Fairleigh Dickinson University Selected for NAFSA Spotlight

Teaneck, NJ (March 12, 2009) -- Fairleigh Dickinson University has been selected for a spotlight profile in NAFSA’s report “Internationalizing the Campus 2009: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities.” Nationwide, three schools were chosen and University of California Davis and Berklee College of Music will join FDU in the spotlight.

“NAFSA: Association of International Educators is one of the leading international education organizations in the world.  To receive this level of recognition from them is indeed an honor,” said Jason Scorza, FDU associate provost for global learning.

According to NAFSA, institutions were chosen because of innovation demonstrated in a specific international program or initiative. During their review, the selection jury was especially impressed by FDU’s use of technology for faculty development and curriculum internationalization. NAFSA’s annual report recognizes institutions that are leaders in the growing effort across higher education to better prepare students for a global economy and an interconnected world.

Scorza said, “FDU has embraced technology as a key component of our global learning mission for nearly a decade.  Through initiatives such as UN Pathways, Global Issues Gateway, and the Global Virtual Faculty program, as well as through on-line courses like the Global Challenge (Core A), FDU has emerged as a leader and innovator in this area.”

FDU President J. Michael Adams and Scorza lead faculty retreats to FDU’s Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England. Selected faculty spend a week exploring the impact of globalization on their programs and developing proposals for new courses, the internationalization of existing courses, new courses involving study abroad, new ways to make use of the Global Virtual Faculty and Global Virtual Classroom programs, and new ways to employ technology in promoting internationalization. These retreats act as an incentive and an inspiration to internationalize the curriculum.

Throughout the university, innovative applications of technology allow FDU to further the goals of internationalization. This is shown in the Global Challenge and other online and blended courses, as well as in the Global Virtual Faculty program. The Global Issues Gateway Web site   http://gig.org   serves as a gateway between the university and the world. The site offers Exploring Globalization, a peer-reviewed academic journal with articles, essays, interviews and book reviews on globalization.

There is a Global Events component offering a free archive of streaming videos of global events held at FDU including the UN Pathways series. In addition, the site houses a flagship project, Global Virtual Classroom, that provides essential tools to connect an FDU classroom and a classroom located anywhere in the world.

The Office of Global Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning collaborate on faculty workshops emphasizing global learning applications of instructional technology.

The university is invited to a recognition ceremony in May in Los Angeles where Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank will give the plenary address.


About NAFSA:

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field.  Hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to serve the Association and thousands advocate for international education. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by setting standards of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education. To learn more, visit http://www.nafsa.org/

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