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Shepherd takes steps to globalize campus

ISSUED: 29 September 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd takes steps to globalize campus)

Shepherdstown, WV--Dr. Barbara Hill, senior associate for internationalization for the American Council on Education (ACE), based in Washington, D.C., met with members of the Shepherd University community to discuss the process and groundwork necessary to internationalize Shepherd's campus.

The initiative to internationalize the campus began with Dr. Suzanne Shipley, president of Shepherd University, and is being led by Dr. Mark Stern and committee leaders, including Dr. Ann Legreid, Dr. Linda Kinney, and Ann Henriksson.

Hill held an open meeting with members of the campus community and later with academic deans on Tuesday, September 14 in the West Virginia Room in the Scarborough Library.

ACE's international vision statement focuses on preparing students to be citizens of a multicultural community, both at home and in a globalized world, which is done through a multidimensional, comprehensive strategy that includes internationalization and engagement with global partners.

The Internationalization Laboratory is a 20-month process, during which learning communities develop a capacity, capability, and strategy for comprehensive internationalization, working to infuse an interculture dimension to all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service, and outreach.

The on-campus work of the laboratory includes an internationalization review to catalog and analyze what the institution is doing, articulation of student global learning goals to establish a method for understanding how the campus goals impact student learning, and the integration of these results to develop an internationalization plan.

The review allows the campus to take stock of current global initiatives; collect information for the internationalization plan; identify strengths, weaknesses, gaps, and possibilities for new strategies; and engage people across the institution in a discussion of internationalization.

Some of the topics discussed at the September 14 meeting were internationalizing curriculum, offering programs that are enticing to international students, and connecting the dotted lines between offices on campuses that are making connections globally.

"The outcome will be a new and different Shepherd," Hill said.

During the meeting, participants discussed the best ways to communicate with the campus. Ideas mentioned included social media, meeting with faculty at department meetings, and engaging students by attending pre-arranged meetings.

According to Stern, the full committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the review. Stern said he will be going over the same presentation with them that was given Tuesday and that it is important that all committee members understand the expectations with each step of the laboratory.

First meetings of the leadership team will center on establishing the state of international-related programs and classes at Shepherd, and what information is needed in order to develop a prioritized strategic plan for internationalization at Shepherd, according to Stern. Stern said that the team will be developing a survey will be sent out to each department.

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