A group of International students pose in front of the Maxwell school

INTERNATIONALIZATION: Enter the Campus, Engage with the World


Trajectory To Excellence (Working Group #3)

Syracuse University, grounded by a tradition of international scholarship and engagement, dedicates itself to fostering and sustaining an international community of scholars that values and supports all students and prepares them to thrive in a globally connected world. We do that not only by advancing global study, research, and internship opportunities—a signature of the Syracuse academic experience—but also by developing and expanding institutional structures, programming, and opportunities in such a way that students engage with the world from the moment they arrive on campus.

We will make internationalization a key strategic priority for the University, recognizing that students and their families value global study and cross-cultural experiences as distinguishing features of an outstanding education, and that employers seek students with the skills to innovate within and navigate through the economic, cultural, and political systems of the world.


We will achieve this by:

Create a University Internationalization team (or council) to further these objectives in consultation with the American Council on Education Internationalization Lab, which SU has been invited to join as part of its 13th cohort (from August 2015-February 2017)

• Identify strategies to improve the curricular and support services for international students in order to improve their experience at SU and integrate them better into the life of the campus

• Establish global learning core competencies in collaboration with Working Group #1 (and to fulfill Middle States requirements)

Infuse global perspectives and content into a greater number of courses

• Design incentives and support for faculty to develop and adapt these courses (with greater global perspective and content)

• Increase the percentage of SU students who study/research/intern abroad from 48% to 58% (figures based on Open Doors)

• Integrate study/research/intern abroad into the campus curricula and students’ major fields of study

• Create study/research/intern abroad opportunities for graduate students

• Identify select regional areas of study for strategic investment and greater research opportunities (and better global ranking)

Common Charge

This Working Group will produce strategies to implement the objectives listed above from the Academic Strategic Plan. These strategies will emerge by refining the recommendations made by the working groups in the Discovery phase and cultivating the extensive information that was gathered throughout that process.

The group will:

Review the list of proposed strategies from the Discovery reports and agree on a prioritization of objectives to pursue

Determine specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound strategies to implement each objective

Establish a Key Performance Indicator(s), timeline and estimate of implementation costs for each of those strategies

Prepare an assessment process that uses the results of Key Performance Indicators over time and feedback loops for each objective in order to ensure continuous improvement

Perform due diligence on each strategy by conducting research, benchmarking and working with the central functions team that includes, legal counsel, risk management and budget departments in order to assess feasibility.

Prepare a report for the chairpersons to present to the Academic Strategic Plan Implementation Oversight Committee (ASPIOC) for endorsement




Margaret Himley/International Engagement

Mehrzad Boroujerdi/Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs






Kendall Phillips


College of Visual and Performing Arts

Hub Brown


S.I. Newhouse School Of Public Communications

Can Isik


College of Engineering and Computer Science

Anne Munly


School of Architecture

Carsten Oesterlund



Steve Lux


Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Peg Hermann


Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Pat Burak


Slutzker Center for International Services

Gail Bulman


College of Arts & Sciences/Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Christina Parish


Project Advance

Amy Sloane-Garris


Enrollment Management

Lil O’Rourke


Senior V.P., Principal Gifts and International Advancement

Sue Corieri



Julie Ficarra

Graduate Student

School of Education/Cultural Foundations of Education

Kara Summer McGrane

Undergraduate Student

College of Arts & Sciences/International Relations

Ricky Cieri

Undergraduate Student

College of Arts & Sciences/International Relations



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