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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| Northern Arizona University  | Flagstaff, Arizona

Lessons Learned
SETTING PRIORITIES. Even in tough
times, leaders found new funding streams
for the global engagement push, allowing
the Center for International Education
to retain a share of revenues from its
growing initiatives in China . “We became
masters of our destiny,” said Vice Provost
Harvey Charles . President John Haeger
observed, “You only get true innovation
when you put money on the table .”

CURRICULAR EMPHASIS. From the
start, NAU has made the curriculum the
driver of its global education push . That
curricular emphasis is more important
than any “services” offered by a center
for international education, Vice Provost
Harvey Charles said . That stance struck
a chord among faculty . “We can’t do
anything about the national economy or
what the legislature will do in terms of
funding . What we really do as faculty is
own and control curriculum,” said Blase
Scarnati, director of the Global Learning
Initiative . They also connected the global
emphasis to longstanding campus values
around sustainability and diversity,
“tapping faculty in the place where it
touches them deeply,” he said .

Early Stage of the Journey
NAU is still at an early stage of this journey but is well positioned to
keep accelerating its progress. Vasquez, the anthropologist, noted
the Southwest “is the only place in the world where the so-called
first and third worlds share a border.” Both international and minor-

STREAMLINING ADMISSIONS. NAU
employed both technology and a personal
touch to make it easier for international
undergraduates to apply . “They don’t
have to wait eight months to know if
they’re admitted or their applications
were reviewed,” said Mandy Hansen,
director of international admissions .
“We’re able to get decisions out within 72
hours .” The selection committee views the
completed application online with TOEFL
scores and transcripts and says yay or nay
right away .

ity enrollments are growing. A decade ago 77 percent of students
were white; now they comprise 66 percent. Latino enrollment
jumped almost 8 percent from 2010 to 2011, while 5 percent more
international students enrolled. “This place is a wonderful laboratory for diversity,” said Vasquez. The Global Learning Initiative gives
NAU faculty and students new opportunities to learn about the
world—and themselves.
IE
CHRISTOPHER CONNELL is a veteran Washington, D.C.
education writer and author of NAFSA’s annual Internationalizing
the Campus reports.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

got out of our comfort zones.” Senior Ruth Naegele gave up a career
in supply management to start college in midlife and spent a semester at the University of South Australia on a Gilman Scholarship. It
“could not have been a better experience,” said Naegele.

THINK FULBRIGHTS. Charles sought
to dispel some “myths” about the
difficulty of winning Fulbrights . Outside
English-speaking countries, “the
competition for the rest of the world
is not as challenging as people think,”
said Charles, noting that one in three
applications gets funded . Five faculty
won Fulbright scholarships in 2011 .

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2013

International Educator - March/April 2013
Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Emerging Giant
Local Goes Global
Accelerating Global Learning at Home and Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
In Focus
Intenational Educator Language Supplement
Contents
New Tools of the Trade
Intensive English Language
Intensive Foreign Language
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2013 - Partnering
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