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Priorities and Actions 

The Academic Master Plan seeks to build upon the prior and ongoing work of CIE, CIGE, and the Blugold Commitment funded programs through the following actions:

Increase participation in learning abroad from 25% to 35% of the student body.

  • Embed learning abroad opportunities into each department's four-year degree plans and identify the optimal semester(s) for students to study abroad or participate in learning abroad activities.
  • Develop international department-to-department collaborations to increase UW-Eau Claire student mobility through activities such as research, semester-long study abroad, and short-term immersion.
  • Increase from 18% to 25% the number of students participating in semester-long study abroad by cultivating at least ten new cost-neutral (same cost of attendance) learning abroad programs with international partners.
  • Increase student participation in short-term immersions by developing faculty-led programs that accommodate larger numbers of students (up to 20) per experience.
  • Include Departmental Evaluation Plan (DEP) language to recognize faculty for developing and leading international immersion experiences such as the International Fellows Program, Faculty-led International Immersion Experiences, Domestic Intercultural Immersions, and learning abroad experiences embedded in department programing and curricula.

Double the number of opportunities for faculty to teach abroad.

  • Develop international department-to-department collaborations that include a faculty exchange arrangement.
  • Develop and invest in new international teaching opportunities and invest in teach abroad programs at existing partners such as Harlaxton and Kansai Gaidai. Prioritize new teaching abroad opportunities in collaboration with Admissions to enhance international student recruitment.

Increase and improve global learning opportunities on campus.

  • Incorporate global connections and international perspectives into curriculum in all programs.
  • Develop a series of programs similar to the Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) for returning students to bring their international learning back to campus.
  • Collect, analyze, and use assessment data to refine the Global Perspectives (R2) learning outcome and its associated rubric.
  • Collect, analyze, and use assessment data to refine the role of learning abroad experiences in meeting the Integration (I1) learning outcome.
  • Promote campus and community-wide programming and activities such as the cultural insight photo contest, international folk fair, fall festival, the annual symposium on Eastern Europe, and international musical performances.
  • Cultivate a program of visiting scholars from around the world who are part of the student learning experience.

Internationalize campus further by increasing international student enrollment from 290 to 350 per year.

  • Develop international department-to-department collaborations to increase student exchange opportunities.
  • Target majors with capacity for increased international student enrollment.