Board of Regents' Advisory Committee on Global Engagement
The Boston College Board of Regents provides counsel and support to the president and the Board of Trustees on strategic priorities and matters essential to the future of the University. In the area of global engagement and impact, this Committee will assist Boston College by developing recommendations to 1) promote outreach and strengthen ties of Boston College alumni and parents living in international locations among themselves and with BC itself; 2) increase awareness of Boston College and its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs among potential students around the world; and 3) suggest ways in which Boston College, especially its students, faculty and staff, could help resolve pressing problems in such areas as education, health, and energy around the globe through volunteer service, partnerships, and exchange programs.
Shirine Al Aggad, P’19
Tarek O. Al Aggad, P’19
Elizabeth Tully Berry, CSON ’88, P’19
Carlos de la Cruz, CSOM ’85
Roch Hillenbrand, MCAS ’72, P’98
Gregory P. Ho, P’17
Amy F. Kopfler, LSOE ’89, LGSOE ’90, P’21, ’19
Afonso Ma, MCAS ’95
Shelagh E. Mahoney, P’19
Linda Sanchez, P’17
Deborah C. Walker, P’18
James E. Walker III, CSOM ’84, P’18
Elizabeth Eder Zobel, MCAS ’87
BC Global Engagement Committee
BC’s 10-year Strategic Plan, released in the fall of 2017, commits to building on the University’s current international engagement by incorporating greater attention to global issues. At the center of this initiative is the Global Engagement (GE) Committee, charged by University President William P. Leahy, SJ, to assess the scope of BC’s current international activities, identify the best avenues for growth, and determine the resources and structures necessary to fulfill these opportunities.
Rui Albuquerque (Finance)
Ethan Baxter (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Edward Choi (graduate student representative)
Donna Cullinan (Community Health)
Jennifer Erickson (co-chair, Political Science, International Studies Program)
Alberto Godenzi (co-chair, Special Advisor to the President for Global Engagement)
Claudia Pouravelis (Woods College of Advancing Studies)
Nick Gozik (Office of International Programs)
Sr. Margaret Guider, OSF (Systematics)
Régine Jean-Charles (Romance Languages, African and African Diaspora Studies)
Dotty Jones (Adult Health)
Kimberly Kowal (BC Libraries)
Praveen Kumar (Global Practice)
Patricia Lowe (Office for Institutional Diversity)
Rafael Luciani (Systematics)
Lucia Madero Murillo (undergraduate student representative)
Judy McMorrow (Legal Ethics)
Adrienne Nussbaum (Office of International Students and Scholars)
Erik Owens (Theology, Boisi Center)
Dan Ponsetto (Mission and Ministry)
Ginger Saariaho (Advancement)
Dennis Shirley (Teacher Education)
Ethan Sullivan (CSOM Undergraduate Curriculum)
Hans de Wit (Educational Leadership & Higher Education)
Hélène Bernot Ullerö (Office of Vice Provost for Research)
Denice Koljonen (Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment)
Mike Pimental (Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment)
Edward Choi (Graduate Student, Lynch School of Education)
BC Global Engagement Committee Agenda
In order to achieve the goals outlined by Fr. Leahy’s charge, the GE Committee meets six times between October 2017 and October 2018.
October 10, 2017: Charge of the Committee; Global engagement and BC’s Strategic Plan
November 29, 2017: review of global engagement activities at 22 peer universities
January 29, 2018: review of BC’s main global engagement activities; presentation of new BCGlobal website
March 20, 2018: review of current trends and opportunities for BC’s global engagement
May 9, 2018: global engagement vision and plan
October 2018: Global Engagement Strategy and Implementation Plan.
Fr. Leahy, SJ, outlined the content to the GE Committee at its first meeting in October 2017. The Charge describes the purpose of the committee and its role and responsibilities within the wider framework of Boston College’s mission and 10-year Strategic Plan.
Boston College’s latest Strategic Plan seeks to increase the University’s presence and impact locally, nationally, and internationally. It intends to achieve this goal through specific initiatives such as
- Enhancing the undergraduate curriculum to incorporate greater attention to global issues
- Maintaining and expanding its commitment to educating leaders for the Church around the world
- Strengthening engagement of grad and professional students, faculties, schools/programs with international issues
- Develop a more effective structure to promote and coordinate international engagement.
To explore opportunities, challenges, and resources needed for enhanced global engagement, and in light of these findings, to propose recommendations about goals and strategies needed to foster international connections and impact by students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni of Boston College, including choices about continuing, expanding, or ending current programs.
a. Map and assess current GE efforts at Boston College
b. Map and assess activities of peers in GE
c. Consult with individuals and groups at BC and off campus to gain advice and perspectives
d. Develop recommendations for greater integration of global education into curriculum, research, and outreach programs in undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses and programs
e. Explore funding sources for course development, programming, research, and financial aid
f. Suggest ways to promote and coordinate international initiatives at BC, for both existing and future activities
g. Provide regular updates to the President and Provost regarding discussions, ideas, proposals, schedule, and recommendations
h. Prepare a final report summarizing findings, recommendations, and an implementation plan.
12 months (October 2017 through October 2018), six GE Committee meetings (ACE CIGE advisor will be present at four of the six).
American Council on Education (ACE) – Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE)
To accompany the work of the GE Committee, BC has engaged the director of ACE – CIGE, Dr. Robin Matross Helms, as an external consultant. ACE – CIGE provides valuable insights on the process of internationalization, plus critical data on global engagement strategies and achievements of a wide range of US universities.
Based on ACE – CIGE’s “Model for Comprehensive Internationalization,” these six dimensions help structure our understanding of a well-balanced, multifaceted endeavor. Global engagement does not only involve research, study, and service activities overseas, but also a transformational effort of the whole university community “at home.”
ARTICULATING GLOBAL STRATEGY
Vision, mission and values, brand, website, marketing and communication
Drivers, structure, budget, faculty and student policies and practices, services for university stakeholders
Global collaborations with private and public partners and with networks
Internationalizing curriculum, co-curriculum, and campus
FACULTY GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Internationalizing teaching, scholarship, research and service collaborations, outreach
|Inbound and outbound mobility in regard to studies, practicums, internships, and service|
*Based on ACE – CIGE’s “Model for Comprehensive Internationalization”