ITF Goals and Accomplishments
Goal: The internationalization of Park University
- Began conversations on Internationalization university-wide during the
2005-2006 academic year. Conversations with faculty in Washington and Austin
about internationalization were held last fall. Those conversations are continuing
at the department level in Parkville this spring.
- In May, 2005, Park University conducted two surveys of faculty about their
internationalization. Please select the link to review results.
- Wrote international literacies, which will help guide the process of integrating
international elements into the new general education curriculum. A statement
on the Park University Global Graduate, as well as international learning
outcomes, have also been articulated. The ITF chairman has spoken with the
chairs of the general education task force on many occasions in hopes of setting
up a meeting.
- Hosted a visit from ACE (American Council on Education) in October. Their
recommendations are guiding our activities this academic year (2005-2006).
- The ITF is working to provide internationally-themed professional development
activities. A pilot grant program, which will encourage faculty to internationalize
their existing courses, has been approved by the ITF, and is being submitted
to the provost for his approval. If approved, the grant program could begin
in the fall.
- The ITF has approved a statement that we recommend to be included as part
of the program review process: Each department will be asked to assess its
efforts and activities in the area of internationalization and on that basis
indicate how the Task Force can assist departments in meeting college/school
and University internationalization goals.
- The ITF is also planning professional development activities (perhaps a
workshop) to inform faculty about internationalization. These plans will be
discussed with the faculty senate on April 26.
- ACE recommended that Park and the ITF make strategic choices, and connect
the dots. Toward this end, ITF members have been given information about
Parks various international activities, and discussions have begun about
the best way to accomplish this.
- The ITF website is located at: ww.park.edu/itf/
- The ITF served as a forum to disseminate information about internationalization,
to share experiences and successes, and to provide mutual support for those
interested in pursuing and encouraging internationalization.