Last week’s readings included the global strategic plan for Baruch College, this week we are given access to the strategic plans for Middlesex Community College and Ohio University. By comparison the Baruch plan seems to be a 1st draft of what a global strategic plan should entail. It is missing many of the elements that are in the plans for the other colleges. Ohio University and Middlesex are using the Global Learning Value Rubric established by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  The rubric has six areas of competencies that can be used when trying to determine if a curriculum promotes global learning. Both institution state the importance of having a global strategy and they break down how they plan on achieving their goals.  The Middlesex plan provides the most detail about the their plans and as well as how they want to go about achieving their goals. Baruch should look to the Middlesex plan as a blueprint of what their plan should look like.

The Middlesex plan includes having all students who participated in study abroad attend a Global Engagement Workshop, which is “designed to help them craft their study abroad experiences into informal and formal narrative presentations” . This stood out to me because as we have discussed in class, some of the benefits/goals of studying abroad is developing “soft skills”; participating in the Global Engagement Workshop would allow students that opportunity to learn how to describe their experiences abroad including all the skills they have acquired. The Ohio University plan for global strategy and internationalization states that it is still in the stages of completing a “workable” plan. The framework that they have in place to create a solid global strategic plan is very through; I am assuming that future drafts and the final plan will include substantial and solid ways in which the university plans on implementing their plans.

One aspect of the Baruch Global Strategic Plan that both Middlesex and Ohio, could incorporate into their plans is the section detailing the countries they are targeting in regards to student and faculty mobility.  By providing this information, you can get a look at the direction in which the institutions are going with regards to outreach, some of the places that are worth consideration are discussed in the 3rd reading for this week. That reading looks into BRIC institutions, which is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China. BRIC is an  an association of four major emerging national economies. As of 2010, South Africa joined BRIC. The reading focused on the changes that are taking place at BRIC universities and to what extent the state (government) is involved in these changes. While looking further into BRICS, I discovered that the the member countries and in the process of creating a global university. BRICS Network University will be based in Russia, it is “a joint educational project aimed at creating a common educational space, developing academic mobility and providing the BRICS economies with highly professional personnel in energy, economy, informatics, ecology and other areas.” Based off the article we read for class, I am interested in seeing how the network university would work since many of the member countries are to varying degrees are involved with higher education specifically the financial end of the institutions.


4 thoughts on “W9 Comparing Global/Internationalization Strategic Plans

  1. Hi,

    Thank you for your post. It could be that Baruch Global Strategic Plan did not incorporate countries targeted because there are none in mind. Also, in strategic planning having such information can be considered a flaw in the future if targeted countries do not establish a partnership with the school in the future. I looked into more information on community colleges and it was found that most community colleges are being told to internationalize their curriculums. Like Baruch there needs to be more of a internationalize curriculum. I am not sure what this curriculum is or plans to be which is why the Baruch Global Strategic Plan was very uninformative.

  2. I certainly agree with you on that Baruch’s strategic plan is not on the same level as either of the two we saw in this week’s readings. And Baruch should really follow in the same footsteps as Middlesex in really incorporating international studies and perspectives into every aspect of the college. As Zeline alluded to in the comment above, community colleges like Middlesex are internationalizing and it could be because they are especially trying to equip their students with these skills because employers want to see them. Community colleges really focus on trying to give the students the skills necessary to get a job. So, it they see that employers want certain global skills and experiences, they need to be able to offer their students that type of education in order to be desirable candidates in the job market.

  3. I like that you pointed out that Middlesex having their students who do study aboard, attend a Global Engagement Workshop, it is one thing to learn about something, and another to actually experience it. These workshops giving them the ability to “craft their study abroad experiences into informal and formal narrative presentations” is an excellent learning tool, not only for student aboard students, but other students who didn’t have the opportunity to study aboard (if these presentations are open to the public) if not they would still be equipped with the necessary tools to inform others (not just students) about what they have learned thanks to the study aboard program.

  4. I agree that Baruch’s plan should look more like Middlesex for a final draft. Some students in our class proposed that maybe this was a first draft of Baruch’s plan but at the same time it could also have been limited information to the public on Baruch’s end to make sure too much information was given that they could not take back or meet the standards for. I also agree the Global Engagement Workshop is an important part of study abroad when returning to the home institution. Many institutions have study abroad programs and do not have a recap with the students about how it went and what they learned. Having this after a program in any institution can better any study abroad and internationalization program is how the program will grow and succeed.

    Melissa Fernandez

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