Office of International Education

International Strategic Plan

IPFW International Strategic Plan 2012


I.          PURPOSE

The purpose of the IPFW International Strategic Plan shall be to serve as formal institutional guidance and policy to foster the internationalization of the campus in all affairs. The development of the International Strategic Plan will be overseen by the IPFW International Education Council and approved by the Chancellor. The International Strategic Plan shall promote and enhance IPFW’s international activities by initiating and developing policy recommendations concerning international issues; providing guidance and oversight in the development and administration of international programs, external partnerships, and opportunities for international research and collaboration; supporting the international exchange of students, faculty, and staff; and promoting other activities that support the internationalization of the University.   

II.        International Mission

International education is an integral part of regional education, because the world our graduates will encounter no longer stops at the borders of Fort Wayne, the state lines of Indiana, or the shores of the United States. As a leader in regional education and social transformation, IPFW promotes an international curriculum, engages in international research and creative endeavors, increases opportunities for international economic development in the region, and exposes the university and the community to diverse international cultures. 


III.      Specific Strategies/Plans


A.    International Partnerships and International Agreements

International Exchange promotes cultural understanding, collaboration in academic projects and research, and the sharing of ideas and resources.  IPFW will engage in partnerships with institutions around the world that complement the University’s vision and commitment to academic excellence.  Agreements can be pursued by either departments or by the University and will be approved by the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

GOAL:     Establish criteria for engaging in international activities and developing cooperation agreements with international partners1

The following criteria should be assessed when considering an institutional partner:


·      IPFW should review and evaluate multiple sources in order to determine the stature of the potential partner and how that institution will complement the University’s mission, academic strengths, and vision. The expectation is that IPFW will engage in linkages with peer institutions of the highest caliber. However, what constitutes appropriate partnerships may vary with the mission and academic focus of the specific academic units involved.


·      Partnerships should be mutually beneficial. Many institutions overseas may already have numerous ongoing and substantial international partnerships. IPFW may, therefore, look beyond some of the more obvious comparable peer universities to others that might complement IPFW or present excellent opportunities for collaboration.


·      Sustainability of the affiliation should be a major factor when selecting a partner institution. IPFW should evaluate the potential for partner institutions to contribute to the exchange as well as IPFW student interest in exchanges and faculty interest in joint research programs and other collaborative activities.


·      When relevant, IPFW should develop relationships with universities that have an established infrastructure for hosting overseas study students.


·      IPFW’s affiliations have typically involved only one or two departments and seldom more than one school. Whenever possible, partnerships should involve collaboration of two or more schools across the university in order to leverage broader connections with the partner.


·      Recently approved international cooperation agreements and student exchange programs have largely focused on countries in East Asia, including China, Taiwan, and South Korea. While this is in line with current global trends and has established strong linkages that should continue to benefit the University into the future, it is important that IPFW continue to identify new geographic areas and emerging markets in which to seek future partnerships.


·      The University will work with academic units to identify faculty currently engaged in international collaborative activities in order to initiate formal institutional agreements with new partners. IPFW will also actively encourage faculty to engage in international collaborative activities that may lead to development of more formal agreements and exchanges.


1Adapted from: Indiana University International Strategic Plan, 2008:, (Appendix B, Goal 11)

1.     Campus Level Action Steps:

a.        Encourage network and friendship-building with overseas institutions through mutual education visits and co-sponsored cultural events - ONGOING

b.        Create database of existing international partnerships, procedures - DONE

c.         Build “sister university” relations with overseas universities - ONGOING

d.        Designate a source of funding to support students, faculty, and staff, who participate in international programs and activities – ONGOING/IN DEVELOPMENT

e.        The Office of International Education will provide the following guidance to academic units for engaging in international activities and seeking approval to establish cooperation agreements with international partners:  - ONGOING/IN DEVELOPMENT

                                                                     i.      How to enter into agreements

                                                                   ii.      With whom to enter into agreements

                                                                  iii.      Appropriate areas under which agreements should be entered

                                                                 iv.      When to enter into agreements

                                                                   v.      Where to enter into agreements

f.      Partner with Academic Affairs and departments to communicate opportunities and procedures - ONGOING

g.     Adopt a strategy that offers reasonable tuition to partner institutions when negotiating program contracts (see “Guidelines for establishing international activities and exchanges”) - ONGOING

2.     School or Unit-Level Action Steps:

a.     Develop internal proposal procedures, assess existing partnerships

b.     Develop strategy to identify future partners in terms of academic strengths, geographic location and potential for successful collaboration

B.     International Student Recruitment Initiatives

International students enrich university life, bring international perspectives into the classroom, and largely do well academically.  Additionally, promoting more of an international presence will enhance the growing global connections that Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana are cultivating.  Most international students pay out-of-state tuition and generate a significant amount of revenue for the university. 

GOAL:      Increase International Student Recruitment at a Steady Rate

IPFW should develop and implement a comprehensive international student enrollment management plan consistent with campus internationalization strategies:


·         The University will continue to work to determine optimal international student enrollment levels, utilizing comprehensive enrollment management strategies


·         The University will seek to understand the flow of international students to the institution


·         Current IPFW international student recruitment activities, in line with current trends and the global educational market have focused primarily in East Asia, including China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Future recruitment activities will seek to maintain established sources of recruitment in these geographic areas and to expand into new regions as identified both through strategic research and areas in which IPFW has established international partnerships and collaborative activities. New regions into which IPFW will seek to expand international recruitment activities will include, but are not limited to: South Asia, including India and Bangladesh; the Middle East, including sponsored students of Saudi Arabia; and South America, including Brazil.


·         In order to better compete with peer institutions in the recruitment of quality international students, IPFW has partnered with ELS Language Centers to establish a full-time intensive English program on campus.  IPFW will issue Conditional Letters of Admission (CLA) for qualified undergraduate and graduate candidates who meet the admission requirement of the University but who do not yet meet the University’s English proficiency admission requirement at the time of application.  IPFW agrees to matriculate academically-qualified ELS students after they have successfully completed their ELS course work, and have fulfilled any other requirements outlined in their Conditional Letter of Admission. ELS will also actively promote educational opportunities at IPFW and recruit qualified students to seek admission into IPFW undergraduate and graduate programs.  


·         The University will continue to work with select international student recruitment agencies in the identified strategic areas to promote opportunities at IPFW to prospective students in their home countries.  The criteria to be used in identifying agencies with whom IPFW will partner will be based on the Guidelines for Ethical Practices in International Student Recruitment established by NAFSA: The Association for International Educators. IPFW will consider entering into formal recruitment agreements with certain select agencies that meet these guidelines and who have established their intent to work in the best interests to serve the needs to the institution and prospective students. Such agreements may provide for payment of a promotional allowance to those agencies for the services that they provide in marketing IPFW to international students. Proposals to enter into formal recruitment agreements with such agencies will be reviewed by the Office of International Education, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs prior to submitting to the Chancellor for approval.


1.     Campus Level Action Steps:

a.    Develop and implement a comprehensive international recruitment/enrollment plan – ONGOING

b.   Establish an Intensive English Program that provides English proficiency training to international students whose test scores are below the language requirement for admission. The Program should offer related activities, such as a cultural programs.– IN PROGRESS