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* Shoreline strengthens campus internationalization

For the past two years, Shoreline Community President Lee Lambert has spoken of the importance of campus internationalization.

CILT

The Campus Internationalization Leadership team includes:

· Co-Chairs

o Bob Francis, Social Sciences Dean

o Larry Fuell, Global Affairs Director

· Members

o Charles Dodd, Geography

o Mark Hankins, Automotive

o Mimi Harvey, Communications

o Mari Kosin, International Education

· Ex-officio

o Davis Oldham, English

o Diana Sampson, International Education

CILT also conferred with a number of on- and off-campus contributors. Off-campus contributors include:

· Puget Sound Auto Dealers

· Bob Reinhart

· Pemco Insurance

· Fluke Corp.

· Ricardo Leyva-Puebla

 Now, the college is making changes to reflect that priority.

“The lives of our students are increasingly impacted by what goes on around the world,” Lambert said. “We must help our students better understand that world and give them skills that allow them to successfully compete in that world.”

The college already has a number of successful programs focused on bringing global understanding and skills to students, including:

  • The Global Affairs Center, which brings experts on a variety of international issues to campus for students and the public to hear and question. The Center has hosted the founder of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, the senior director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft and numerous others in 26 programs over the past four years.
  • The Study Abroad Program, one of the oldest and largest in the state, which provides study opportunities for students go to other countries for short- and long-term study opportunities. The program has sponsored programs in South Africa, Bolivia and host of other countries. Upcoming destinations include London, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Costa Rica and Jamaica.
  • International Education (recently renamed from International Programs) which brings students from other countries to Shoreline to study. Most of the approximately 600 students from 34 countries that come to Shoreline each year complete a two-year degree and then transfer to a U.S. four-year university. Increasing the number of international students and broadening the number of countries is one the Shoreline’s strategic initiatives.

The college is taking two important and visible next-steps toward campus internationalization and increasing global awareness for students.

The first step is to combine the present internationalization efforts under the banner of International Education. “I’m excited to bring these fine programs and wonderfully dedicated people together” said John Backes, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

With this step, Global Affairs Center Director Larry Fuell takes on the new title of Director of Global Affairs. Fuell will retain responsibilities for the Center and add the Study Abroad Program, which will continue to have Pollie McCloskey as Assistant Director. Fuell, who will also work on short-term projects, reports to International Education Executive Director Diana Sampson.

The second step will come in the form of a report by a task force that included on- and off-campus constituencies looking at campus internationalization and how the college should move forward.

A draft of the group’s report says the aim of campus internationalization is “to create a campus environment where comprehensive learning cultivates global competence and encourages world engagement by students, faculty, staff, and community.”

In another section, the draft report says:  “We owe this … to the people in our local community and to the citizens of Washington State who support us financially.  Interdependence and globalization affect not just students or people at the start of their careers, but all members of our community … To do this requires that we engage meaningfully with the global forces that are transforming that community.”

According to the draft, “Campus internationalization can be seen as resting on four pillars:

  • Internationalizing the curriculum
  • Creating opportunities for meaningful interaction between domestic and international students.
  • Enhancing the global competence of college employees.
  • Engaging the community on international issues. ”

A key area of the draft report revolves around how campus internationalization and the college’s existing efforts on multiculturalism can work together.

The draft says: “The ability to see one’s own identity and value system, appreciate other value systems, and develop strategies for navigating complex and often conflicting goals, creating opportunities rather than engaging in conflict, are all necessary skills for success in both a domestic context and an international context … In this way critical multiculturalism and internationalization can be seen as complementary.

“The, skills, and abilities each perspective encourages are relevant to navigating an increasingly complex social, political and economic landscape.”

A final version of the report is due to be submitted this week to the Senior Executive Team. “I’m looking forward to seeing the final report,” Vice President Backes said. “These efforts can have significant positive impacts on our students and that’s where our focus needs to be.”

Jim Hills/SCC

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