The Internationalization Task Force was convened by the Office of Global Engagement in the spring of 2008 and was formed based on discussions that took place at an International Programs Coordination Committee (IPCC) meeting. The stated goal of the Task Force's initial meeting was: To advance Clemson's internationalization efforts and to gain national recognition for them (e.g. measurable awards such as those from NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Institute for International Education).
During the initial meeting, five topics were identified for further examination and committees were formed to examine each topic. These committees and the areas of focus they were asked to consider were:
Each committee was charged with examining the current status of internationalization at Clemson and recommending how to expand and enhance current efforts with the goal of achieving national/international recognition for Clemson University. Committees were asked to make recommendations that recognized connections and encouraged collaboration across academic programs, administrative departments, student affairs offices, research, and outreach activities. See Appendix A for the original charge and background information.
The five committees conducted the bulk of their work during the fall 2008 semester. The committees consisted of a cross-section of members of the campus community (see Appendix B), and each sought input from a variety of constituencies as appropriate to the focus of its work. Pages 5 to 8 provide a summary of each committee's findings and recommendations. The committees' full reports are found in Appendices C to G.
Major themes and recommendations that emerged from the work of all five committees were:
The Task Force presents these findings and recommendations on internationalization as critical means to continue Clemson's steady and vital progress toward the university's 2011 Goals and top-20 public university status. For example, in the area of academics, research, and service, providing quality international experiences for our students fosters Clemson's academic reputation, and increasing the research and per capita publications of our faculty enhances both our national and global standing. In terms of campus life, increasing the number of international students, faculty, and staff on our campus increases our diversity and strengthens our sense of global community. Increasing the availability of international programming also serves to attract higher quality high school students. Based on the results of a recent poll by the American Council on Education (ACE), institutions that do not expand and encourage international experiences may find themselves at an increasing disadvantage in enrolling the current generation of students.
In 1999, an Ad Hoc Committee on International Priorities concluded that internationalization should be a major university priority. In the ensuing years, this conclusion has only gained importance and credence. Internationalization is critical to the success of our students, to the success of the university's vision to become a top-20 public university, to our mission to produce informed and productive citizens of South Carolina and of the world.
During the Campus Internationalization Task Force meeting, the following areas of focus were identified for further examination by working sub-committees:
Area of Focus
Chair: Clemens Schmitz-Justen
Clemson's appeal to international students; Clemson's strengths/weaknesses to recruit international students.
Chair: Kathy Woodard
On-campus programming for the international community; integration of international community.
Chair: John Sweeney
Integration of study abroad in the curriculum.
Chair: Randy Collins
Promotion of study abroad; study abroad as a requirement; coordination with other campus offices; exchange agreements.
Global Rankings Strategy
Chair: Bruce Rafert
Clemson's status in global rankings; criteria; standards