AUCIP ANNUAL REPORT
As of May 31, 2016
I. Executive Summary
The All-University Committee on International Programs (AUCIP) is an Academic Senate committee whose membership is drawn from all colleges and various administrative units of San Francisco State University (SF State). Members of the 2015-2016 were: Ali Borjian, (Elementary Education, GCOE); Ed Carrigan (AVP, Enrollment Management); Mehmet Ergul (Hospitality Management, Senate representative); Juanita Darling (International Relations, CLCA, At-Large Representative), Therese Doan (Nursing, Statewide Representative); Anne Koch (Management, COB and chair); Pavlína Látková (Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, HSS); Kathleen McAfee (International Relations, CLCA);Wenshen Pong (Engineering, COSE); Johnetta Richards (Africana Studies, ES); Hildy Heath (Director, Office of International Programs), ex officio.
*Note: The chair of AUCIP identified and selected a student representative from IEEC to serve on the committee. Catherine Pohle attended some of the meetings of AUCIP.
During the 2015-16 academic year, the AUCIP worked on a variety of activities in furtherance of the international programs of San Francisco State University. These activities included: (1) reviewing and approving proposals for exchange programs and other cooperative agreements; (2) supporting the work and programs of the Office of International Programs (OIP); (3) planed the promotion of global sustainable issues on campus through cooperation with an international organization; (4) increasing the number of outgoing international students; (5) planning to increase the number of incoming international students; and (6) discussing Faculty Development Grants and Curriculum Internationalization Grants.
Subcommittees designed to deal specifically with these tasks did not convene during the academic year; the full committee addressed them.
II. Charge to the Committee
The All-University Committee on International Programs is charged to perform the following functions:
- Advise the Director of International Programs
- Formulate curricular and policy recommendations to be forwarded to the Academic Senate through its standing committees and to other all-university committees such as the Graduate Council, the General Education Council or the Interdisciplinary Council as appropriate.
- Represent the faculty on matters concerning international programs.
- Elicit support from the faculty and administration for international programs.
- Facilitate coordination of inter-college and all-university projects that enhance the University’s international programs.
- Develop plans for new international education projects, in cooperation with departments, schools or colleges.
Collect, compile and transmit information about the University’s international programs:
- Receive reports from the units that operate international programs about the activities of these programs.
- Collect and compile whatever additional information about the operation of the University’s international programs the Committee deems necessary to fulfill its charge.
- Inform the campus community about opportunities provided by international programs.
- Bring any problems or concerns regarding the operation of international programs to the attention of whichever university offices or committees have responsibility for resolving such problems or concerns.
- Report annually to the Academic Senate.
III. Activities of the Year
- Exchange Programs and Other Cooperative Agreements.
The AUCIP recommended for approval the following proposals for bilateral exchange with SF State:
- General MOU, University of Verona, Institutional Partnership for Research Collaboration
- Proposal for a Student Exchange with Oslo & Akershus University of Applied Sciences
- Bilateral exchange program with Auckland University of Technology
- Bilateral exchange program between SF State and Erasmus University Rotterdam
- General MOU with Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research, and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE), Mumbai, India
- Proposal for a student exchange, ECE Paris, France
- Exchange proposal with Southern Cross University, Australia
- Exchange proposal with Ambedkar University, India
- Exchange proposal with RMIT University, Australia and Vietnam
- General MOU with Fukushima University, Japan
The committee notes that the number of new MOUs and exchange proposals has considerably increased in amount, namely by 150 %, since last year.
Further, AUCIP recommended to further proceed with two articulation agreements with educational institutions in Malaysia:
- Articulation Agreement with Methodist College of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Articulation Agreement with Sunway University, Malaysia
The committee notes that there is currently no requirement in place for exchange proposals to require students to have coursework completed that provides them with neither a specific understanding of the country (its history, culture, etc.) nor international problems prior to participating in an international exchange program.
- Support the Work and Programs of the Office of International Programs.
The OIP has defined five (5) major areas of responsibility: (1) Serve as a clearinghouse of information on international education; (2) assist in the international development of faculty and curriculum; (3) serve students, both international students and study abroad students; (4) work with the community, including local, state and federal agencies and international organizations; and, (5) advice on and support international protocol, oversee campus protocol for international visitors and assist faculty and staff in preparing for international visitors.
The AUCIP supported various OIP activities (highlighted below) that relate to the third area of responsibility.
- International Education Week. SF State’s International Education Week is one of the largest in the country. The 2015 annual International Educational Week (IEW), held November 16-20, was very successful. There were several events, including Diplomats Day, cultural food fairs, a student reception, film screeners, and other events. There was an effort on behalf of OIP to get more faculty involved, and to put together events that took place during the evenings to encourage participation of students from colleges that offer evening courses.
- International Exchange. Several Study Abroad Fairs publicizing opportunities to participate in international exchange programs were held throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. The AUCIP has played an active role in preparing students for study abroad by promoting these programs in classes, teaching prerequisite classes, writing recommendation letters, and mentoring students. AUCIP members volunteered to assist with interviewing student applicants to the CSU International Programs, participated in the fall and Spring Certification Ceremonies, and helped with the Study Abroad orientations.
- Planed the Promotion of Global Sustainable Issues on Campus through Cooperation with an International Organization.
In several AUCIP committee meetings the members of the committee discussed possible ways of cooperating with international organizations. As a result, the committee found consensus to make a contribution with respect to promoting and addressing sustainable global problems. It was first intended to implement a different focus and topic theme for the International Education Week, as a result of a consultation and cooperation with the Office of International Programs, However, according to OIP, the efforts were undertaken too late to realize and market them fully in the academic year 2015-2016. However, OIP and AUCIP concluded that such a change in focus and topic could possibly be implemented in another year.
