Cultivate PSU’s commitment to being a more vibrant, inclusive, and multicultural community by diversifying the student body, faculty, and staff; and by developing curricula and regularly assessing policies and programs to enhance an understanding of and respect for all people.
ELS Language Centers Brought to PSU
ELS Language Centers is a highly regarded organization that provides formal teaching of multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from around the world and opened at Plymouth State in fall 2009. The newly renovated Mary Lyon Hall is home to ELS with offices, classrooms, and a Language Technology Center. ELS international students will have opportunity to reside in Mary Lyon or participate in a home stay program in Plymouth while taking ESL courses. As an ELS affiliate partner school, PSU already recognizes the completion of ELS Intensive Level coursework as meeting its English language proficiency requirement, and will issue a letter of conditional admission to students who meet all other PSU admission requirements and plan to fulfill the language proficiency requirement through ELS study.
International Student Services
PSU’s Internationalization Task Force was created to help enrich the academic and social experience of PSU students in the area of global learning. One of the task force’s first decisions was to form the Global Education Office (GEO) at Bagley House to support the growing number of students pursuing their studies abroad and PSU faculty who are teaching abroad.
International Student Services (ISS) provides support for undergraduate international students at Plymouth State. The ISS office coordinates F1 visa issuance, provides leadership for PSU ’s International Week, and collaborates closely with our new ELS Language Center, the Global Education Office, and the Internationalization Steering Committee. A new innovation this year is a special section of the course “Introduction to the Academic Community” designed especially for new international students, helping to ensure a smooth transition to Plymouth and the American culture. The capstone project for the course is a multimedia presentation that the students then bring to the entire campus as part of the International Brown Bag Lunch series.
Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute Praised and Expanded
The Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute (PELI) brings Pakistani school administrators and teachers to campus each summer for a four-week teacher- training program and cross-cultural exchange. Since 2004, more than 100 Pakistani educators have traveled to PSU to participate in the institute and to develop leadership skills necessary to direct educational initiatives and effect change in Pakistan. They in turn have trained thousands of educators back in their homeland of Pakistan. PELI has been recognized by White House and U. S. State Department, Bureau of Cultural Affairs as a model for educational programming. This year, the US State Department has asked PSU to expand the PELI to accommodate 40 participants.
International Partnerships Developed
PSU’s College of Business Administration and the College of Graduate Studies signed a partnership agreement to deliver the PSU MBA with a focus in Health Care Administration to medical students studying at the American University of Antigua.
The College of Business Administration is partnering with Babeş-Bolyai University (Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai [UBB]) of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to offer an International Business Certificate as part of its MBA. The program is taught by U.S. and Romanian faculty. PSU signed a partnership agreement to facilitate student exchange, faculty exchange, and collaborative research projects with St. John International University. SJIU, the first environmental American University in Italy, is a private university located in Vinovo, which is just outside Torino.
Increase in Faculty Diversity
Over the last three years, one-third of new PSU faculty hires were minority and/or international candidates.
PSU Programs in Shanghai
The College of Graduate Studies graduated its first cohort of educators from Shanghai American School.