SOCCIS Campus Visits

The SOCCIS Steering Committee meetings constitute a series of networking and informational sessions hosted by a SOCCIS member institution. Host institutions, both private and public, have the opportunity to profile their campus international activities and to focus on international programs of major importance. The host institution is also able to bring together various campus administrators to discuss their areas of responsibility and how they see the future of international education at their institution. SOCCIS Steering Committee members can compare and contrast activities at the host institution with the international programs and activities at other institutions.

Campus Visit Agendas and Campus Programs planned for:

Rotating Campus Visits List 1998-2009

October 9, 2009
Loyola Marymount University

March 27, 2009
University of San Diego

October 23, 2008
University of California, Los Angeles

May 2, 2008
University of California, Santa Barbara

October 5, 2007
Loyola Marymount University

April 13, 2007
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

September 29, 2006
Loyola Marymount University

April 21, 2006
Pepperdine University

September 23, 2005
Loyola Marymount University

April 22, 2005
California State University, Northridge

October 22, 2004
Loyola Marymount University

April 16, 2004
California State University, San Bernardino

September 25, 2003
Loyola Marymount University

Friday, May 9, 2003
Loyola Marymount University

May 10, 2002
California State University, Fullerton

May 11, 2001
Whittier College

May 5, 2000
California State Polytechnic, Pomona

April 9, 1999
University of San Diego
With the participation of San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego

May 13, 1998
California State University, Long Beach

MAY 10, 2002

Welcome Remarks
President Milton A. Gordon

Panel - Internationalization at CSU Fullerton
Models of Inter-institutional Cooperation

Challenges and Opportunities since September 11

From left to right:
Dr. Keith Boyum, Associate Vice-President, Academic Programs
Dr. Ephraim Smith, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Dr. Angela della Volpe, Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Harry Norman, Dean, University Extended Education
Dr. Thomas Johnson, Associate Dean, College of Business and Economics

Special Reports
International Student Issues and Study Abroad/Exchange Programs

Dr. Linda Andersen, Professor and Program Coordinator, CSUF
Mr. Bob Ericksen, Director, International Education and Exchange

SOCCIS Business Session

Dr. Carlos Haro
SOCCIS Executive Officer and Assistant Dean
International Studies and Overseas Programs
University of California, Los Angeles

A Post 9/11 Perspective on International Education

Bob Ericksen,
Director, International Education and Exchange,
California State University, Fullerton
(714) 278-2787

SOCCIS meeting, May 10, 2002

There are three primary challenges to me as an administrator of a comprehensive international office which serves international students as well as study abroad students.
· In light of the imminent foreign student "tracking" system implementation, how do we continue to provide excellent services to our 1500 international students without compromising our role as educators and student advocates? In a time of limited resources, how can we afford to devote so much to the implementation of "SEVIS" (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)?
· How can we get a critical mass of students to study abroad? What are effective strategies to increase our disappointing numbers? Does 9/11 give us an opportunity to market study abroad more effectively?
· How can we facilitate- and encourage- increased international activity at the university while, at the same time, paying increased attention to liability issues and legal/immigration issues? Can we be appropriately attentive to these matters and not discourage faculty/university international initiatives?

It is a time of some discouragement. The Federal agencies which oversee various aspects of international exchange, U.S. INS and the U.S. Department of State, face overwhelming challenges in reform to effectively monitor students' presence in the U.S.(for INS) and for screening visa applicants (for Dept. of State). School officials have little confidence that the implementation of the SEVIS tracking system will be smooth or effective. Yet, we are reluctant to speak openly about this, for fear of being portrayed as unpatriotic or unsupportive of the "war on terrorism".

Implementation of SEVIS will be very costly for college and university administrations who take these responsibilities seriously. Institutions with limited resources may find themselves forced out of the "business" of admitting international students. Hopefully, the INS' recertification process will result in the elimination of bogus institutions offering programs for international students.

Institutions and professional associations have occasionally been unfairly portrayed in the media as resistant to any efforts to maintain international student information in an electronic format. Media attention to international students has focused on visa violators, blurring the distinction between a visa violation and involvement with terrorism. This seems to feed the politicians' eagerness to restrict international students, who actually comprise less than 2% of non-immigrant visa-holders in the U.S. The role of international education as a positive component of the "solution" to terrorism has been largely ignored.

