International Education Council

Role statement

The International Education Council serves in an advisory capacity to initiate, review, and recommend policies dealing with the international aspects of the University’s mission and goals. The council serves to advocate the continued internationalization of the University and to maintain review of the University’s various administrative arrangements, policies and procedures for the conduct of international programs and activities.

The council’s oversight includes internationalization activities on campus including, but not limited to, internationalization of the curriculum and enrichment of the international development and experience of faculty, staff and students, as well as the University’s presence in other countries and territories.

Charges 2021-22

In addition to its specific responsibilities listed in the International Education Council’s role statement and the work of its standing committees if such exist, the Faculty Senate Executive Board charges the IEC to consider, as a committee of the whole or through the appropriate committees or task forces, the following:

  1. Participate in collaboration with the Haenicke Institute for Global Education in the ACE Internationalization Lab 2.0.
  2. Provide guidance on inclusion of global engagement in WMU's updated strategic plan.
  3. Increase contact and coordination with college-level international committees.
  4. Develop and recommend mechanisms that will encourage faculty to develop and/or participate in bringing global perspectives to their own areas of teaching and promote internationalization of the curriculum; and promote and assist international research.
  5. Promote greater internationalization of the curriculum and faculty research through professional development events on campus; faculty learning communities; and greater collaboration with the provost's office and the Office of Research and Innovation.
  6. Collaborate with the Graduate Studies Council and the Undergraduate Studies Council to provide recommendations on how to best support faculty in the area of global learning (e.g. global classrooms, virtual study abroad, internationalized curriculum). Conclude the initiative by producing a report to the Executive Board or a Memorandum of Action.
  7. Develop best practices for curriculum enriching and integrated study abroad programs, including creating recommendations for college curriculum committees on how to assess study abroad course proposals. Conclude the initiative by producing a report to the Executive Board or a Memorandum of Action.
  8. Develop and recommend best practices for ensuring that international students at WMU are made to feel welcome and directly connect with U.S. based students in real and meaningful ways. Conclude the initiative by producing a report to the Executive Board or a Memorandum of Action.
  9. Encourage utilization of external campus resources and innovation programs (IIE Scholar in Residence Program, IIE Scholar Rescue Fund, reciprocal faculty exchanges with international partners) to increase the number of international scholars on WMU's campus.
  10. Review the scope and description of the council’s role statement and assess the effectiveness of the council’s practices.
  11. At the annual April IEC meeting, the council members must review the draft year-end report, to be submitted to the Faculty Senate office, by the council chair no later than June 30.
  12. Address any continuing or outstanding issues or initiatives as directed by the Faculty Senate Executive Board, members of the council, faculty, and/or academic administrators. Conclude the initiative by producing a report to the Executive Board or a Memorandum of Action.

Approved by the Faculty Senate Executive Board on Aug. 27, 2021

NOTE: The IEC will seek information from the Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE) to maintain communications with that office on issues directly related to it. Council recommendations are to be submitted to the Executive Board in the form of a memorandum of action (MOA) on which the recommendation(s) is/are stated. Any draft MOAs requested by the Executive Board should be submitted using the MOA template.

The IEC chairperson shall provide a written report of the council’s accomplishments and progress for the year; list the above charges noting each items progress and current status; any other activities undertaken; and draft charges for the 2022-23 academic year, no later than June 30, 2022.

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