Utah State University has an impressive record in international programs and in serving the needs of international students, the university's president said recently.
But Stanford Cazier, who addressed faculty and staff members at a gathering opening the 1989-90 school year, said much more needs to be done to broaden the scope of such programs.Among land-grant colleges, USU has a rich history of participation in international programs, both in the transfer of technology abroad and in attracting many international students to the campus, he said. More than 10 percent of USU students are from foreign lands.
Cazier said an intensive English language program, aimed at helping international students be successful in college classes, and a community program geared to helping visiting students adjust to their new surroundings are among special efforts.
He suggested that all freshmen and sophomores be required to take an interdisciplinary course to "ensure their exposure to a well-crafted, cross-cultural experience."
Cazier invited every department to review course offerings and to determine how instruction might take on an international dimension.
The president said approximately 75 USU students go abroad each year under the auspices of several student programs. He suggested that number might be raised to 300 a year.
"USU should capitalize on the rich resource we have in international students, on the diverse and in-depth experience of many faculty members and utilize more fully the talents of visiting professors," he said.