Higher education professional associations (NAFSA: Assn. Of International Educators, AASCU-American Assn. Of State Colleges and Universities, ACE-American Council on Education, AACRAO-American Assn. Of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, etc.) have collaborated as never before to present a unified position on the SEVIS program and to minimize the impact on the educational process. With the SEVIS debate behind us, we have an opportunity for the associations to collaborate in building a national policy on international education.

Interest in study abroad appears undiminished. In fact, there appears to be increased interest in some areas. The post 9/11 revelations about the dismal state of U.S. Americans' knowledge of other languages provides dramatic evidence of the need for unified national support for growth of area studies, foreign language education, and increased aid for study abroad.

International students have been hit with many strong emotions; feeling blamed, feeling they cannot express their feelings honestly, and feeling confused by the mixed messages and struggles they are witnessing in U.S society. International Student offices like ours are struggling to give our students the knowledge, skills, and resources to sort out the complexities of these issues.

On a personal level, to know that even one accused terrorist had been a student, I feel a loss of my faith that every international student would find something of value in our society to enrich his or her life and perspective. I feel we have been distracted from our real mission, to, instead, be spending an inordinate amount of time defending our programs and attending to legislative attacks on international education. I see students and institutions who do abuse the privileges given to them as participants in international education, and this deeply disappoints me. I also see countless serious and enthusiastic participants in international education, who, every day, remind me that we are engaged in the most exciting profession in the world. We have a new, and stronger voice on the campus and in the nation. I hope that this can bring us together as we build international education as an essential component, affirmed through policy and resources, for a more secure nation and world.

For my perspective on the ethical considerations of international educators in these challenging times as well as the views of other international educators, I encourage you to review the Winter 2002 issue of International Educator magazine, published by NAFSA: Assn. Of International Educators.

California State University Fullerton (CSUF)

Spring 2002 Report to the CSUF International Education Committee

Keith Boyum
Associate Vice President, Academic Programs
March 27, 2002

I am pleased to provide an overview of campus international activity. Please note that it is surely incomplete, and happily so, because there is more globalization ongoing at our large institution than we can comprehensively survey via usual channels. However, what follows is based on very helpful reports from University Extended Education (including the American Language Program), from most of the colleges, and from International Education & Exchange. My thanks go to the deans and others who helped pull this review together, and to Bob Ericksen for stimulating the effort to do so. Each of our 7 colleges is represented in fresh initiatives to internationalize our student and faculty experiences. While there is still - always - much more to do, I think we can all take heart in this review.

As of Spring, 2002:

University Extended Education (UEE), through Dean Harry Norman, and its Coordinator of International Programs, Trankiem Luu, is facilitating CSUF involvement in learning via partnerships and contracts in Vietnam, in other southeast Asian nations [Singapore and others], in India via delivery of certificate programs, in China by partnering with CSUF colleges, and via certificate programs delivered in many locations. American Language Program offerings both in Fullerton and in a remarkable variety of locations abroad, have helped to extend even further the reach of this campus: with 202 students enrolled, a new record was set in Fall 2001.

The College of the Arts is embracing relationships with institutions abroad, including, for example, Dr. Vance Wolverton's (Music) relationships with conservatories in Baltic nations (Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania).

Recently Trinity College in Wales has been featured. Dr. Joan Melton (Theatre) has led in establishing warm relationships between the Theatre department at this small college and our own department of Theatre and Dance. Dr. Melton has paid professional visits to Trinity, and her efforts were reciprocated in part by a visit paid by the Head of the program at Trinity to CSU Fullerton in February. With the enthusiastic cooperation of faculty and administrators in the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of the Arts, plans are being laid for two or three Trinity students to study at CSUF in Fall semesters, and an equal number of CSUF students to study at Trinity in Spring semesters.

The College of Business & Economics under Dean Anil Puri has enjoyed a broad and continuing association with Fachhochschule Nuertingen involving faculty and student exchanges. The college has many other international projects and involvements to report for its AACSB accreditation mandate for globalized faculty and student experiences. The delivery of the CSUF M.B.A. degree in Lima, Peru has been ongoing although some administrative issues have arisen recently.

The College of Communications under Dean Rick Pullen is preparing to deploy its M.A. in Communications in China beginning this calendar year. The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) of the University of Hong Kong will partner in this effort, providing recruitment and on-site administration. Communications faculty will spend a semester in China, splitting their time between Hong Kong and Shanghai. Upcoming shortly is a review by WASC, the final permission required for this bold venture. It is worth brief mention, at least, that the college also enjoys other international relationships, including with institutions and faculty in England and New Zealand.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science under Dean Raman Unnikrishnan is looking forward to its developing relationship with Fachhochschule Karlsruhe (Germany). In a recent report, the dean offered a long list of international professional involvements on the part of ECS faculty.

