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Update on Internationalization Task Force's Work

Working with the support of the American Council on Education and at the request of UNCG Provost Dave Perrin, in September 2010 UNCG launched a sixteen-month faculty-led Internationalization Task Force (ITF) to assess current internationalization efforts and, guided by the Strategic Plan, develop strategies for further internationalization of UNCG. ITF faculty members come from the College and all professional schools on campus.

To introduce this effort and elicit faculty feedback, ITF two-person faculty teams have been visiting departmental meetings across the University over the Spring Semester. To date, over 30 academic departments representing all Schools and the College of Arts and Sciences have been visited. Hundreds of faculty members have taken part in these discussions and have completed surveys inventorying faculty expertise. Two focus groups will take place in late-March where key faculty stakeholders engaged in curriculum and student outcomes efforts will be engaged in determining how the University can better articulate and ultimately integrate internationalization into the teaching, research, service and creative endeavors of UNCG.

Toward the end of Spring Semester and over the summer months, ITF members will undertake data analysis of information collected to-date (visits, focus groups, surveys) with a goal of establishing an institutional ‘baseline’ on internationalization. In the Fall Semester, ITF members will be looking at how we can build on this work. A particular goal is to establish some type of transparent and accessible ‘annual data collection and communication system’ which could better harness and leverage the wide and deep expertise of our faculty, staff and students. In this work it is anticipated that ITF will ‘join forces’ with parallel efforts taking place on campus that also connect with UNCG’s Strategic Plan (eg. economic, cultural and community engagement; education and leadership development; sustainability, etc.).

For further information about the Internationalization Task Force, please contact: Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs at: pjpynes@uncg.edu.

Previous editions:
- Vol 10, ed 5: February 2011
- Vol 10, ed 4: December 2010
- Vol 10, ed 3: November 2010
- Vol 10, ed 2: October 2010
- Vol 10, ed 1: September 2010
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