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The mission of the International Education Management (IEM) program is to help online students gain relevant skills and knowledge to design and facilitate meaningful and sustainable international and intercultural exchange in pursuit of a more just and equitable world.

These competencies are woven throughout your entire IEM experience:

International Education Theory, Strategy, and Action

Articulate and critique trends and research, engage in current debates, apply ethical frameworks, analyze data, and implement standards of good practice for decision-making.

  • Identify and explore professional interests and goals in theory and practice.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate international education research, theories, standards, policies, and practices.
  • Apply research, theory, ethics, and standards to challenge and enhance practices, programs, and policies.
  • Assess and respond to implications of local, regional, national, and global trends in international education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate, as future leaders in the field, in dismantling global inequalities, inequities, and injustices in international education.

Intercultural Competence and Social Justice

Work with, support, and include others in culturally, linguistically, and socially diverse environments so that all can thrive.

  • Utilize critical self-reflection to engage appropriately and effectively in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationships of privilege, power, and identity across communities, languages, and cultures.
  • Examine relationships between culture and language, and utilize intercultural and linguistic skills to connect with people and across cultures.
  • Integrate interpersonal, intercultural, and linguistic competence skills to enhance professional practice.
  • Apply knowledge of student development and identity development to advising, facilitation, program design, and policy-making.
  • Analyze approaches to education, including the distribution of privilege, power, justice and opportunities globally.
  • Build and sustain inclusive academic and professional environments in which social, linguistic, and cultural diversity is valued and enhanced.

Program Design and Assessment

Design, implement, and assess learner-centered international education programming.

  • Consult diverse stakeholders to document needs, gather input, and inform program design parameters and learning goals.
  • Utilize equity-minded approaches, tools, data, and technology for program design and assessment to achieve desired impact.
  • Refine design and assessment strategies according to organizational mission, context, and desired outcomes that consider the needs of diverse learners and stakeholders.
  • Embrace the iterative process of program design and assessment for learner-centered, transformative educational design.
  • Implement consistent logic throughout the project lifecycle to achieve program goals. 
  • Demonstrate reciprocity, equity, and inclusion as guiding principles for sustainable, high-impact program design and assessment that prioritizes learning and development.

Program Administration

Lead effective and equitable program administration.

  • Identify and navigate the practices, programs, policies, ethics, and regulatory considerations that affect resource allocation and usage.
  • Identify and utilize the multicultural strengths of team members, such as staff, faculty, students, and volunteers, to further professional and organizational development.
  • Collect and analyze relevant data to inform decision-making and resource sustainability.
  • Ensure adequate financial and human resources appropriate to the needs of the organization.
  • Align resource allocation and usage decisions with strategic and/or operational goals to ensure financial sustainability.
  • Assess and administer programs with appropriate technologies and tools.
  • Emphasize environmental, economic, personal, and community sustainability in project and program management and policies.
  • Demonstrate effective, inclusive, caring, and equity-minded educational administration.

Sustainable Education

Apply appropriate sustainability principles by engaging stakeholders and partners to support students, programs, organizations, and communities.

  • Demonstrate flexibility and ability to identify and adapt structures and processes to changing conditions.
  • Analyze environmental and market conditions that impact program and organizational success.
  • Assess program decisions to identify and mitigate unintended consequences.
  • Employ effective financial strategies that adjust to changing conditions and trends over time.
  • Strengthen programs by identifying, recruiting, and supporting diverse program participants.
  • Develop strategic and tactical resource utilization plans with explicit consideration for the environmental impact of international education programming.
  • Foster reciprocity-based partnerships and engage stakeholders that responsibly steward the use of environmental, economic, technological, individual, and community resources.