Theme 7 - Emerging Issues

Theme Leads: Lawrence Hanley, Daniel Homsey

It is anticipated that during the course of the strategic planning process, significant issues will emerge that do not fit neatly into the other themes. This theme will allow the steering committee to identify and explore such issues.


In 2012 San Francisco State received national recognition for its commitment to international education and received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization –
Though this was a crowning achievement, San Francisco State has long been recognized in the CSU and in the nation as a leader in campus internationalization and study abroad and exchange. For several years, we have consistently ranked in the top five in our category for sending SF State students on long-term (semester/year) study abroad programs and for welcoming international and exchange students to our campus. We describe ourselves on our website as a “globally focused” university. and
Our success in study abroad and enrolling international and exchange students are considered “Points of Pride” of our university –
The key to this success is due to institutional support. In the last strategic plan, SF State’s commitment to internationalization was clearly in Goal IV, “San Francisco State University provides its students, faculty, and staff with international experiences, perspectives, and competencies.” This was one of the factors in allowing us to achieve the Simon Award.
We believe that in the current strategic plan a crucial part of our legacy, identity and commitment to the success of our students is being ignored. We need to state the importance of comprehensive internationalization in our strategic plan.
Marilyn Jackson, Noah Kuchins, Janelle Waldrep - Office of International Programs

The American Language Institute
SF State College of Extended Learning and International Affairs
Response to Strategic Plan Draft Fall 2013

Theme 7: Emerging Issues
We would to reiterate the need to keep internationalization as a theme that is actualized in degree programs and in every student’s experience.

College of Extended Learning and International Affairs’ (CELIA) Leadership Team’s Responses to the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee Themes

Theme 7 – Emerging Issues
 Emphasis on international students and scholars should be ongoing and throughout all campus levels

Office of International Programs
Comments to the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee
October 2013

To produce globally competent college graduates who can be wise stewards of the world they inherit after leaving the university, institutions must put international understanding and intercultural competence at the heart of the educational experience, unambiguously infused throughout all aspects of the university. To fail to do so is to provide a second-rate education.

The San Francisco State University campus has come to consensus on this priority as evidenced by two strategic plans, CUSP I and CUSP II. It is crucial that a corresponding focus be present in the new strategic plan.

Twelve Years of Strategic Planning
International education and international competencies for students have been identified among the university’s top priorities for the past twelve years. In 1997, CUSP I identified “Our Internationalized Curriculum” as one of six defining characteristics of a San Francisco State education, specifically calling for increasing students’ command of international perspectives and second language proficiency, and stating that San Francisco State seeks to become a model of international education by means of the following strategic objectives:
•SF State should encourage all departments to internationalize their curricular offerings and should focus on specific curricular areas to internationalize, especially in professional fields.
•SF State should increase the opportunities to take upper division courses with international perspectives as part of their baccalaureate degree requirements.

In 2005, CUSP II reiterated and strengthened these strategic objectives in Goal IV – International Development:
•SF State infuses international content into its curriculum.
•SF State promotes study abroad for students and international exchange for faculty as priorities for internationalization.
•SF State engages international students and scholars as important resources for campus internationalization.
•SF State ensures campus-wide support of internationalization at all levels of the institution.

National Recognition
For the past twelve years, these objectives have driven the international work of the university and ensured that the internationalization effort has been conceptualized as a curricular and academic endeavor in keeping with the thinking of national leaders in the field.
Over 300 general education courses with international content provide essential international knowledge and skills. Graduation requirements ensure that every student takes at least one course with a Global Perspectives designation. SF State ranks second in the nation among Master’s granting institutions for sending students abroad on long-term programs (semester or academic year) to obtain first-hand international experience, third in the nation among all categories for long-term study abroad, and is consistently number one in the CSU system. Over 2,000 international students and scholars attend SF State, contributing their perspectives to our classrooms and the community at large.

SF State has fulfilled the goal to become a model of international education. Our efforts were singled out for national recognition last year when the campus was honored as a recipient of the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Rare Opportunity
We have achieved much success but our work is not done. The university is now undergoing a campus wide discussion of a new strategic plan that will drive that work and place a defining mark on the San Francisco State education for many years to come. It is vital that the campus not miss this opportunity to maintain internationalization as an SF State core value that gives definition and distinction to the university.

Proposed for Discussion
International education equips students with knowledge of the diverse peoples, governments, histories, and natural systems that comprise the world, and the forces that to continue to shape them. It produces graduates who respect the many groups that make up a global society and who are prepared to meet the challenges of an interdependent world.

SF State creates and sustains a campus where through the curriculum, through interaction with international students and faculty, through direct international experience in study abroad, and through campus wide activities:

•Students will recognize that one’s view of the world is not universally shared and that others may have profoundly different perspectives;

•Students will recognize that the world’s systems are interdependent and that local economic and social patterns and actions have global impact beyond their effects on individual lives;

•Students will understand that behavior of individuals, groups, and nations affects others in terms of human rights and economic well being, both in the U.S. and in the world outside the U.S.;

•Students will understand that behavior of individuals, groups, and nations will help or hinder future generations’ abilities to meet their own needs, both in and out of the U.S.

I think safety is an emerging issue. I think one area that could use police control during school hours is by the library street crossing over Holloway. There have been numerous times where I have almost been hit by cars because they do not abide by the law and let the pedestrian walk first. I think if there were some police authority then more people would follow the law. I see a SIGNIFICANT difference when police are there enforcing the crossing rules.

I have not seen any other theme to add my comments so that is why I chose this one. Advancing and promoting Staff and Faculty health and wellness has not been mentioned anywhere and it is a very important topic that just about every US College or Corporation is involved in. If done right it generates huge benefits both for the Institution and its employees. Students will be getting new Rec Center. Maybe some kind of collaboration with Campus Rec could open its use for SFSU employees? I do have a lot of publications and studies about this topic if you are interested.

In order to make our campus more sustainable we think that SF State should use wind and solar technology. Sf state should incorporate campus housing for older adults. –Posted by DPRC employee on behalf of DPRC

Building on previous comments under this theme. I would also encourage the admin and different academic programs to invest in internationalizing curriculum and public programming even more. As an international graduate student I was fortunate to be in a rigorous MA program that has issues of social justice as a core value , I think this is in-line with sfsu's commitments . I did however miss courses and themes that are more international in its perspective and would expand the horizons of students in terms what's going on in the world. I find it quite disappointing that SFSu is a major recipient and sender of international students however the curriculum is so domesticated , that it makes commitments to social justice and community engagement quite lacking.