Internationalization Strategic Action Plan
Our engagement with the international community is critical to the future of our students, our university, and our state. The inclusion of internationalization as a “common element” underlying the vision and goals for K-State 2025 recognizes that importance. The campus-wide K-State 2025 Internationalization Planning Committee was charged during the Spring Semester 2012 to recommend a strategic action plan for internationalization. Using a facilitated process and 2025 strategic action plan template, the committee produced a broad, directional action plan with an overall goal; assumptions; outcomes for the next five, ten, and fifteen years; and suggested activities aligned with the university visionary plan.
The plan includes three areas of activity, and provides recommended outcomes for the short-term, intermediate and long-term.
- Encourage and increase student opportunities for learning abroad.
a) Promote and expand opportunities for study abroad (short-term and long-term), service learning, and internship exchange.
b) Create a least one summer international internship in every college.
c) Improve quality of exchange agreements.
d) Develop “anchor” faculty-led programs.
Short-term outcomes (1-5 years): 50% of undergraduate students have a meaningful international experience, (e.g., study abroad, service learning, short-term courses, international competitions, etc.); 15% of undergraduate students participated in a study abroad program
Intermediate Outcomes (6-10 years): 80% of undergraduate students have a meaningful international experience; 20% of undergraduate students participated in a study abroad program
Long-term Outcomes (11-15 years): 100% of undergraduate students have a meaningful international experience; 25% of undergraduate students participated in a study abroad program
- Encourage cross-cultural interaction between and among international and domestic
students; for example, joint activities between international student associations
and domestic student groups such as sororities, fraternities, and multicultural or
other student groups.
- Infuse a global focus throughout the curriculum and pedagogy.
a) Require all students to have a class or experience that encourages an understanding of global perspectives as part of graduation requirements and assess it on a departmental level.
b) Encourage colleges/departments to develop an international overlay to their degree programs and note successful completion on transcripts.
c) Develop and standardize international degree add-ons (minors, certificates, 2nd majors) through inter-departmental collaboration (½ of the credit hours coming from the college and ½ from an international institution).
Short-term outcomes (1-5 years): World culture/study abroad integrated into curriculum for 20+ undergraduate degrees
Intermediate Outcomes (6-10 years): World culture/study abroad integrated into curriculum for a majority of undergraduate degrees