Mindful of the many great efforts at globalizing campus over the past five years, the working group began by reviewing several related past reports, including the Task Force on Internationalization report (September 2011), the Ad Hoc Committee on International Students (May 2011), the draft report of the Off-Campus Study Committee (August 2009), the report on language requirements at peer institutions prepared for the Core Curriculum Revision Committee (February 2008), and the International Studies Institute report (2006).
We met 12 times as a group from October to February. For the first month, we broke into three teams which met separately to consult with relevant members of the campus community and discuss clusters of related issues:
- Study abroad/service learning/internships
- Curriculum/foreign language/international research
- International students/faculty/alumni
Over the winter break, we drafted a report of our findings and recommendations, and revised each section of it during our group meetings during the spring. We distributed a draft of the report to the entire faculty and convened two faculty fora on March 5 and 7, 2013 to invite feedback.
Our final report was presented to the faculty Academic Affairs Board (March 20), at the April Faculty Meeting (April 1) and to the Board of Trustees (April 5). FULL REPORT (COLGATE E-MAIL LOGIN REQUIRED)
Original Charge to the Committee
Colgate has a long-standing and strong tradition of off-campus study groups
, and we are committed to broadening the international offerings available to our students through an expansion of Colgate-approved study-abroad programs. Campus initiatives, curricular, co-curricular, and research-based, have already made globalization a reality on campus; the challenge to this working group was to coordinate and to prioritize
- In what ways can language and culture study be encouraged, given current and future technologies?
- How can the new Colgate study-abroad options best be developed alongside study groups?
- How can international students be supported and their contributions enhanced?
- How could the curriculum more fruitfully allow for global/international studies?
This working group was asked to consider initiatives already underway and to look ahead to additional international and global initiatives that could help Colgate’s educational mission at a dynamic period of peril and opportunity for liberal arts institutions.