December 5, 2007
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
Thank you for your contributions to the discussions surrounding the Global Lehigh Advisory Committee (GLAC) report “Getting to Global Lehigh”. This dialog has shown that we share a common vision of the importance of ensuring that internationalization, in all its dimensions, permeates the university’s intellectual environment and becomes a signature of Lehigh University. These discussions have been fruitful ones, involving the GLAC, the campus community, the Board of Trustees and Lehigh’s Global Council. Now is the time to move beyond discussion and set out a plan to achieve this vision. We believe that we can take actions now to make Global Lehigh a reality by 2013.
We have identified the five areas listed below to begin implementing immediately. We recognize that financial resources are a critical part of the process of realizing Global Lehigh. Therefore, we are making new funds available in order to move forward. We are committed to increasing the funds over the next five years to ensure long-term sustainability of Global Lehigh. We will continue to seek input regarding the best administrative structure to support, coordinate, and build synergy among all Global activities at Lehigh.
As part of providing an International Experience, the Lehigh faculty will need to decide whether to require, or to recommend, an international experience for all undergraduate students. We recommend that this decision be made in a timely fashion so that the desired goal can be met by 2013. Each undergraduate college, under the leadership of the college dean, will define appropriate international experiences, both abroad and at home. This work will be done collaboratively across colleges and with the appropriate offices including the Study Abroad Office (SAO). They will also explore ways to expand international offerings and their capacity so that students have flexibility and leeway to fulfill the RIE. In so doing, they will be guided by the recommendations in Getting to Global Lehigh. Colleges will also enhance the undergraduate advising system to guide students to include one or more international experiences into their learning portfolio at Lehigh.
The SAO in collaboration with the college deans will be tasked with developing a roadmap of all current global activities at Lehigh University that must be updated on a regular basis to reflect changes as a result of the above program developments. This is essential in order to ensure that the campus community, as well as prospective undergraduate students and faculty members, have an understanding of the depth and breadth of activities in this area.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Global Lehigh Advisory Council (GLAC) members for all their hard work in creating the document “Getting to Global Lehigh” and in leading discussion of its recommendations across campus. The Council was chaired by Rajan Menon, and its membership included Judith A. McDonald, Marie-Helene Chabut, Richard P. Vinci, Arpana G. Inman, Frank J. Pazzaglia, Richard M. Brandt, Carl O. Moses, and was ably staffed by Joan Smith.
|Alice P. Gast||Mohamed S. El-Aasser|