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IS Strategic Plan

Center for International Studies Mission Statement:

The Paradise Valley Community College Center for International Studies provides a wide array of innovative instructional and student development programs in international education with a primary focus on and specialization in Asia and Latin America.

Center for International Studies Vision Statement:

Cultivate Paradise Valley Community College as a center for global engagement.

Strategic Plan:

I. Provide global engagement opportunities for students.

·      Offer short-term study abroad opportunities each year (on-going)

·      Sustain globally-focused articulation agreements (on-going)

·      Maintain a passive international student recruitment process (on-going)

·      Increase student participation with refugee service agencies (on-going)

·      Market the Center’s academic certificates (on-going)

·      Expand visiting artists, scholars, and other professionals to include evening and Black Mountain campus classes (on-going)

·      Continue offering international service-learning experiences (on-going)

·      Expand study abroad scholarship fundraising avenues (on-going)

·      Sustain annual Paradise Valley Community College International Film Festival (on-going)

·      Expand global/local social justice educational opportunities (on-going)


II.  Increase global engagement opportunities for employees

·      Continue to provide faculty with content-based, global field study, institute, workshop, and seminar opportunities (on-going)

·      Increase faculty and administrator participation in the Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies/Asian Studies Development Program (on-going)

·      Increase participation in MCCCD coordinated exchanges and fellowships (on-going)

·      Host local and national conferences and workshops with Asia and Latin America foci (on-going)


III. Promote an interface between college and community groups with global engagement programs and opportunities

·      Offer short-term study abroad opportunities with community participation (on-going)

·      Host visiting artists, scholars, and other professionals for global engagement (on-going)

·      Sustain annual Paradise Valley Community College International Film Festival (on-going)


IV. Evaluate the operations of and resources associated with the Center

·      Continually evaluate and update the Center’s programs via the web page (on-going)

·      Expand and update library collection of international resources (on-going)

·      Increase marketing and publicity of the Center’s programs (on-going)

·      Collaborate on globally-focused grant projects with college departments and divisions, other academic institutions, and/or community organizations (on-going)