Task Force Committee Reports
"Comprehensive internationalization is a commitment, confirmed through action, to infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout the teaching, research, and service missions of higher education. It shapes institutional ethos and values and touches the entire higher education enterprise."John K. Hudzik, Ph.D., Professor and Former Vice-President of Global Engagement, Michigan State University
After 6 months of initial investigation, the Task force for Comprehensive Internationalization issued a preliminary report on its findings. This report explores the ways in which Virginia Commonwealth University can embark upon a plan of comprehensive internationalization. It examines current structures and proposes additional steps the university can take to impact the learning experience of every student in preparation for an increasingly globalized world.
Through its research, the task force subcommittees identified several areas in which VCU must devote effort and resources to move forward in its efforts to
internationalize the campus:
- Clarify and strengthen faculty incentives and rewards for engaging in activities that help internationalize the university
- Capture and highlight international activities and efforts
- Create a campus culture that supports international students and enhances intercultural experiences for faculty, students and staff
- Focus Strategic Partnerships
After 2 years of investigation and research, the task force delivered a final report highlighting the specific goals, strategies, and initiatives necessary to further institutionalize campus internationalization.
The task force identified five primary goals for comprehensive internationalization, to which the task force recommends VCU devote significant thought, effort and resources.
- Grow university structures supporting international work
- Enhance intercultural experiences for all members of the community
- Clarify and strengthen faculty incentives for engaging in activities that further internationalize the university
- Better capture and highlight these international activities and efforts
- Improve international partnership processes and policies to respond more fully to the priorities of academic units
If implemented, these recommendations will allow VCU to graduate culturally competent students, increase the university’s global presence, and enhance the cohesiveness of research, teaching, and service activities strengthening the well-being of our local and global communities.Back to top