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This Implementation Plan prioritizes specific SPI goals for immediate focus, beginning in 2021, followed by longer-term goals over a five-year period. Progress made during each academic year is outlined below.

View the Milestones section that showcases key advancements made during the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Internationalization.


Implementation Progress – 2022-23 Academic Year

Goal 1 – Expand and Enhance Globally-Focused Research and Engagement

1.A.2. – Develop interdisciplinary faculty seminars abroad designed to enhance curriculum,  mobility, and research partnerships

  • Began talks with two current partners to develop faculty symposiums for AY 23-24

1.A.3. – Increase grant opportunities that foster international research

  • Entered planning stage for anticipated grant opportunities

1.B.1. – Map international activity of faculty and communicate broadly

  • Grew knowledge of faculty connections through a systematic review of UCSC departmental websites and faculty CVs

1.C.2. – Increase international graduate student enrollments

  • Explored options for strengthening relationships between UCSC and universities in Egypt to host Egyptian faculty, scholars, and students, and to send UCSC students
Goal 2 – Provide Global Learning Opportunities for All

2.A.2. – Increase the number of faculty-led and exchange programs, and increase student participation in both 

  • Launched new partner programs, expanding host institution options
  • Increased number of and participation in faculty-led programs, internships, and exchanges

2.A.5. – Expand and promote domestic study-away opportunities 

  • Increased UCDC participation, meeting campus enrollment requirement 
  • Re-signed MOU with two U.S. universities and explored new opportunities with others
  • Added UC Center Sacramento to Global Learning program portfolio

2.B.1. – Increase language curriculum tied to degrees and the Centers with regional research foci and area studies

  • Added Spanish language immersion options through new internship programs

2.C.1. – Partner with academic units to develop minors or concentrations with
global focus 

  • Initiated discussion with department of Languages and Applied Linguistics to explore development of new UCSC language majors by leveraging course offerings at institutional exchange partners
Goal 3 – Strengthen Student Success

3.B.1. – Support faculty and staff in teaching and working with students from
multiple countries, cultures, and backgrounds

  • Enhanced faculty training for Faculty-led Global Seminars and Global Classrooms (COIL)
  • Streamlined processes through second approver review in iGlobal with academic advisors
  • Facilitated College Student Life training, ISRP training and orientation, Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program workshop, and Chinese Names Pronunciation workshop

3.B.2. – Expand and integrate co-curricular opportunities to engage students
across cultures and nationalities

  • Created Global Leader/Global Mentorship leadership development series
  • Enhanced International Student Orientation (in-person), events for Global Learning alumni, exchange student engagement, and promotion of APRU programs, and co-curricular event collaboration with campus units 
Goal 4 – Enhance Our Global Reputation

4.A.1. – Identify and develop research foci and world regions to prioritize international efforts and define UC Santa Cruz’s global profile

  • Faculty advisory group meets quarterly to establish strategy

4.B.2. – Support faculty collaboration and research with partners 

  • Grew the number and departmental diversity of faculty submitting projects to the International Summer Research Program (ISRP), and expanded the number of institutional partners sending students
  • UCSC Chancellor delegation visit to India to strengthen institutional relationships
  • Faculty delegation visits to Queen’s University Belfast, Leeds University, and the University of Bristol to foster new research collaborations
  • Hosted institutional delegation visits from Aarhus University (Vice Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences), the University of Bristol (Vice Chancellor, President) and Queen’s University Belfast (Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Strategic Projects)
  • Awarded Erasmus+ grant jointly with Aarhus University to fund student/faculty mobility

4.C.2. – Leverage innovative tools to collect, archive, analyze, and display international activity

  • Explored innovative visual storytelling through migration to new website platform
  • Featured internationalization across campus-wide and Global Engagement-specific publications and communications channels

Implementation Progress – 2021-22 Academic Year

Goal 1 – Expand and Enhance Globally-Focused Research and Engagement

1.A.1. – Provide seed grants to faculty to expand international collaborations

  • Beginning planning proposal process for faculty in AY 2022-23

1.B.1. – Map international activity of faculty and communicate broadly

  • Developed GlobalConnect database to catalog international connections and activities

1.C.2. – Increase international graduate student enrollments

  • Focused on sponsored student growth post-pandemic through outreach to sponsors
Goal 2 – Provide Global Learning Opportunities for All

2.A.1. – Support faculty in the creation or modification of globally-focused courses

  • Launched eight new Global Classrooms (COIL/Virtual Exchange) in AY 2021-22
  • Established, in partnership with CITL, a faculty fellow focused on Global Classrooms development
  • Created and delivered, in collaboration with CITL and Online Education, COIL/Virtual Exchange training workshop for faculty

2.A.3. – Develop virtual and in-person international internship programs

2.A.4. – Develop international online course exchanges

2.B.1. – Increase language curriculum tied to degrees and the Centers with regional research foci and area studies

  •  Established new bilateral student exchange programs, many of which offer unique and robust language offerings
Goal 3 – Strengthen Student Success

3.A.2. – Monitor the well-being of the international student populations

  • Established an International Student Engagement Advisor position to focus on
    international student success and retention

3.B.1. – Support faculty/staff in teaching and working with international students

  • Enhanced Global Classrooms training to include sections on intercultural communication, language diversity, and technology access

3.B.2. – Expand and integrate co-curricular opportunities to engage students across cultures and nationalities

Goal 4 – Enhance Our Global Reputation

4.A.1. – Identify and develop research foci and world regions to prioritize international efforts and define UC Santa Cruz’s global profile

  • Established faculty advisory group

4.B.1. – Increase the number of international partnerships

  • Established eight new student exchange programs in AY 2021-22 with university partners abroad
  • Hosted two university delegation visits from the UK and India

4.C.1. – Communicate our assets, activities, impacts, and plans via the web, annual reports, newsletters, and other publications

  • Developed news articles, newsletters, and publications
Goal 5 – Define Organizational Structure

5.B.1. – Create and fund a position dedicated to managing international risk that will create policy and enact best practices to mitigate risk to individuals and the institution

  • Secured funding for international risk manager staff position through campus-wide resource call