Nonetheless, the committee continued to explore the feasibility for work on cooperating with international organizations in the International Education Week. In particular, the initiative included organizing a special event for the special week on campus that helped to promote and address solutions to the pressing global sustainable issue of climate change. With a focused event offered by AUCIP in the International Education Week the committee decided to contribute in this area in the Fall semester of 2015. The work and contribution in this area included the cooperation with Climate Interactive which is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington DC. The outcome was a world climate game and negotiations simulation offered for everybody who wanted to participate on campus.
The topic fit timely very well since the real negotiations took place in Paris with 196 nations in December 2015 right after the International Education Week. Several faculty members of the committee and students on campus participated in the event. The intent is to make a cooperation with that global organization an ongoing contribution to campus and community.
- Increase the Number of Outgoing International Students.
With the goal of increasing the number of outgoing international students the chair of the AUCIP committee organized, lead, offered, and marketed two Study Abroad Events for the College of Business throughout the year. The panel discussions for the College of Business promoted information on the 47 different programs that are offered for studying business abroad by San Francisco State University. The events are helping to fill unfilled capacities of the many open slots for programs in the College of Business for studying abroad which amount up to 150 open slots.
Students who have been abroad shared their experiences with peers. The events encouraged students to apply for study abroad and attempted to take away their doubts and barriers to gain international study experience. The students heard about benefits and challenges of applying for international programs and reintegration after study abroad from other peers, faculty, and from a representative from the Office of International Programs. The event included for instance information on language classes, application procedures for study abroad, and learning opportunities from and at businesses in different countries when signing up for study abroad.
5. Planning to Increase the Number of Incoming International Students.
In Spring 2016 the Associate Vice President of the Division of International Education, Dr. Yenbo Wu, informed AUCIP that it is the first time that SF State is focusing on increasing the number of international students attending our institution, at least since a very long time. A task force for strategic enrollment focuses on this goal.
The plan is to increase international student enrollment eventually to 10% of the
SF Sate student population. In the next academic year AUCIP is asked to participate actively to reach the goal of increasing number of incoming international students.
It is a campus-wide effort that includes specific goals for each college. The next steps are to work with College Deans to strategize efforts to increase international students’ enrollment. Everybody on campus is asked to contribute wherever possible.
Providing scholarships and appropriate housing are important goals for these efforts. Recruitment efforts are needed in Europe, America, Asia, and Africa should be a focus of efforts as well. SF State will start with South Africa. In South America Mexico and Brazil are main target countries.
6. Discussion of Faculty Development Grants and Curriculum Internationalization Grants.
The chair of the committee reached out for funding to revive the faculty grants. Results of previous grants are publicized on the webpage. Since it was difficult to ensure funding in times of limited financial resources the committee decided to not further explore funding opportunities for faculty grants.
According to OIP the funding will also not be helpful to help subsidize student costs. Instead, it was rather a source to financially support faculty as they develop new international curriculum for existing classes which have no internationalization component yet. The other purpose of the faculty grants was to continue to sponsor short-term international exchange. This information on the purpose of faculty grants may be helpful when better times for state funding will come.
IV. Summary of goals for the 2016-2017 year:
- Continue to promote International Exchange opportunities.
- Continue to monitor (and when possible) address the concerns of faculty attempting to develop, sponsor, or continue international exchange programs.
- Increase the number of incoming international students and thinking about strategies to better accommodate a growing number of international students; especially, F-1 students looking for a degree.
- Continue to Increase the number of outgoing international students.
- Promote the awareness of international sustainable issues on campus while also cooperating with international organizations.
Continue to participate in International Education Week 2016.
- Continue to pursue ways that students can participate in international exchange without fear of becoming ineligible for financial aid due to an excess of credit units. This includes supporting the education of students on international exchange during their early tenure at SF State, and working with the Office of Financial Aid to protect students’ eligibility.
Continue to invite a student representative from IEEC to serve on the committee.
San Francisco State University
ALL-UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS-work with OIP in setting deadlines for this year’s Faculty Development Grants; develop new criteria, if needed, for the Curriculum Internationalization Grants; consider ways to publicize results of previous grants; consider ways to promote grant applications.
CURRICULUM INTERNATIONALIZATION-Work with OIP on various initiatives to internationalize the curriculum throughout the SFSU campus, including promoting international tracks in as many majors as possible, provide leadership in each college to advise international students and students studying abroad and to assist in internationalizing the curriculum, and work with CET to provide assistance to faculty wishing to internationalize existing courses or create new courses with international content.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS-three areas of concern are enrollment, retention and the international student experience; for the next meeting the subcommittee could investigate what application and enrollment deadlines and requirements adversely affect international student application and enrollment; other matters to consider are how we can develop an understanding of international student retention.
NEW PARTNERSHIP REVIEW-review all current new program proposals; advise the full committee as to whether to approve such proposals. The committee also reviews existing guidelines and develops new guidelines pertaining to new partnership proposals.
SHORT TERM PROGRAMS AND FUNDING ISSUES-advise the committee as to factors contributing to the recent increase in short-term programs; advise the committee on student and faculty financial issues affecting short-term programs.
 As already during the previous academic years since 2013-2014, these subcommittees did not convene during the 2015-2016 academic year. The lack of funding for grants, the lack of administrators on the committee, and the current size of the committee, rendered these subcommittees unnecessary. It is expected that these subcommittees will reconvene in the future when necessary.