Units seeking funding are invited to submit proposals to enhance academic services for undergraduate international students. The focus should be to ensure retention, timely graduation, and students' satisfaction with their University of Minnesota experience.
The Education Program Specialist position has a dual reporting line to the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) and the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS). The purpose of the position is to:
Specifically, this proposal provides the opportunity to create a full-time CAPE Coach position that works 75% time in CAPE and 25% time in ISSS. This allows expanded support in CAPE while remaining closely linked to the student services in ISSS. This shared model would ensure streamlined services, a close working collaboration and a bridge of knowledge between these two units.
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences and the College of Design partner in requesting funding for a shared 0.5 FTE graduate assistantship to initiate, manage, expand, and provide programs in support of international students’ success in our colleges. This position would be responsible for projects and initiatives to better integrate international students into the collegiate communities in and across CFANS and CDES.
Multiple research studies show that higher college student engagement is associated with higher levels of retention and graduation. Intentional, thoughtful engagement between international students and domestic students is the aim of the proposed Common Connections program.
The Carlson International Student Programming Support proposal provides funding for the International Student Engagement intern team as well as the International Student Peer Mentorship Program and the International Student & Alumni Networking event.
Questions about the English language abilities of the international undergraduate student population abound, as do myths and misperceptions. Can I expect students to present at the same level as their native speaking peers? How do I grade grammar in writing?
The Culture Corps program supports staff, faculty and students in their internationalization efforts at the University of Minnesota by recruiting, training and coaching international students on how to share their international student experiences on campus. Students receive a stipend for being part of the program. Funding for this project allows Culture Corps to meet the growing demand for undergraduate curriculum and classroom support and cover fee related project requests.
The consultant works across all Twin Cities undergraduate colleges to promote international student career success. In the first two years, the three foci have been: 1. Staff training to more fully understand international student career needs, and to build staff competence and expertise. 2. Student programming through large and small events campus-wide to build student competence in mastering the U.S. job search context. 3. Training for employers on how and why to hire international students.
The International LGBTQIA Outreach Program provides support and resources for international LGBTQIA students regarding their nationality, cultural background, gender and/or sexual identity on campus. The International LGBTQIA Outreach Program provides events and activities addressing issues related to international gender and/or sexual identities that are marginalized and works to connect international LGBTQIA students with each other.
The University has always made internationalization and commitment to equity and diversity a priority and part of the learning outcomes of the undergraduate education experience. In spite of these goals, surveys have shown that International students’ sense of belonging is declining.
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.