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.
In addition to its specific responsibilities listed in the International Education Council’s role statement and the work of subcommittees if such exist, the Faculty Senate Executive Board charges the IEC to consider, as a committee of the whole or through the appropriate subcommittee or task force, the following issues:
- Review the scope and description of the council’s role statement and assess the effectiveness of the council’s practices. Address any continuing or outstanding issues or initiatives as directed by the Faculty Senate Executive Board.
- Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in the development of the Global Engagement Pathway in the WMU Signature Program.
- Explore mechanisms that may encourage faculty to develop and/or participate in bringing global perspectives to their own areas of teaching and promote internationalization of the curriculum. Explore new programs to reach faculty members. Include diversity and inclusion when relevant to these initiatives.
- Examine and evaluate best practices for ensuring that international students at Western Michigan University are made to feel welcome and directly connect with U.S. based students in real and meaningful ways.
- Continue exploration of ways to promote and assist international research.
- 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.
- Develop best practices for advancing shared classroom instruction and collaborative projects between multiple University site including Western Michigan University. Work with AITC to develop Skype and Videoconferencing options.
- Examine the Registrar’s procedures concerning retroactively recognizing study abroad participants’ membership on the Dean’s list.
Approved by the Faculty Senate Executive Board on Aug. 10, 2018
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. Countil 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 DRAFT MOA template.
The IEC chairperson shall provide a written summary of the council’s progress for the year; list the above charges noting each item’s progress and current status; any other activities undertaken; and draft charges for the 2019-20 academic year, no later than June 30, 2019.