The International Education Strategic Planning Team–comprised of 31 faculty, staff, and students–met during the 2010-11 academic year to chart a road map to guide international education initiatives at SAU.
The International Education Strategic Plan advances the university's core value of Diversity by placing global engagement as a central student learning outcome.
Two key elements of the plan include the following vision statement and strategic goals:
St. Ambrose University Vision for Internationalization
St. Ambrose University will educate our students to lead and serve in an increasingly interconnected world. They will learn to critically analyze international issues and events; become more accepting of those who live differently, both in our community and abroad; and demonstrate a greater sense of global social responsibility. In order to develop these qualities in our students, the faculty, staff, and administration will internationalize the university to the point that global engagement is seamlessly integrated into our curriculum, culture, and campus life.
a) By 2020, increase the number of enrolled international students to at least the national average at US institutions of higher education.
b) Steadily increase the number of students who study abroad so that by 2020, at least 10 percent of SAU graduates have had at least one study abroad experience, with the majority of participants having studied abroad for a minimum of one semester.
c) Establish a stronger and more prominent "Center for Global Engagement" that collaborates systemically with Academic Affairs, Student Services, and other university entities.
d) Promote the engagement of students, faculty, and staff in international exchanges and other cross-cultural opportunities.