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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment

Goal 6 - International Programs

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Initiative Status Comments
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Goal 6
International Programs (added in 2006)
Objectives*
1.To review and assess existing programs and develop a plan that will effectivley address the academic and student life. Completed       See the taskforce report.
2. To make recommendations to incorporate international experiences and perspectives, into the curriculum. Completed       Twelve development and research grants (strategic funding) were funded for programs in 2006-2007. High-level talks with Shanghai University, KNUST University, Jadavpur University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNH), Delhi University, Nirma University (Ahmedabad).
3. To develop a recruitment and retention plan to bring international students to our campus and to retain these students. Completed       Hired Ludmi Herath as the full-time International Recruitment/Retention Specialist in Fall 2007. She conducted the online survey. Four focus groups were held in April 2008. Awarded in-state tuition status to all new incoming International students in the spring 2007.
4. To examine opportunities for international students to share their cultures and also for domestic students studying abroad to share their experiences with the university and community. Completed       MSU Exchanges & Partners -The International Programs Office currently facilitates twelve exchanges for MSU students in various disciplines. With the exception of the University of Stirling, students on these exchanges pay MSU tuition, which makes this choice for study abroad quite affordable. Inceased the amount of funds to the International Endowment Committee. The new capital campaign case statement focuses in part on International scholarships and is organized to develop more detailed plans such as study abroad scholarship and others.
5. To evaluate student support services for international students and recommend changes to improve and/or expand such services. Completed       Developed by Cita Maignes the "Friendship Family Program" concepts and structures. Presentations were giving at the international student orientations in Spring and Fall semesters. The number of programs participants has tripled (from 10~12 to 40) since she became the Friendship Family Program official coordinator. Developed by Julie Rabaey the International Student Orientation for all new International students every semester.
6. To provide an opportunity for input from the campus and Mankato community and to solicit ideas and comments from appropriate departments and unit representatives.   In-Progress     International Renewable Energy Technology Institute - IRETI (exchange of ideas and technologies in renewable energy and energy efficiency from Sweden into the United States) partnership includes University of Georgia, University of New York in ALbany and Swedish counterparts.
7. To develop a resource need analysis and funding plan for all recommendations. Completed       See the taskforce report.
8. To encourage international faculty to visit Minnesota State Mankato and University faculty to go abroad. Completed       In 2005 & 2006 visits were made to the following embassies in Washington, DC.: Ireland, Nepal, Amideast, Korea, Kuwait, Costa Rica, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Sweden. Other institutions visited in Washington DC.: IREX, College Board, CIES, State Department, Academy for Education Development, Rick Taylor and Bill Shine China. President Davenport joined the MN Governor's trip to China (Nov 11-21, 2005) and India (Oct 19-26, 2007).
9. To present a proposal to the President for campus consideration by the end of Fall 2005. Completed       See the taskforce report.
*Source: Strategic Plan, September 2005 (Objectives, pg. 25)