Information for Faculty
The WVU Parkersburg Office for Global Initiatives was created as part of West Virginia's Consortium for Internationalizing Higher Education (CIHE), which was established by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) in May 2006. The Consortium seeks to enhance the international education of every public and private college and university in West Virginia. Here are its goals:
- Combine the strengths and efforts of every public and private higher education institution in WV in order to facilitate and enhance the globalization of the respective campuses;
- Provide assistance and mentoring to those institutions to help them internationalize their majors, core curricula and foreign language programs to better prepare West Virginia students for global competency;
- Facilitate partnerships between educational institutions in West Virginia and those in other states and countries;
- Increase the number of international students in West Virginia by promoting West Virginia as a study destination for international students.
- Increase the number of students going abroad by establishing a statewide study abroad consortium.
As you can see, there are opportunities here for all of us; international experience is not just for students. Check out the links below.
Internationalizing WVUP. This document from the Committee on Internationalization indicates the range of what has been done at WVUP and the resources available here.
NAFSA Resource Library: Engaging Faculty in Internationalization
CCID - Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. WVUP has joined this consortium. Check the website for available resources.
FACDIS | West Virginia University. This award-winning consortium for course development is housed at WVU. Its fall workshops are available to interested faculty free of charge. If you're just beginning to think about adding international content to your courses, here is the place to start.
FACDIS Audio-Visual Catalog. All materials in this catalog are available to us through interlibrary loan.
Forum on Education Abroad
The Fulbright Programs. The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. It is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Our own Sy Sarkarat is currently lecturing in Azerbaijan as part of this program, so dream big.
Le Journal. This publication from West Virginia State University shows what is possible at a school not much bigger than ours.
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