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categories: academic programs and collaborations,
mobility programs, and research collaborations and
impact. Each category breaks down further into detailed
rubrics that help Ruwanpura assign a numeric value.
"When you have a large number of partners, you forget what you're doing. You work with maybe 30 percent
of your partners in an active way, but the others you're
just hanging on to," he says. "What is the point of doing
that? What we want is to see whether we can actually
bring the [level of] relationships up so that we work
better together."
Ruwanpura is now visiting partners, ratings index
in hand. This summer he met with five universities that
Calgary partners with in the United Kingdom. The goal,
he says, isn't just to winnow out languishing agreements; it's to determine the specific ways to get more
out of the partnerships they already have. "By doing a
conversation," he says, "we can assess our partnerships
and then maybe elevate those partnerships into more
sustainable ones."
More and more universities are beginning this process, Knight, the University of Toronto researcher, says.
There's a "growing realization that it is of critical importance to develop criteria and systems to plan, monitor,
and evaluate international agreements on a regular
basis," she says. "It is not the number of agreements that
matter. It is how productive and effective they are."
Grand Valley State University in Michigan began
a similar process more than a decade ago. "Eighteen
years ago, when I first started, we had partnerships with
all kinds of institutions," says Rebecca Hambleton, the
director of study abroad and international partnerships
there. "Back in 2004 or 2005, we created a guide: How
were we going to address these international opportunities?" Ultimately the campus built out the partnerships
that were chosen to continue.
"We're not going to go gangbusters. We're not interested in having 150 partners on our books," Hambleton
says. "We don't want to ever sacrifice the great work
happening at one program [to build others.]"
One of the programs Grand Valley is committed to
is a longtime student exchange program with University
of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana. The program began in
the 2000s after a former Grand Valley Fulbright student
helped the universities connect. Each had resources
the other needed: Grand Valley wanted to build a more
robust African studies program. Cape Coast wanted
to train its faculty and staff in technology. Both were

institutions originally formed as teacher-training
schools before becoming full universities. It was a natural fit, Hambleton says.
After three years of grant funds that supported
faculty exchanges, Grand Valley had to get creative to
finance undergraduate student exchanges. "We worked
out a mechanism where we send two students to UCC
and they send us one student," Hambleton says. "We're
able to basically capture those tuition dollars and put
those toward scholarship support to bring a UCC
student here."

"It is not the number of agreements that matter.
It is how productive and effective they are."
Now Grand Valley saves effort on time and resources
by expanding its Ghanaian presence rather than
focusing solely on new one-off partnerships. Through
University of Cape Coast, for example, Grand Valley's
social work faculty connected with the University of
Ghana to form a new offshoot partnership.
Hambleton believes the established nature of the
Cape Coast exchange has helped it become popular
with students. Since the student exchange began in
2002, Ghana has risen to be among the top five study
abroad destinations for the university. "That would
never have happened before," she says.

Getting Creative
Of course, as at Grand Valley, the perennial challenge is
finding a way to pay for all the plans faculty and international officers dream up. If programs can involve more
students than before, resources can travel farther.
Kari Knutson Miller, the dean of university extended
education and associate vice president of international
programs and global engagement at California State
University-Fullerton, says she once talked to a Brazilian
university administrator about a potential partnership.
The idea sounded good at first, Knutson Miller recalls.
"But then she said, 'Maybe we could send one student to
your campus and you could send one to ours.' I clapped
my hands to my head and said, 'No!'"
Such an arrangement would involve a disproportionately large amount of paperwork for a single student.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2017

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: A Healthy Balance
Feature: Mental Health: Leveraging Resources
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2017 - From the Desk of
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Global Spotlight: Iran
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Quick Questions
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 15
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Student Affairs
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