In the wake of rapid changes stemming from the continued globalization of our economic, technological and cultural environments, it is ever more urgently central to the mission of institutions of higher learning to produce globally competent students who can succeed as productive citizens in an increasingly internationalized society.
International education has been a significant part of the CSU curriculum for at least a decade, as evidenced by the internationally-oriented courses that fulfill general education requirements in Non-Western civilization, human diversity and Western civilization at the undergraduate level.
In early 2003, CSU became a participant in a study being conducted by the American Council on Education through a grant from the Ford Foundation to examine the state of international learning being achieved by the "new majority" student - older, part-time, ethnically diverse. Partnering with seven other two and four year institutions across the nation, CSU has appointed a university-wide Global Learning Task Force to document the achievements, strategies, and potential future goals of this institution in producing globally-competent graduates.
CSU's Global Learning Task Force has conducted a review of the state of internationalization of the University curriculum, faculty, student body and environment.
A report on the findings of the Global Learning Task Force has been presented to the President and Provost, the UCC, the college deans and the American Council on Education.
One of the outcomes of this report is the establishment of the Provost's Global Learning Advisory Committee.