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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| Ohio State University  | Columbus, Ohio
LESSONS
LOOK AT THE CALENDAR. An Ohio State switch from quarters
to semesters in 2012 paid an immediate dividend for study abroad.
Faculty created two dozen new, four-week education abroad
courses. Five hundred students signed up for May 2013 and more
than 800 in spring of 2014. "That chunk of May seems to be a really
good fit for our demographic," said Study Abroad Director Grace
Johnson. Previously the spring quarter ran into mid-June. Now
students get out of classes at the end of April, can study abroad in
May, and still have the summer for a job or internship.

DON'T SPREAD RESOURCES THIN. Five years into Ohio State's
comprehensive internationalization strategy, what stands out to
Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz is that "you
can't do everything. Invest in fewer things, but do them really well."
The peril for an Ohio State is to "spread funds around like peanut
butter so everybody is happy. We've been much better off concentrating on projects like the May session, study abroad, and fine-tuning
(intensive) English programs." Tight times are no excuse, said Interim
President Joseph Alutto. "I don't know of any university that cannot
find resources to do international things if they think it's important."

GET BUY-IN ACROSS THE CAMPUS. Elevating the status of the

East Asian Languages Professor Galal Walker and graduate student
Briun Greene

will provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in fellowships to allow
future Indian faculty to conduct PhD research, receive mentoring,
and earn a master's degree in teaching in Columbus.
"The idea is to train STEM faculty
at the world-class level," said Pradhan. "Thousands upon thousands of
universities and colleges have opened
up in India with practically no (such)
faculty." He hopes to speed up the 10
years of training customarily required.
"Other universities in India are
watching this project. It has huge
potential," said Pradhan, who taught
radiation physics in India last spring
as a Fulbright scholar, one of 14 Ohio Astrophysicist Anil Pradham
State faculty so honored in 2013- won an Obama-Singh grant
to help Indian universities
2014. Pradhan, who emigrated from produce research professors.
India as a teen, had never before ventured outside his laboratory on a project like this, but felt emboldened
by OSU's internationalization efforts. The big U.S. land-grant universities "have the most experience in providing higher education to
masses of people," said Pradhan, and Ohio State can "lead the pack."
Pradhan is not alone in that belief. "There's a certain hunger for
helping this university realize its goal of global eminence. It's become
everybody's narrative," said Kalu.
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CHRISTOPHER CONNELL is a veteran Washington, D.C. ,education writer
and author of NAFSA's annual Internationalizing the Campus reports.

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senior international officer to vice provost signaled loud and clear
the commitment of Ohio State's president and provost to comprehensive internationalization. William Brustein, who came on board
as the new vice provost for global strategies and international
affairs just as a faculty committee was shaping the ambitious
strategic plan, said the importance of that blueprint was that it set
"university-wide goals, not just goals for the international affairs
office." Powerful deans took notice. In a nutshell, Brustein said, the
formula is "teamwork, teamwork, teamwork."

CONVINCE THE FACULTY AND STUDENTS WILL FOLLOW.
The College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has
always had a strong international bent, with more than half its
majors gaining an international experience before they graduate. To
convince the rest, said Dean Bruce McPheron, "we need more faculty
to pull them through by creating courses" and engaging in international research and collaborations themselves. "You have to develop
a culture among that faculty that says, 'We are global players.'"

MAKE STUDY ABROAD WORTH COLLEGES' WHILE. Enrollment revenues from study abroad used to flow to the Office of
International Affairs, but now they go to the sponsoring college.
Study Abroad Director Grace Johnson welcomed the recent
change, saying it puts colleges "much more in the driver's seat and
gives them all the more incentive to think about their strategies for
study abroad and curriculum integration."



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