Mission, Scope, Role, and Vision

Southwest is committed to promoting a better understanding of and respect for different people and cultures of the world. The college is also committed to educating students who can comprehend and appreciate the complexities and contradictions within their own culture and who understand global issues. Direct contacts and experiential learning in cultures other than one's own are among the best ways to reach these goals. Thus, international studies is seen as an important component of the Southwest educational experience and as a means of empowering students and faculty. The role of the international studies program is "to serve as both advocate and catalyst for international education by promoting international experiential development and by providing assistance to students, faculty, and administrators through information, encouragement, coordination, and financial support as may be appropriate and available."

Mission

To promote international experiences and global understanding through visits, exchanges, study, instruction, and service. This mission is accomplished through many efforts, including the following:

Scope

Role of the Committee on International Studies

The creation and support of educational opportunities for Southwest students to study abroad; cooperation with Admissions for the purpose of recruitment and the provision of services to international students; encouragement and facilitation of faculty exchanges and faculty work/travel abroad for the development of educational and cultural awareness and research opportunities; internationalization of the curriculum.

Vision

The college promotes the exchange of people and ideas and encourages understanding and appreciation for all peoples and cultures of global communities. Southwest Tennessee Community College's International Studies programs will thus be an exemplary model for two-year colleges and others in both Tennessee and across the nation.