The College of Human Development & Community Service (HDCS) under Acting Dean Judith Ramirez is deepening relationships with the University of New England (Australia) among others. In this, we are pleased to build upon CSUF Chair of Counseling Dr. Jeffrey Kottler's relationships with faculty at the U. of N.E. Upon a recent visit to CSUF by a senior representative of the U. of N.E., CSUF faculty and HDCS administrative leaders discussed various plans for cooperation that may be appropriate for further development. Among these is possible participation of CSUF Counseling faculty in U. of N.E. programs delivered in locations abroad. Some of these may be at the doctoral level, and would feature distance education. Meanwhile, HDCS faculty are also preparing an application for a Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad faculty project while celebrating many individual faculty relationships with colleagues abroad.

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences under Dean Thomas Klammer continues its interest in Vietnam. With Dr. Dennis Berg on-site in Ho Chi Minh City for a second year (this year as a Fulbright Fellow), opportunities are being developed for new ways and means for cooperation with Vietnamese universities. The Foreign Languages and Literatures faculty continue to welcome each year an exchange professor from Fudan University (Shanghai, China), who is assigned to teach Chinese. HSS has expanded its consortial participation in the London Semester, offering the program now every semester rather than once annually. HSS has also announced a new Florence Semester, designed with goals very similar to the London Semester.

The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics under Dean Kolf Jayaweera supports relationships in Thailand and England, encouraging faculty-led student study in a variety of venues. These include Chiang Mai University in north-western Thailand, which is among the institutions visited in January by a delegation led by Chemistry Professor Richard Deming, and which included President Gordon, HDCS Associate Dean Mickey Hollis, and Associate Vice President Keith Boyum. Still more recently, Dean Kolf Jayaweera and Dr. Michael Horn, Professor of Zoology, visited the Universidad del Pacifico in Ecuador.. We look forward to reciprocal student exchanges and research that may be able to focus upon very interesting environments, perhaps to include the Galapagos Islands. NSM faculty continue as well their interests in more than one institution in Mexico.

Administratively led by Academic Programs, university-wide delegations have been formed for the eleventh annual Fudan / Central University for Nationalities (in Shanghai/Beijing), China Faculty Seminar upcoming in June. For the first time, a second June delegation has also been formed, this one bound for Lithuania, there to be hosted by our partner, Kaunas University of Technology. The group will stop at three locations in Lithuania [a nation of three million which emerged from Soviet domination only in 1991, and which now seeks EU and NATO membership].

In a productive partnership with the Faculty Development Center and with the able leadership of Dr. Ed Trotter, a Mission & Goals initiative has resulted in a request for proposals from faculty for projects that would result in globalized student learning experiences. A required element of proposals is dollar support from college deans. Also, Dr. Linda Andersen, Professor of French, the CSUF representative on the Steering Committee for the Southern California Consortium for International Studies (SOCCIS) is leading preparations for CSUF to host SOCCIS' spring Campus Visit on May 10th.

The January 2002 Academic Affairs Forum featuring issues of internationalizing students, faculty and curriculum and globalization in general was well-attended. The audience appreciated remarks from John Hudzik, Dean of International Programs at Michigan State, and Carlos Cortes, emeritus Professor of History, U.C. Riverside.

As of March 2002, the Academic Senate is debating whether to require second language competency as a condition for graduation at CSUF. Probably this requirement would be waived for students in high-unit programs, and discussions are ongoing as to how to "count" heritage language proficiency that may be limited largely to oral and listening skills. President Gordon has declared his support in general terms for such an exit requirement, and the proposal arises at a time of record high demand for admission to CSUF [and apparently even higher demand for admission to CSU Long Beach and to San Diego State], which greatly lessens some concerns that by adding a new requirement for the bachelor's degree we would lose students to nearby CSU campuses.

Several proposals forwarded in this year's round of requests for President Gordon's Mission & Goals Initiatives were based on international themes and topics.


