Students enjoy each other's company in the Student Commons.

Global Outreach

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

Preliminary Report
June 2012

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.

Task Force Preliminary Report

Interim Report
August 2013

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

Task Force Committees Interim Report

Final report
May 2014

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.

Recommendations include:

  • 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.

Task Force Final Report

Back to top