A Broad-Based Approach to Internationalization

Due to the way international education has evolved and the way higher education institutions are structured, internationalization efforts have been quite fragmented at many institutions, says Christa Olson, assistant director of International Initiatives at the American Council on Education. It's not that there has been a lack of effort — in fact, Olson says, people on many campuses would be surprised to learn of the progress made in pockets within the institution in recruiting international students, developing international courses and programs, offering education abroad, and conducting international research. The problem is that relatively few institutions have taken a comprehensive approach to internationalization, and the efforts of individuals, academic programs, or departments often have little impact across campus.

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