A. Internalization Generally
Internationalization is the incorporation of international content, materials, activities, and understanding into teaching, research, and public service functions of universities to enhance their relevance in an interdependent world. The major elements of the strategy being used to internationalize our university are:
- Defining international goals/objectives.
- Determining specific actions/activities relating to goals/objectives.
- Identifying individuals/units which have lead responsibilities for implementing activities.
- Formulating a strategy for the implementation of activities.
B. Internationalization Policy
The current emphasis is seeking a balance between the concepts of cooperation and competition. This new emphasis places a major responsibility on the U.S. universities for providing relevant educational experiences for their students so that they are equipped to compete, become gainfully employed, and participate effectively as citizens in the new and emerging world environment. The principal purpose of university’s internationalization strategy is to systematically and incrementally change the institution to better serve current and future needs of the institution’s clientele.
C. Assignment of Faculty to International Programs
The nature and requirements of the international assignment will be carefully reviewed and understood by university administrators and the faculty member before beginning the assignment. Accomplishments during assignment to international projects will be given consideration in evaluating annual performance, merit increases, promotion, and advancement to continuous contract. In future evaluations, consideration may be given to how knowledge and insight gained during an international assignment are integrated into the faculty member’s teaching, research, and outreach responsibilities after returning from this assignment. (See Also ARP 6.64 – Faculty Exchange; and ARP 14.69 – University Related Travel