Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Internationalization Jan 25 discussion group summary

John Fox facilitated our first face-to-face discussion on the theme of Internationalization yesterday at New West and provides this summary. Please read feel free to comment.

If you missed this event, there will be another opportunity to discuss Internationalization on Monday, February 8, 4:15-6pm, at David Lam. RSVP online. --Scott

Internationalization discussion group summary - John Fox, Instructor in Child, Family and Community Studies

Goal: to Internationalize Douglas College

Douglas Initiatives

The College should:

• Define “Internationalization”

• Enhance employee (staff, faculty & administration) sensitivity to our international/global world

• Develop specific credentials that will encourage and recognize student international education and experience including language training and intercultural communication opportunities

• Ensure internationalization opportunities are available to all students and faculty

• Structurally encourage international students to continue and, where appropriate, complete their international studies at Douglas

Next Steps

To support and encourage the on-going Internationalization of Douglas College, the College should:

• Encourage each program to identify current internationalization initiatives and develop specific measurable targets for the next three years

• Review and develop a more flexible acceptance of credential transfer and pre-requisite waiver for programs designated as contributing to student internationalization

• Develop unique funding opportunities to ensure equal access to internal and external international opportunities

• Develop specific standardized protocols, including marketing , for annual field school programs

• Utilize current international contacts to develop and enhance student/faculty opportunities to travel, work and study internationally

• Ensure faculty who have been supported to travel internationally provide specific feedback (reports) and broader college information sharing

• Review and maximize student transfer credit for internationalization work

• Develop an associate degree or other recognized transferable credential in International Studies to encourage and support students and faculty with specific interest in global issues

• Review and incorporate Co-Op study options in the development of international program focus areas at Douglas College

• Consider national (within Canada) opportunities to enhance inter-cultural study

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What do you think? We welcome your comments on the Internationalization discussion.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks, John, for your summary and for facilitating a very interesting discussion.

    I would like to note that the College actually has an AA in International and Intercultural Studies, though it has not so far attracted a lot of students. I think that in our discussion the other day we were envisioning something more like a flexible certificate that could be gained while pursuing another credential: this could be satisfied with a "study abroad" experience like a field school; or a package of courses such as language, history, and intercultural communications; or some combination of the two. But most of us there felt, I think, that the main goal of such an initiative would be to have our students GO AWAY (temporarily) and gain actual, not just theoretical, international experience.

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  2. As the college moves forward with its strategic planning with Internationalization being part of that process I think it would be important to recognize that if our students are to make the changes necessary for a more harmonious world then faculty have to be able to deliver the curriculum and the College the programs that facilitate that learning. I do not feel generally that we are well prepared at this point for this task. As a result I would encourage significant, measurable outcomes from the current planning process that will allow faculty to instruct and students to learn in order to ‘internationalize' our society. Significant change will be multi-generational. Better to start now.

    John Fox

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  3. I think that in our discussion the other day we were envisioning something more like a flexible certificate that could be gained while pursuing another credential: this could be satisfied with a "study abroad" experience like a field school; or a package of courses such as language, history, and intercultural communications; or some combination of the two.

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