Original Program & Session Schedule
The Forum took place on Friday, January 28 & Saturday, January 29, on the Brandeis University campus in Waltham, MA.
The original schedule is included below. All sessions were plenary sessions.
Friday, Jan. 28
Registration and Welcome
Opening Session - "Understanding Sustained Global Commitments"
What are "sustained global commitments”? How are sustained global commitments different from other kinds of internationalization? What's possible on a relatively small scale? This session will be set up as a reporting-style session, where institutions will briefly describe their particular approaches to these commitments and their relation to larger university & internationalization strategy.
12:00 p.m. Included Lunch
Session 2 - "The Special Role of the Liberal Arts in Sustained Global Commitments"
- What makes us different from the rest?
- How can the traditions of the liberal arts curriculum be translated to a global context?
- What are some of the available models?
3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:30 p.m. Session 3 - "Partnering with Overseas Institutions"
- How are these partnerships different for smaller institutions?
- Available models and strategies
- Using technology to enhance the partnering process
- Choosing partners (or partners choosing you)
5:00 p.m. Break
7:00 p.m. Dinner - "Engaging the Faculty in Sustained Global Commitments"
A small group of faculty members from participating institutions will talk about their experiences being involved in global projects, from study abroad to partnerships and formal degree programs.
Saturday, January 29
Breakfast on Own OR
8:00 a.m. Optional Breakfast at Brandeis -- with Concurrent Discussion Groups
a - “Working with international student populations related to sustained global commitments”
b - “International operations challenges facing smaller without a single regional focus"
c - “Outreach to new student markets (non-degree, first-year students or high school students, students abroad looking for an American degree, adult learners, executive education, short-term programs, etc.)
9:30 a.m. Session 4 - "Challenges of Senior International Officers and Internationalization Planning, from Vision to Bottom Line"
- Who are we, anyway? Where do we come from, and what are we now being asked to do?
- Where do we fit within organizational structures?
- Balancing immediate revenue pressures and long-term goals
- Incorporating and balancing social justice goals
- Establishing a realistic time table for success (and defining what success means)
11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:30 a.m. Session 5 - "Creating and Maintaining a Strategy"
How do we bring all the pieces of our Forum discussions together to create a strategy for sustained global commitments? How does this relate to our overall strategy for internationalization? How do institutions choose between models and options, especially given limited financial and human resources? How can we keep the momentum going and avoid the "okay, we did internationalization" mentality that affects many institutional leaders?
1:00 p.m. Included Lunch
2:30 p.m. Forum Concludes