Strategic Plan for the Internationalization of Harper College: 2015-2020

The Harper College International Studies and Programs shared governance committee has approved the next iteration of the Internationalization Plan.

The purpose of the Strategic Plan for Internationalization is to articulate the goals, objectives, and activities of the Office of International Education over the next five years.  Through this plan, the Office of International Education will cultivate an environment for global and intercultural educational experiences that promote respect for individual rights and an awareness of the global interdependence of all human groups.  This plan will be evaluated at the beginning of each academic year by the Office of International Education team, which includes members of the International Studies and Programs Shared Governance Committee and allied faculty, in order to make updates, additions, and deletions based upon current information, budgetary considerations, and other relevant input.

College Context

The mission of the Office of International Education aligns with and supports a number of the proposed Strategic Directions and Goals of Harper College’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. 

Strategic Direction 1: Inclusion

Statement: Foster an environment that values and respects each member of Harper’s diverse community and actively encourages cross-cultural engagement.

OIE Supporting Statement:

As expressed in its Mission, Vision, and Affirming statements, the OIE is dedicated to creating an interculturally responsive and engaged campus. Through the work of its shared governance committee and programs, the OIE fosters a culture of inclusion that embraces all members of the college’s diverse community.

Strategic Goal 1: Student Experience

Statement: Provide experiences that support the ongoing needs of our diverse student community through college-wide responsiveness and purposeful interactions.

OIE Supporting Statement:

The OIE offers intentional and transformative campus and international programs that are responsive to the college community. These programs offer opportunities and resources for faculty and students to build intercultural competence and engage in purposeful interactions.

Strategic Goal 2: Curriculum and Instruction

Statement: Evaluate and enhance curriculum in response to evolving student goals, and assess instructional approaches to provide an environment where all students can learn.

OIE Supporting Statement:

In order for students to be prepared for a global workforce, instructional methods, curricula, and assessment techniques need to be informed by a global perspective. The OIE promotes global learning outcomes and a variety of assessment tools to create interculturally responsive learning environments that prepare students to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity, and rapid change.


The task of implementing the Office of International Education Strategic Plan shall fall primarily to the Director of International Education and the members of the shared governance International Studies and Programs committee.  The Responsibility column in the following document reflects primary responsible parties, which in no way precludes the consultation and involvement of other stakeholders. The Office of International Education encourages the wide and vigorous participation of all interested parties.

Office of International Education Strategic Goals:

1. Achieve a globally competent faculty.

2. Foster a culture of accountability in all areas of International Education.

3. Institutionalize all aspects of education abroad programs, including experiential/service learning opportunities

4. Optimize participation by students and faculty in International Education programs.

5. Achieve greater integration of international students into life of College.

6. Establish a Center for Global and Intercultural Studies.

Click here for a PDF version of the full Strategic Plan document.







Internationalization Plan: 2010-2015

Over the past several years, International Studies and Programs (ISP) has been engaged in a vigorous process of self-analysis and review with the aim of positioning Harper College as a premier regional purveyor of international education opportunities. With the support of the Provost and other institutional leaders, ISP commissioned a three-person team of International Education experts to conduct a comprehensive review of the present state of our internationalization efforts. Their report, “Status of Internationalization at Harper College,” is attached as Appendix C of the Internationalization Plan and contains their observations and recommendations. The attached document, A Multi-year Phased Strategy for the Internationalization of Harper College, represents a synthesis of the recommendations of the internationalization report and those of International Committee and its Faculty Liaisons, and proposes a multi-year strategy for achieving the comprehensive internationalization of Harper College.

Internationalization_Plan 2010-2015








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