Presentation on theme: "Grants as Planning Stepping Stones: Strategic Initiatives for Engagement with India at Winston-Salem State University UNC India Summit UNC General Administration."— Presentation transcript:
Grants as Planning Stepping Stones: Strategic Initiatives for Engagement with India at Winston-Salem State University UNC India Summit UNC General Administration January 30, 2013
2010: IIE/IAPP - India Calls from the School of Business and Economics and the School of Health Sciences to apply for pilot program Connecting with institutional priorities: a. WSSU 2010-2015 Strategic plan b. UNC Tomorrow Commission: Global Readiness
WSSU IAPP Process India Task Force, with representation from all schools and the College of Arts and Sciences IIE/IAPP webinars FOCUS ON: Developing a Strategic Plan for India on the basis of internal assessment of current engagement with India and infrastructure for internationalization on campus; Mobilizing the campus to develop India-related programs and generate resources Understanding the higher education system in India, and best practices in developing and sustaining academic partnerships with Indian institutions
Internal Assessment No formal partnerships Ten Indian origin faculty members who have received degrees in India, and conducted scholarly research in or on India One course on Indian history Several courses with some Indian content: Literature, Business and economics, Mass Communications, History, Art, Religion, Sociology No study abroad in India by students Very few F-1 international students, but more Indian origin graduate students
Fall 2010 Study Tour of India Short but very educational Exposed to the diversity and complexity of higher education system in India Many potential opportunities for partnering
Strategic Planning Report Goals Identify and develop partnerships with suitable Indian institutions starting with Health Sciences, Business and Economics, and Information Technology. Correspondingly, seek opportunities to expand partnerships in the liberal arts and sciences and education. Prioritize faculty development and research to increase knowledge of India across the curriculum, and promote curriculum development and student learning. Provide opportunities for experiences abroad in India for undergraduate and graduate students. Organize co-curricular activities on campus to promote knowledge and awareness of India. Promote the enrollment of international students from India, particularly in graduate programs in Business and Computer Science. Identify and increase resources to develop partnerships and faculty and curriculum development.
Lessons Learned and Challenges Planning process facilitated by IIE allowed for a team of interested faculty and administrators to come together around a common goal Discovered that a number of faculty members from across the disciplines are interested in India-related programs Motivating enough faculty to turn their focus to research and teaching relating to India Obtaining institutional support, as well as resources and funding Finding appropriate partners and developing partnerships
NEH Humanities Initiatives Grant 2012-2014 Awarded a grant of $100,000 for a faculty development seminar: “Integrating India into the Liberal Arts Curriculum” Objective: Enhance the global competence of students at Winston- Salem State University (WSSU) by incorporating knowledge about India across the curriculum and through co-curricular activities.
Twelve faculty members at WSSU from disciplines including literature, religion, art, economics, management, nursing, information systems, Portuguese, geography, history, political science, information technology, are in the NEH India seminar. Thirteen scholars and experts on India have been identified to serve as workshop leaders, guest speakers and resource persons over a three-year period to provide insights into Indian literature, culture, history, art, and religion, as well as pedagogical issues relating to teaching India.
Outcomes developing or restructuring a course or courses to infuse knowledge about India; creating materials to share or disseminate this knowledge for faculty and students in both the Humanities and other program areas, as well as on campus and in the community; building library resources and creating a web page with links to academic and cultural resources on India.
Activities and Next Steps The opening workshop on May 7 and 8, 2012, featured four scholars Three scholars of India visited WSSU in September, October and November. Each delivered a public lecture on Thursday, followed by a seminar/workshop for the faculty enrolled in the seminar on Friday morning. Three workshops each Spring and Fall 2013 WSSU International Faculty Development Seminar in India: July-August 2013