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  1. 1. Managing and Coordinating International Programs Marilyn Flynn, PhD University of Southern California
  2. 2. The Challenge <ul><li>Competition, crowded field </li></ul><ul><li>Low resources </li></ul><ul><li>Time, distance, language, culture </li></ul>
  3. 3. Risks in International Programming and Research <ul><li>Does anybody care? </li></ul><ul><li>Oh, this will make money…someday </li></ul><ul><li>Poor transferability </li></ul><ul><li>Low connection to promotion and tenure in some institutions </li></ul><ul><li>The “ants on the track” problem </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding foreign institutional cultures </li></ul>
  4. 4. Risks, con’t <ul><li>Diffusion – the world is our oyster! </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnocentricity – no change in our world, just theirs </li></ul><ul><li>Illness, earthquakes, capricious governments, etc., etc., etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Blurred faculty and administrative roles </li></ul>
  5. 5. Broad Range of Options for Programming <ul><li>Degrees – in country model </li></ul><ul><li>Degrees-distance education model </li></ul><ul><li>Degrees – hybrid models </li></ul><ul><li>Course credit toward degree with global interface </li></ul><ul><li>Non-degree certifications for foreign populations </li></ul><ul><li>Non-degree certificates for native populations – students, alumni, professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Summer immersion </li></ul><ul><li>Guest lectures in foreign countries </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting scholar programs </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative research </li></ul><ul><li>Service initiatives </li></ul>
  6. 6. Good Management Starts with Clear Goals <ul><li>Goals and rationale should be clear to everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Even if individually initiated, institutional interests should always be embedded – eg contribute to institutional priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Other academic units should be involved: consulting, participating, recruiting, hearing results </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for strengthening the social work profession here and abroad central </li></ul><ul><li>Importance for program innovation in the US critical – completing the circle </li></ul><ul><li>Need for faculty cohort development </li></ul>
  7. 7. Examples from USC <ul><li>Distinction between undergraduate and graduate programming – focus more on broadening experience for undergraduates and skill development, contrasting paradigms for graduates </li></ul><ul><li>For long-term programs, research and teaching should be connected </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening capacity to work with immigrant populations in US a priority </li></ul><ul><li>Changing our own curriculum another challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Pacific Rim </li></ul><ul><li>Build faculty AND staff cohorts </li></ul>
  8. 8. Distinguishing Faculty and Staff Roles <ul><li>Faculty conceptualize, inspire, lead, write, orient </li></ul><ul><li>Staff plans itinerary, ensures conformity with policy, collects fees, organizes documents, purchases gifts </li></ul>
  9. 9. Assessing Program Feasibility and Benefits <ul><li>Breakeven analysis for enrollment at different levels </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for future external support </li></ul><ul><li>Program value for school or university </li></ul><ul><li>Out-of-country resources, including leadership and commitment </li></ul><ul><li>In-country human resource requirements – faculty, staff, administration </li></ul><ul><li>Methods for maintaining communication and designated contact persons </li></ul>
  10. 10. Setting Priorities <ul><li>Individual v. institutional interest </li></ul><ul><li>Connection to curriculum or research development </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to other academic units and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for strengthening the profession </li></ul><ul><li>Importance for program innovation in US </li></ul><ul><li>Student, alumni, and professional interest </li></ul><ul><li>Building faculty cohorts </li></ul>
  11. 11. Building Internal Infrastructure <ul><li>Lead staff person for international activities </li></ul><ul><li>Program orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic reporting to faculty and university community </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty recruitment with eye to international program coherence </li></ul>
  12. 12. Evaluating International Programs <ul><li>Student satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional partner feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Cost recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Change in own research and curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Influence on international partners </li></ul>
  13. 13. Happy Travels <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>

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