MAY 11, 2001

Welcome Remarks
David J. Muller, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Comments by Carlos Manuel Haro, SOCCIS Executive Director
Introduction of Campus Institutional Representatives

Panel Topic - Internationalizing Across the Curriculum

"How a Small Liberal Arts College 'Internationalizes' Across the Curriculum: Whittier College, A Case Study"

Moderator: Joyce Kaufman, Associate Academic Dean and Director, Scholars Program

Faculty Panel:

Les Howard, Professor of Sociology

Mike McBride, Professor of Political Science and Director of
Foreign Study

Paul Kjellberg, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of
Asian Studies

Doreen O'Connor-Gomez, Associate Professor of Spanish and
Director of International Studies

Marie-Magdeleine Chirol, Associate Professor of French


MAY 5, 2000

California State Polytechnic Pomona Program

Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Marvin Klein, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs

Comments by Dr. Carlos M. Haro, SOCCIS Executive Officer
Introductions by Campuses Institutional Representatives

Panel Topics: campus overview: demographics, new construction, organization of international programming, e.g. International Center, College of the Extended University, English Language Institute, ESL courses, colleges, admissions, etc.; curricular initiatives, such as Council for International Education Exchange, study abroad, faculty grants, and integration into curriculum
Panel Moderator: Dr. Jean Aigner, Director, International Center

Dr. Eric McLaughlin, Director, Graduate Programs, College of Business Administration (CBA)
Topic: overseas MBA programs and international involvement

Dr. Barbara Way, Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS)
Topics: CLASS involvement in study abroad programs, including China and London, Cuba programming and collaboration

Dr. David Fite, Interim Director, Faculty Center for Professional Development
Topics: Research Forum, summer seminars and collaboration

Panel Topics: Institutional responses to internationalization, including surveys conducted by the International Center, campus climate, and WASC
Panel Moderator: Dr. Jean Aigner, Director, International Center

Steve Frieze, Interim Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Topic: International Center surveys and results

Donna Albro, Executive Director, Diversity and Compliance Programs
Topic: campus climate

Dr. D.D. Wills, WASC Coordinator, Academic Programs
Topic: WASC and internationalization

Visit the International Center

Panel Topics: International Center programs and initiatives, introduction of staff
Panel Moderator: Dr. Jean Aigner, Director, International Center

Ying Cao, International Recruitment/ Study Abroad, International Center
Topics: recruiting, recruiting scholarships and funding

Judy Mitchell, International Student Advisor, International Center
Topics: international student programs, merit scholarships

Dr. Jean Aigner, Director, International Center
Topic: lottery scholarships for study abroad

Doug Glaeser, Program Development Coordinator, International Center
Topics: training projects, linkage grants


APRIL 9, 1999

Theme: Globalization of the Curriculum in the New Millennium

Welcome - Dr. Francis Lazarus, Academic Vice-President and Provost at USD

Panel -University of San Diego's International Vision

Moderator: Sister Maureen Cronin, Associate Provost

Panelists: Dr. Patrick Drinan, Dean of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Kenneth Serbin, History Department
Dr. Ellen Cook, School of Business
Dr. Jorge Vargas, Law School

Lunch Manchester Conference Center
Comments by Sister Maureen Cronin, Associate Provost USD and
Dr. Carlos M. Haro, SOCCIS Executive Officer

Presentations - San Diego State University

Dr. Alan Sweedler, Assistant Vice-President for International Programs
Dr. Hugo Murrillo, Professor of History
Ms. Lynn Garcia, Administrative Assistant in International Programs

Presentation - University of California, San Diego

Presentation by Dr. Ann Craig, Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College University of California, San Diego


MAY 13, 1998

I. Introductions and SOCCIS Welcome
Dr. John N. Hawkins, Dean
International Studies and Overseas Programs
University of California, Los Angeles

International Education at California State University, Long Beach - An Overview

II. Welcome to CSULB
Dr. Marilyn Jensen, Associate Vice President
Academic Affairs

III. Deans Presentations
Dr. Dorothy Abrahamse, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Don Lauda, College of Health & Human Services

IV. Faculty Panel
Dr. Clorinda Donato, Chair, Romance, German, and Russian Languages and
Dr. John Tsuchida, Chair, Asian, and Asian American Studies
Dr. Ben Wisner, Director, International Studies

V. Tour of CSULB Campus.

VI. Lunch in Chartroom (Pacific Room)

VII. Presentation on Center for
International Education
Paul M. Lewis, Director
Robert Prather, Asst. Dir./International Admissions
Grace Winchell, Asst. Dir/Intl. Student Services

VIII. University College and Extension Services
Dr. Marilyn Crego, Associate Dean, UCES
Dr. Debra Jonas, Director, American Language

IX. International Education Committee
Dr. Elaine Haglund, Professor, Social Foundations
Of Education, and Co-Chair, International Education

X. SOCCIS Business Session
Dr. Carlos Haro, Assistant Dean
International Studies and Overseas Programs
University of California, Los Angeles