Support of International Experiences and Global Perspectives
in CSU Education

AS-2818-08/FA (Rev)

RESOLVED: That Academic Senate California State University (ASCSU) affirm its commitment to providing international perspectives to its students through a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities including cross-cultural experiences, programs, and courses; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU endorse a strong focus on global understanding and cultural competencies, and that  ASCSU recognize that international education and experiences increase our students’ competitiveness in the global marketplace; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU urge the Chancellor and the Access to Excellence Steering Committee to include appropriate language in the new strategic plan that promotes international perspectives and/or experiences for all CSU students; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage CSU campuses to include, when appropriate, language in their mission statements, learning objectives and campus strategic planning that promotes international perspectives in CSU’s educational programs; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage the CSU faculty to integrate language learning and other components of international education in curricula, when appropriate; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage faculty to review Retention, Tenure and Promotion policies to ensure, where discipline appropriate, that faculty’s international experience and accomplishments are recognized and valued in the areas of research and scholarly activity, curricular planning, service, and professional development; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU encourage the Chancellor’s Office and campus administrative leaders to allocate necessary resources for efforts such as curricular review and reform, international exchange, global partnerships, and support systems for international students and faculty.

RATIONALE:  Most disciplines encourage their students to take on views that extend beyond their own cultural boundaries.  These views have been called either international or global.  For ease of exposition in this document these terms have been used interchangeably.

International perspectives and experiences in education enhance the value and quality of the baccalaureate and graduate programs and enable the CSU to educate people who are better prepared professionally and personally for work and life in a globalized society.  International research opportunities and exchange programs offer faculty members opportunities to pursue their interests on a broader stage and to enhance the reputation of the CSU nationally and internationally. In today’s world, individuals, businesses and organizations must collaborate and compete not only locally, but globally.  As a public university serving the people of California, the CSU must think and act strategically in response to the challenges posed by the international mobility of knowledge, labor, technology, and capital. As the CSU plans for a new and more diverse generation of students, the CSU must prepare those for a new world of work – one that is cross-cultural and globally interdependent.

Both the system and the individual campuses have roles to play in enhancing international awareness and experience.  While recognizing the primary role that campuses play in international education, working together collaboratively can bring benefits to the campus as well as the whole.  In general, the system can play an important role funding, facilitating, information gathering, and collaboration, while the campuses carry out international activities, develop programs, provide services and encourage research.

Approved Unanimously March 6-7, 2008

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