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Strategic Plan for Padnos International Center

Context For Planning

In March 2014, the Internationalization Task Force presented its recommendation report to Provost Davis. That document was a follow-up to the September 2013 Internationalization Inventory Report on the ways and extent to which GVSU is internationalized. Both documents can be found on the Task Force website: www.gvsu.edu/internationalization . A three-person external review team, sponsored by American Council on Education (ACE) visited GVSU in early April 2014 to provide feedback to GVSU on the reports and future plans for advancing internationalization. The recommendation report highlights two primary objectives. The recommendation reports executive summary reads: Grand Valley State University has embraced extensive internationalization in many ways. But there are two primary areas where GVSU must improve if we are to fully prepare students for success in global communities and workplaces. These areas are:
I. Global Learning for all Undergraduates. The first goal is to teach meaningful and measurable global learning to all undergraduate students. The best place for this to occur is in every undergraduate major program. We recommend that a Global GV initiative lead the academic units in each College towards meaningful and measurable global learning goals. See our website dedicated to this project at: www.gvsu.edu/global
II. Make GVSU a Global Learning Community. Global learning will occur if we build a more diverse and multi-cultural student life environment that connects classrooms with other campus spaces. More international students, more intentional engagement between people across campus, and more intentional, international and intercultural experiences by more students (and faculty and staff) are essential to a healthy Global Learning Community.

Our May 2015 Self-study identifies areas in which PIC can adjust to trends and student needs, moving forward. That document is a necessary contextualization for the new 2016-2021 Padnos Int'l. Center Strategic Plan

Mission

To engage the University community in meaningful international experiences which foster an appreciation and awareness of diverse people, cultures, and ideas.

Vision

The Padnos International Center is the catalyst for a globally engaged campus, and leads GVSU in its status as a nationally recognized model for global learning.

Value Statement

The Padnos International Center values....

High-Impact Global Learning

     " both within and beyond the curriculum

     " through study abroad experiences

     " through community engagementboth domestic and international

     " in internships and practicum placements

     " via intentional immersion in other cultures and language settings

     " by international students here in the GVSU community

Hospitality

     "for visitors to Grand Valley State University, especially those from overseas partners   and potential partners

     " for students, here under an exchange or for a degree

     " for students and others who come to our office and deserve a warm, welcoming, and    supportive environment

 Diversity & Inclusion

            " in the form of perspectives

            " in the form of persons and their representation

            " in types of employees and units involved in internationalization activities

            " in different cultures, languages, nations, religions, and regions

 Partnership

            " through reciprocity and mutual benefit

 " through sustainable practices

 " with faculty, staff, alumni, and units across GVSU

 " within the PIC staff

 " with international education organizations across West Michigan

 

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

GVSU students have an array of opportunities for multiple high-impact learning experiences abroad, including internship and practicum programs that are (ideally) affordable and integrate well with their degree programs. 50 or more participants in internship/practicum abroad experiences per year, by August 2018.

Baseline

35 for AY 2014-2015

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
The Padnos International Center expanded internship opportunities beginning in 2019 by partnering with Global Experiences (GE), a worldwide leader in providing international internships. GE offers internship placements in more countries and in more fields than we previously had access to, and in most cases, at less cost. In addition, PIC announced new resources for internships abroad beginning in 2020.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
We hit 41 internships with the 2017-18 academic year.

Objective 1.A.2

PIC activities and resources fully support the Global GV initiative to enhance global learning within all undergraduate majors, through curricular improvements by faculty/units, faculty/staff global learning, and major-based study abroad participation

Baseline

2015: 63% of majors have GL level 3 or higher

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
Academic units provide global learning opportunities on the GVSU campuses and abroad.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
The work on this goal is necessarily on the shoulders of faculty in academic units/colleges. It is NOT in their strategic plans, so it is not being done by them.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

The participation rate in study abroad by students of color parallels the percentage rate of students of color across the GVSU student population.

Baseline

13% of study abroad participants are non-white (2015); while 16% of total student UG population are students of color.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
18% of students who studied abroad in 2018-2019 were students of color.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
81% of the students doing study abroad in 2017-18 were white, which means 19% from "diverse" groups.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

There will be 8 faculty (Core) Fulbrights awarded to GVSU faculty over the four year period: 2017-2021. GVSU is regularly among the top Masters institutions in the USA, for numbers of faculty Fulbrights awarded, and occasionally at the top for its category. These faculty connect on Fulbright semesters or years, in a host institution outside the USA.

Baseline

1 Faculty Fulbright awarded for 2015-16 AY. O faculty Fulbrights awarded for 2016-17 AY

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Four Fulbright awards for 2019-2020

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
3 more faculty Fulbrights in 2018-19

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 4.C.1

PIC successfully integrates a Peace Corps campus recruiter into its staff and daily operation, and provides a valuable bridge between GVSU students/graduates, the Peace Corps, and communities around the world.

Baseline

Peace Corps campus recruiter began in June 2016.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
The Peace Corps reduced their recruiting staff nationwide in summer 2019, including the recruiter at GVSU, Sharon Espinosa.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
1st recruiter Carissa Patrone resigned in June 2018. We hired a new recruiter (Sharon Espinosa), who started in August 2018.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 4.E.1

PIC Actively connects with study abroad alumni and with alumni outside the USA. Secondary aim: solicit help from these entities in recruiting students (esp. international students by int'l. alumni) and fundraising for study abroad scholarships.

Baseline

No significant connection with alumni by PIC (2015)

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Alumni gathering was held in Amsterdam in May, 2019.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Well attended Chicago event in March 2018. Planning 6th annual event for 2 Nov. 2018 in Grand Rapids. European alumni gathering being planned for May 2019 in Amsterdam.

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