We will present students with curricular opportunities and academic programs that lead them to the learning outcomes that form the vision of global learning at The University of Scranton.

  • Establish a standing University committee, which includes faculty, staff and students, to develop and implement a global learning profile for students demonstrating the global character of their Jesuit education.
  • Engage the Faculty Senate and academic departments to identify and modify areas of the curriculum, including general education, to promote a global and multicultural teaching and learning environment.
  • Develop innovative approaches to promote international language learning as an integral component of students’ global education.
  • Develop and implement policies and financial support practices that promote faculty development in global learning, increasing faculty participation in international seminars, conferences, collaborative research and scholarship, teaching and service.

We will enhance global engagement by developing interdisciplinary strategic partnerships with international universities and other international organizations.

  • Execute a feasibility study for the University entering the Bologna Process as a partner institution.
  • Develop a functional set of faculty and student exchange programs that are sustainable and effective and that facilitate cross-cultural regional, national and international cooperation.
  • Establish a set of partnerships, starting with select Jesuit and other Catholic international universities, to foster consortium agreements, including double diploma, dual degree and other exchange programs.
  • Develop an international career recruiting component that will also include an international internship program.

We will build opportunities for every student’s learning experience to include engagement in an international arena.

  • Encourage more students to learn in a global setting by establishing and integrating study-abroad options into every academic program and by promoting study abroad in short and intermediate sessions, especially during January and summer.
  • Develop new courses that incorporate a traditional study-abroad component, or establish a virtual international presence using global partners and technology, allowing faculty and students to study and conduct research in an international learning environment.
  • Advance the University’s international service and immersion trips so that all students become aware of and engage in the stark realities of our world.
  • Establish a permanent University of Scranton presence in another country and culture, while still being linked to our Catholic and Jesuit community.

We will organize existing resources to provide an administrative structure that promotes, coordinates, and supports global initiatives that will develop across the University.

  • Integrate existing structures and resources into a new Center for Global Studies that serves as a liaison for internal and external communities, oversees academic programs with international characteristics, coordinates appropriate resources, plans and policies, and promotes broad collegial engagement in curricular and co-curricular programming.
  • Form an operational working group to design and implement a support structure for international students and faculty, including an enhanced International Student and Scholars Office.
  • Design and maintain a sustainable development program to support the faculty who engage in global teaching and learning, scholarship and service.

We will be recognized for our internationally diverse body of students, faculty and staff and will be characterized by a well-developed interdisciplinary, global awareness that is integral to our academic and social structure.

  • Improve the University’s competitiveness in recruiting and retaining undergraduate and graduate international students by improving our financial support and student transfer processes.
  • Initiate faculty recruitment strategies that facilitate globalization in teaching, research and curricular development, and strategies to attract culturally diverse faculty and staff who will contribute to and enrich a more globalized campus community.
  • Identify and implement those support systems deemed critical to the recruitment and retention of international students, faculty and staff, including an ESL program and social structures, programs and learning communities that support culturally diverse populations and facilitate cross cultural interactions.