International Education Council

Role statement

The International Education Council serves in an advisory capacity to initiate, review, and recommend policies dealing with the international aspects of the University’s mission and goals. The council serves to advocate the continued internationalization of the University and to maintain review of the University’s various administrative arrangements, policies and procedures for the conduct of international programs and activities.

The council’s oversight includes internationalization activities on campus including, but not limited to, internationalization of the curriculum and enrichment of the international development and experience of faculty, staff and students, as well as the University’s presence in other countries and territories.


In addition to the specific responsibilities and functions noted in the International Education Council’s role statement and the work of its committees, the Faculty Senate Executive Board charges the IEC to consider, as a committee of the whole or through the appropriate sub-committee or task force, the following issues:

  1. Review the scope and description of the role statement and standing charges and assess the effectiveness of council practices.
  2. Collaborate with the Ad Hoc Committee on General Education in examination of general education curriculum specifically in regard to assessment of how well the program prepares students for a global future. Make recommendations for possible general education enhancements related to this issue.
  3. Explore mechanisms that may encourage faculty to develop and/or participate in bringing global perspectives to their own areas of teaching and research; recommend and provide avenues of support as needed. Explore ways to increase faculty engagement in international research and internationalization of the curriculum.  Explore new programs to reach faculty members.
  4. Address any continuing or outstanding issues or initiatives as deemed necessary by the council. To the extent possible conclude any outstanding initiative by producing a memorandum of action, report or resolution.
  5. Assess and if appropriate make recommendations regarding how WMU is serving the internationalization needs of the community.
  6. Review the processes related to WMU students who study abroad and develop a report recommending changes that will increase student participation in study abroad programs.
  • follow up on marketing study (Anne Veeck’s)
  • support integration of study abroad into University curricula (particularly general education)
  • improve academic consistency of study abroad courses
  • Review the processes related to international students who study at WMU and develop a report recommending changes that will increase the number of international students studying at WMU and recommend strategies to align the academic demands for serving these students with university resources.  Support efforts to address linguistic and academic culture problems of international students across the university.
  • Review recommendations from the American Council of Education (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory, from both the internal report and the Peer Review report. Evaluate which recommendations can be acted upon by the IEC.
  • Review the structure and function of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education with the goal of improving efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Note

    It is understood the IEC will seek information from and communicate with all administrative offices necessary to carry out its charges, especially the Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE). The IEC is expected to keep the Senate Executive Board apprised of progress, especially in connection with any MOA it may develop and to give advance notice of any action the IEC seeks to place on the Senate agenda, including the final text of any proposed MOA, report or resolution. The Executive Board should also be notified of substantive procedural issues addressed by the IEC. The IEC shall provide a written summary of its progress on the above charges and any other activities undertaken no later than June 30, 2015.