Previously Funded Projects

Academic Support/Resources

Academic Support/Resources

This project provides funding for an additional 25% time ESL professional to work as a tutor in the Student English Language Support (SELS) program during spring and fall semester. SELS provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to international students whose first language is not English. More information is available on the SELS website at www.cce.umn.edu/eslhelp.

Academic Support/Resources

Building on a well-established and successful academic support model at the University of Minnesota, Targeted Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions are structured supplemental learning sessions that bring international students together with their domestic classmates in meaningful cooperative learning experiences. PAL sessions are facilitated by rigorously trained undergraduate students, who guide participants through planned activities leading toward mastery and deeper understanding of course concepts.

Academic Support/Resources

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Academic Advising/College Support

Academic Advising/College Support

CLA Transfer Advising will enhance the international transfer student experience from a multi-faceted approach. Our CLA 3001 Transfer Semester Experience course will be modified to intentionally foster international and domestic student interaction to encourage engagement and a positive sense of belonging. CLA’s portion of Transfer Welcome Day will also include specific programs for international students. In collaboration with ISSS, we will create videos for international transfer students for use in our online orientation, website, and CLA 3001 course.

Academic Advising/College Support

We are proposing to organize a series of events annually. The events are aimed at reducing the cultural shock for international students and strengthen their English skills in order to improve their experience adjusting to the US classroom environment and help them to succeed in their academic and post-graduation careers.

Academic Advising/College Support

The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) has been funded to develop and provide oral proficiency assessments for undergraduate international students who are newly admitted to the University of Minnesota. Advisers who work with the Minnesota English Language Program to offer oral proficiency assessments as an option to international students receive information about student's speaking ability in English which helps them advise students so that students can be better prepared for the specific academic challenges they may encounter.

Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

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.

Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

The goal of this project is to develop 10 videos for students to watch prior to attending the Introduction to Food Science laboratories. Watching these videos will enable students to see what they will be doing in lab, and to connect the vocabulary of the written instructions with the actions of a person making food products using the same facilities, equipment and utensils they will use during their lab. These videos will be placed on the course web site, and students will be required to watch them before taking the pre-lab quiz and attending lab.

Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

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Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

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Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

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Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

This project provides funding for undergraduate teaching assistants to run discussion groups and work with the instructor to ensure the language support of two English for specific purposes (ESP) classes is tailored to the content courses that the students are taking. ESL 3006 is a course that supports students in business related majors who are networking and seeking internships, and ESL 3007 supports students who are taking introductory physics courses.

Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

The WINS coordinator works with CLA and advising to ensure there are enough non-native speaker sections of WRIT 1301 to satisfy demand and that students are guided to the sections that best fit their needs. This is also done by participating in ISSS new student orientation fairs and attending regular meetings of the Academic Services for International Students group that brings together many entities on campus that serve this population.

Major/Career Planning & Development 

Major/Career Planning & Development

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.

Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

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.

Co-Curricular

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.

Co-Curricular

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.

Co-Curricular

The I-Connect Program is designed to offer a structured and unique learning opportunity for new international students to meaningfully engage with returning study abroad students who are already well integrated into the university. These students additionally have the experience of being abroad, and away from their homes, through their own study abroad experiences.

Co-Curricular

The SUA Grants Program provides supplemental financial support to student groups, university departments, and individuals seeking to host or participate in activities, programs, and special events that enhance the co-curricular experience for students at the University of Minnesota. The International Student Support Grant will provide financial support to student groups looking to plan events and programs that are aimed at furthering the professional, educational, and intellectual development of international students at the University of Minnesota.

Co-Curricular

The Universal New Year Celebration is designed to acknowledge a widely celebrated holiday outside of the traditional holidays celebrated in the US. The event is intended to bring together a wide range of students, domestic and international from all backgrounds to enjoy a wide range of food and activities from around the world. The hope is to build a sense of a broad connected community and an opportunity for international students and domestic students to interact.

Faculty/Staff Development

Faculty/Staff Development

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.

Faculty/Staff Development

This project is a part-time position for an English as a Second Language (ESL) professional at the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) to support instructors and staff across the University on issues related to working with multilingual international students and develop resources to support working with these students.

Faculty/Staff Development

Since funding in May 2015, we have facilitated a professional development opportunity for faculty around the university that has included the following: two group workshop experiences, an online curriculum that includes campus resources helpful to international students, sample activities, as well as syllabi and policy statements that are reflective of best practices for working with international students,ongoing interaction with other faculty through in-person and online discussions, and the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with coordinator and facilitators in addition to other op

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Expanding on the current financial wellness offerings provided to all students, One Stop Student Services and International Student and Scholar Services have created 5 short, web-based videos to teach international students about financial wellness basics. The video series gives international students an opportunity to learn best practices and tips from their peers about money-related content designed specifically for them.

Health & Wellness

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