Strategic Planning and the International Office 2008 GAIE Winter Conference Sarah Egerer, International Programs Director, Berry College email@example.com Who was involved? Our IP Committee consists of a representative from each of the four schools: humanities, business, education & human sciences, and math & natural sciences; other members are the Provost, International Student Adviser, Registrar, Assistant Director of Career Development and IP Director (IPD). The President also provided input. When did this take place? The Committee usually meets monthly; however, during the initial planning we met an additional 1 1 ½ hours each month during fall semester. Timeline Prior to strategic planning we had undergone an external review and had prepared the following: · SWOT analysis – this identifies strengths and weaknesses of the internal environment and opportunities and threats of the external environment · Audit of campus internationalization initiatives using Green, F. and Olson, C. Internationalizing the Campus A User’s Guide, American Council on Education. 2003. and Wood, Geoffrey R. Making the Case for International Education. NAFSA: Association of International Educators. 2003. · Review of Berry courses with an international component. Month 1, Step 1. What are we talking about? Defining terms and finding a common language: Green, F. and Olson, C. Internationalizing the Campus A User’s Guide, American Council on Education, 2003 was distributed to Committee prior to first meeting and discussed at the meeting. Month 1, Step 2. Define internationalization in terms of Berry College – we pulled from Berry’s strategic plan and referred to our SWOT analysis. Month 1, Step 3. Create a vision statement the IPD created several versions, discussion and final decision made by IP Committee via email. Month 2, Step 4. Determining strategic plan goals: 2 or 3 that can be met in a determined amount of time; these were tied to mission, vision, SWOT, external reviewer’s comments. We initially created 5 goals. Month 2, Step 5. Deciding objectives: Committee members sent IPD 1 objective for each goal · Goal is the “what” · Objective is the “how” in order to attain part of the goal Month 3, Step 6. As a Committee we reviewed and confirmed objectives – by keeping these criteria in mind: · timeframe (is this feasible in 13 years?) · resources (will we have the funding or other resources required to meet the objective?) · access to information (is data available to determine benchmarks?) · other issues (does one objective prevent us from pursuing another?) This discussion resulted in the combining of 2 goals and deleting another so we ultimately had 3 goals. Month 3, Step 7. Three subcommittees were created, each was assigned 1 goal to · determine what data is needed (if any) in order to establish a benchmark · design action plans which will meet the objectives · email the information to IPD by deadline Month 4, Step 8. These were reviewed by Committee, creating the following model: Goal Objective Data needed Action steps Example: p Goal 1. Increase the number of students with international experience to 32% in 20072008. (We also determined percentages for successive years.) n Objective C: Raise the number of facultyled summer courses outside of Education by 1 per year p Data needed: History of courses offered, student enrollments Characteristics of courses offered and those that “made.” Campus resources to assist in promotion and research p Action Steps: Promote faculty handbook & resources more widely Create faculty webpage Organize information session with Interdisciplinary Studies IPD visit school meetings Future. Continue collecting relevant data. Compare achievements with goals, revise as necessary.
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