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SIT Graduate Institute

Learning Plan

Josh Barber

I. Professional Goal Statement
The fundamental goal for my participation in the MA program in International Education at SIT is to prepare to direct a university international education program. I am currently being trained to become the director of what will soon be the International Education Department at Freed-Hardeman University, which will combine the two international services at the university—the Department of International Study Programs and the Department of International Student Advising—into a new single department. My education at SIT is part of that training, and I hope to build knowledge and develop skills within the field of I.E. to improve the study abroad programs and the experience of international students at FHU.

II. Competency Areas
(1) International Education Competencies My focus regarding the International Education competencies is on skills that will enable me to direct and manage a university I.E. program. I will be involved in numerous activities, including marketing study abroad to university students and recruiting international students, preparing study abroad participants for their travels overseas and advising international students who come to the United States, planning and budgeting faculty-led study abroad programs, assisting in financial aid matters for students pursuing studies abroad and arriving international students, and evaluating program effectiveness. Many of the I.E. competencies apply to my professional goals, but a few I would like to focus on are:  Understand the emergence, divergence, and specializations of professional international education.  Identify resources for, and obstacles to internationalizing campus and curriculum.  Understand principles of marketing & recruitment, program management, budgeting and program evaluation, informational & instructional technology, and organizational relationship building.  Develop understanding of different cultural backgrounds of program participants and how this impacts advising relationships. (2) PIM-Wide Competencies The competencies for all students who pursue degrees in the Program in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management will primarily help me become a better intercultural communicator and a more competent leader and manager—both of which will be essential to my job at FHU. I will interact with international students and associates on a daily basis, so my cross-cultural communication skills will be very important. I will also be directing two related but very distinct university services, and my leadership and management skills have much room for improvement. The competencies I would like to focus on are:

and safety. 4. Become aware of study abroad scholarships and grants. and the Journal of Studies in International Education. and read conversational Spanish comfortably by communicating with other Spanish-speakers (such as my friend Mauri from Paraguay) and receiving positive feedback. 2. Watch films in Spanish and listen to Spanish music. inclusion. Read Spanish news sources like Univision and CNN Español. 3. Read and take advantage of resources for international educators—journals and publications such as Frontiers. Complete two lesson of Mango Spanish each week. 2. Listen and practice with the Pimsleur’s Speak and Read Essentials Spanish lessons. and I will complete two Mango Spanish lessons each week. 3.  Identify basic management functions related to resource development.Learning Plan  Demonstrate sensitivity to others and create environments that model trust.E. 2 III. (2) Familiarize myself with the field of I.  Understand the difference between leading and managing. 5. listen to.  Speak a second language.  Give and receive feedback. Learning Methods: 1. I will complete one Pimsleur lesson a day and complete the reading assignments at the end of the week along with one chapter from the Nexos textbook. 4. including the Gilman Scholarship and other third-party scholarships. so that I can develop my professional involvement and draw on the resources available to international educators. I will pass a language assessment at SIT demonstrating an intermediate-high level of Spanish proficiency before my capstone presentation.  Apply theories and frameworks for communication across differences. associations like NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad and potential membership for my institution and myself. write. Learning Objectives (1) Develop an intermediate-high level of Spanish communication skills.  Demonstrate an understanding of various cultural contexts. I will demonstrate the ability to speak. Evaluation Indicators: 1. Read and practice from the Nexos Spanish textbook. 2. Check the Institute of International Education website regularly for reports and publications that may be beneficial for my work. Research I. 3.E. . International Educator.  Identify stages of cultural adaptation and integration in various contexts. Learning Methods: 1.

My personal. Establish learning objectives for study abroad programs at FHU. Learning Methods: 1. 4. 2. Learning Methods: 1. 2. 3. 2. professional. Have daily meditation sessions in which I clear my mind in order to improve my focus. I will complete all of the readings for graduate school. during which I determine my goals for the day and week ahead and fill in my schedule to accomplish all of the tasks. 2. (3) Articulate a clear and meaningful vision in my future role as director for the International Education Department at FHU. I will be diligent in accomplishing the things I have scheduled into my calendar. professional. 3. (4) Make the best use of my time to complete my personal.E. Schedule self-imposed deadlines for non-work. I will be able to communicate a clearly defined vision for the international education programs at FHU. Restrict the amount of time I spend on time-consuming websites. . Work with my supervisors at my university to determine some of the fundamental objectives of the study abroad program. 2. Evaluation Indicators: 1.or school-related tasks. I will understand the benefits of membership in an international education association and convey those benefits to my supervisors who will be responsible for approving membership and paying dues. I will make students aware of the scholarships available to study abroad participants and help them through the application process. 4. Have daily and weekly planning sessions. The international services at FHU will have a sense of direction and purpose—an over-arching goal. Determine my fundamental goals and values in my career as an international educator. 3. field 3.Learning Plan 3 Evaluation Indicators: 1. as well as the goals of my supervisors and my university. I will be able to identify my core goals and values as an international educator. Tie study abroad and international student advising together to create a vision involving an internationalizing campus. and school lives will be more balanced. I will be informed about the latest news and reports in the I. and academic goals and responsibilities. Evaluation Indicators: 1. so that I force myself to make progress toward those goals. 3.