Internationalization plans for higher education institutions

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Many studies have been conducted on the internationalization of higher education. Yet little is known about institutional plans for internationalization. This article presents the results of a study conducted with the American Council on Education’s Center for International Initiatives on the types, prevalence, development, implementation, and monitoring of inter- nationalization plans at 31 Association of International Education Administrator institu- tions. Internationalization plans are found in existence at 71% of the institutions. The article discusses the development of an internationalization plan typology, developed based on analysis of these internationalization plans, and can be used by higher education administra- tors and scholars in designing and evaluating internationalization plans to address specific institutional needs. Moreover, the study identifies five overarching benefits and functions of internationalization plans: An internationalization plan serves as a (a) roadmap for interna- tionalization, (b) vehicle to develop buy-in, (c) mechanism for explaining the meaning and goals of internationalization, (d) medium for interdisciplinary collaboration, and (e) tool for fund-raising. Keywords:

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  • Higher education
  • Internationalization
  • Internationalization plan
  • Strategic plan
  • University

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  • Lisa K. Childress

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