REPORT WKU ALUMNI IDEAS ON WKU INTERNATIONAL REACH
REPORT WKU ALUMNI IDEAS ON WKU INTERNATIONAL REACH
- 1. July 8, 2010 International Reachs WKU Alumni Association LinkedIn Group Report By Luis Ore - WKU Alumni Board of Directors member gathering suggestions from WKU Alumni Association LinkedIn Group. This report summarizes some ideas that were shared during an attempt to bring in together ideas, suggestions and initiatives from some WKU Alumni Association LinkedIn Group members with the purpose of sharing their voices and thoughts with the WKU Alumni Board. This conversation began when a question was posted with the purpose of engaging WKU Alumni connected through LinkedIn while fostering a space to build upon each others ideas, experiences and expertise. They responded to the question: How can the WKU Alumni Association help WKU fulfill the with International Reach part of the universitys vision: A Leading American University with International Reach? Summary of some ideas offered by WKU Alumni: 1. Attract more international students which would add experience to all students attending WKU. 2. WKU should connect with the Education USA initiative (US State Department) It with students who want to attend universities in the USA. 3. Provide ways for WKU Alumni doing international work or working internationally to connect with each other. 4. Develop Alumni groups or student mentoring programs: Utilize Alumni overseas alumni to promote or create Alumni groups or student mentoring programs to share international experiences. 5. Tap into the international experience of its alumni to share experiences with current business students as well as prospective international students, sharing real world experience of international business, via seminars, guest speakers, online webinars, etc. 6. Attract more international students by providing scholarships. 7. Seek donors to establish a series of scholarships for a pool of scholars that seeks to provide international education to a group of students. (Example: McDonnell Scholars Academy. http://mcdonnell.wustl.edu/) 8. Seek collaboration or partnering opportunities with faculty with international connections.
2. 9. Encourage faculty and students to create and develop joint initiatives and international programs. 10.Host recruitment events in target countries; establish one or two international recruiters for this purpose. 11.Have Alumni in their country of residence to host recruitment events. 12.Establish a global recruitment director at WKU to coordinate the work of these international recruiters Alumni spread internationally. Establish a unit with goals and objectives, a strategic plan and measurement of success. Allocate some funding for this type of position. 13.Establish a WKU alumni /international student community manager. This manager could get together alumni and perspective international students through social media (LinkeIN.com, Facebook.com, Xing.com, etc) 14.Marketing to spread the word of the programs in place and the part of the international reach part of the vision, share information of what WKU is doing toward its international reach. For instance, sharing stories of WKU Alumni achieving big things abroad. 15.Support short-term international programs focused on building capacity and encourage WKU alumni (graduates) to apply for long-term placement international programs like PeaceCorps, and share those experiences with WKU students. Example for short assignments: http://www.coyotecommunications.com/volunteer/international.html 16.Sponsor international service learning programs; WKU students could learn at WKU and then take them abroad to apply the learned skills. 17.Establish a committee or task force to work with diverse WKU offices and stakeholders on campus to create synergies to present proposals and suggestions to advance WKUs interests in being a university with international reach. 18.Provide finding for study abroad programs. 19.Promote programs to foster a better awareness and global mindset to WKU students to equip them for real world of interdependence, globalization, and global context by fund pilot programs that can positively impact abroad, students could engage in service learning and civic engagement efforts internationally. 20.Alumni chapters in the US could help WKU connect with "international communities" in the US so WKU students can have exposure and learning experiences in different environments collaborating with service learning 3. projects with marginalized international communities or communities of refugees in the US and gain some cross-cultural experience. 21.Collaborate with existing international programs and events on campus to further WKUs interests in being a university with international reach. 22.Alumni with international experience/contacts can serve as mentors for prospective students abroad, for students with a study-abroad-experience seeking an outlet, for international students interested in building an American and abroad network. The need: Current US students need mentors and role-models to help answer the question "what can I do with my international study abroad experience that will get me a better job?" Many are unsure of the benefits of study abroad experiences. Suggestion: Alumni with international contacts/experience could serve as mentors for prospective study abroad students AND those that have returned and need seek an outlet AND for international students looking to build an American network both in the US and abroad (home country). 23.WKU has undergraduate Study Abroad Ambassadors. Suggestion: Why not having an Alumnus version found via an online community search engine that could match current students with alumni based on categories such as career/major/countries/home town etc? This can be great tool for the WKU Study Abroad Office to point students (and their parents) to.