinator and liaison with the university efforts to improve communication and collaboration among colleges and programs.
updated 12-13-2010 by Ellen Usher