Units seeking funding are invited to submit proposals to enhance academic services for international students. The focus should be to ensure retention, timely graduation, and students' satisfaction with their University of Minnesota experience.
The Department of English will develop the content and methods of a stand-alone section of ENGL 1001W (Introduction to Literature) for non-native-speaking international students. In Fall 2016, we will pilot-test this section. If successful, this section will become a regular part of our curriculum, offered either once per year or once per semester, depending on demand. Relevant findings will also be applied to other sections of the course that enroll domestic and international students together.
The College of Science and Engineering's Academic Advising Office has created a new advising role (Senior Academic Advisor with a Focus on the International Student Experience) with the use of the international fee. In addition to a caseload of undergraduate students in the College, this advisor's project work will focus on ways to support and enhance our international students' experience and success in the College.
This project will fund the coordination of UMTC campus-wide efforts that seek to support faculty and instructors with the academic integration of international students in the classroom. Educational offerings for faculty and instructors on effective classroom approaches to inclusive course design, pedagogy and assessment will be offered. The Education Program Specialist coordinating these efforts will serve as a resource for colleagues around campus.
To engage international and domestic students in activities and events designed to increase their social and community Wellbeing, this program seeks to create opportunities for cross-cultural interactions between U.S. and international students, largely within the residence halls. All students staying on campus for the break period are welcome and encouraged to participate and attend each event.
The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) created an Academic and Career Coach position with an international focus. This new role provides support for international students who are strongly undecided, transitioning colleges, and planning for competitive majors. This position splits time between CAPE and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) which allows expanded support in CAPE while remaining closely connected to the student services in ISSS and immigration regulations.
Chinese international students make up 50 percent of new international undergraduate students and the China Pre-Departure Orientation was created to help these students have a successful transition to the University of Minnesota. The goals of this program include helping students understand next steps needed in their transition, building a awareness and knowledge about the cultural differences in the U.S. higher education system, and assisting students in developing a sense of belonging with the University of Minnesota.
This collaboration between the University of Minnesota's Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE), the Multicultural Student Engagement (MSE) unit of the Office of Student Affairs, and the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) involves cooperative civic engagement, leadership development and dialogue between international students (IS) and domestic, multicultural students. In addition to expanding support for English language writing and conversation for IS, programming will address the challenges that IS and multicultural students experience when doing academic group work.
This project will provide international students with opportunities for collaborative research-based interactions with faculty that will increase their sense of belonging and improve their overall academic experiences. The project work will focus on creating a three-credit course on community-based participatory research that is designed, in particular, for international undergraduate students.
The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) provides meaningful off-campus community engagement experiences to our students through curricular and co-curricular experiences, facilitates authentic and reciprocal partnerships with local community organizations, creates positive impact in the community, and advances the University's mission of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach through community engagement. The overall vision of the project is to provide additional support for international students to be successful in their curricular and co-curricular community engagement.
The International Student Academic Services Fee serves to enhance academic services for undergraduate international students. This initiative is funded and supported by the Office of Undergraduate Education.