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Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute for International Education, advised America’s university trustees that, “U.S. institutions of higher education need foreign policies, but not in the traditional sense of the phrase. Their leaders need to formulate institution-wide policies to assess their current engagement with the world and future strategic agenda.”

TU’s “foreign policy” is reflected in our mission statement, to educate “men and women of diverse backgrounds and cultures” to “welcome the responsibility of citizenship and service in a changing world.” As part of this mission, TU has identified internationalization as an institutional priority. The internationalization strategic plan seeks to make international, intercultural or global awareness a central formative experience for all TU students.


  • Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization

    In 2009, TU joined the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory, a cohort of universities that works closely with ACE staff to develop internationalization goals and develop strategic plans. President Steadman Upham appointed Cheryl Matherly, then associate provost for global education, and Bryan Tapp, chair of the Department of Geosciences, as cochairs of the Internationalization Laboratory Steering Committee.

    During the 2010 academic year, the steering committee and six subcommittees that involved more than 80 faculty and staff, developed a thorough and inclusive portrait of TU’s current level of international engagement. The committee collected data from various stakeholders within and outside of the institution, completed an institutional self-study using a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of TU’s current level of internationalization, and developed the recommendations that form the foundation of the SPCI. The steering committee presented the draft strategic plan to the campus community for feedback as part of a series of town hall meetings during fall 2010. The ACE staff chaired a peer review team visit in December 2010 to provide feedback on the plan and its implementation. A subgroup of the steering committee consulted with the provost, the executive vice president, and the vice president for institutional advancement to establish a 10-year implementation plan and associated budget. The Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization and the implementation plan were approved by the TU Board of Trustees in May 2011.

    The plan identified six recommendations for preparing TU’s foreign policy and successfully promoting comprehensive internationalization:

    1. Establish centralized leadership for TU’s internationalization plan. TU centralized responsibility for the implementation of SPCI recommendations by creating a new position, vice provost for global education and the Internationalization Leadership Council (ILC).
    2. Develop international activities that support the university’s leadership with interdisciplinary initiatives. The SPCI called for TU to provide leadership in local, national and global communities on crucial questions facing world societies today, as related to the university’s key interdisciplinary initiatives: energy, technology and the environment; cyber security; indigenous populations; community health; and entrepreneurship.
    3. Deepen university programs in strategic geographic regions. TU is strengthening its concentration on Asia and establishing a strategic focus on the Americas.
    4. Enhance recruitment of international students. TU is proud of its diverse international student community and values the contributions these students make to the culture of the university.
    5. Create programs that will support TU’s activities to competitively recruit top academic students. The SPCI recommended distinctive experiences for undergraduate and graduate students that can contribute to the university’s recruitment goals.
    6. Address infrastructure issues. While not specific to internationalization, infrastructure issues that support the implementation of the strategic plan, such our IT services.
  • Quality Initiative

    Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative

    The University of Tulsa has proposed the Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization as our Quality Initiative (QI) under the Open Pathways for Reaffirmation of Accreditation. The QI focuses on four milestones that will establish international, intercultural or global awareness as a central formative experience for TU undergraduate students.

    The SPCI is a ten-year plan adopted and begun in May 2011. While important progress has already been made with recommendations in the SPCI, work continues in all areas with key constituencies involved across campus. The QI identifies four milestones that will establish international, intercultural or global awareness as central formative experiences for TU undergraduate students as follows:

    1. Develop and fully implement the TU Global Scholars program.
    2. Deepen interdisciplinary teaching around critical global issues associated with TU’s research institutes, including energy, technology and environment; indigenous populations; community health; and entrepreneurship.
    3. Significantly increase participation in study abroad by developing education abroad tracks for each undergraduate major.
    4. Deepen the engagement between TU’s undergraduate international students and domestic students, both in and out of the classroom.


    Click here to view the 2014 Quality Initiative Proposal.

  • Internationalization Leadership Council

    The Internationalization Leadership Council (ILC) includes representation from each college and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

    ILC members are responsible for serving as internationalization liaisons for their respective colleges or division, awarding Faculty Internationalization Grants and reviewing proposals for new academic partnerships. They also have assumed key leadership positions for implementing projects described in TU’s Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization.

    ILC members were nominated by their respective deans or vice presidents for terms of two years (renewable for one term) or three years (non-renewing).

    ILC Committee Members:

    • Jane Kucko, Vice Provost for Global Education
    • Timothy Urban, Professor of Operations Management (Representing the Graduate School)
    • Pamela Smith, Dean of International Services and Programs
    • Robert Butkin, Professor of Law
    • Jackie Caldwell, Vice President for Diversity and Engagement and Director of Presidential Scholars
    • Dan Crunkleton, Professor of Chemical Engineering
    • Steve Denton, Director of New Student Programs and Services
    • Rhonda Martin, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences
    • Mike Troilo, Assistant Professor of International Business
    • Michael Mosher, Professor and Chair of Political Science