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International Planning Retreat for UWEX Cooperative Extension. Presentation on Results National Conference on Global Perspectives: Internationalizing Extension March 25 – 27, 2003 Michigan State University John Preissing, Northern District Director UWEX, Cooperative Extension.

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International Planning Retreat for UWEX Cooperative Extension

Presentation on Results

National Conference on Global Perspectives: Internationalizing Extension

March 25 – 27, 2003

Michigan State University

John Preissing, Northern District Director

UWEX, Cooperative Extension


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We have a working policy, no goals etc Extension

Majority of international work is with core “internationalists”

Others, with more to gain and share have limited role

Not a priority - training, orientation, or work

Little systematic attempt to capture range of work done, results, or opportunities

USDA has new initiative

Current international situation with UWEX


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Purpose of Paper Extension

  • To analyze the results of the international extension planning retreat.

    • Review UWEX background with international programming

    • Planning methodology

    • Key findings

    • Top goals

    • Strategies to achieve goals

    • Conclusion for future action


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UWEX stand alone “university” with ties to UW Madison/CALS and others

Long history of international efforts

We have strong skills to share

We have some faculty with a high degree of interest

There are opportunities and needs internationally

We have a lot to learn from international groups and programs

Background


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Albrecht, Cave, and Havlovic remind us Madison/CALS and others(Outreach Scholarship 2001) . . .

  • International work helps us in two important ways:

    • It increases our sensitivity to cultural differences – it helps us think of culture more broadly and to recognize and deal with differences more effectively in Wisconsin

    • It challenges our conventional methods of teaching and learning


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NASULGC Madison/CALS and others

  • “We urgently need to find ways to increase the level of engagement of our resident teaching faculty, research scientists, and Extension agents in addressing the global dimension”

    From NASULGC’s 1998 International Agriculture section report


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Barbara Ludwig, JOE article Madison/CALS and others

  • Her study of OSU personnel reported top barriers to participation:

    • Lack of time

    • Not a programming priority

    • Lack of experience

Refreshingly, negativity, lack or rewards or promotions were the least often cited.


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For these reasons, the Dean’s office and the ESP/UWEX International Committee proposed this retreat.


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Planning Methodology International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • Diversity of Interests Matrix – ensure diverse participation, especially non-internationalists

  • Windshield Analysis – review international extension work by UWEX

  • SWOT Analysis

  • Vision and Mission Statement development

  • Nominal Group Technique - goal identification


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Diversity of Interest Matrix International Committee proposed this retreat.


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Mission Statement International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • The purpose of UWEX Cooperative Extension international efforts is to contribute to the improvement of Wisconsin and international communities through the sharing of expertise and experiences


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Goal – Create a Team International International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • UWEX has teams, comprised of specialists and agents. Includes team plans, budgets, training, reporting, and mandate to pursue additional resources for plan. Team International should be one of these concentrations


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Goal – Scholarship Context for International Programs International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • We have strong interest in scholarship. Develop structures to allow and encourage research and sharing on this topic.


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Goal – Develop Institutional Capacity International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • We need stronger and clearer policies, administrative support, pursue additional resources, web site clearing house, and pursue international training/exchange opportunities similar to Florida or Missouri. Consider multi-state programs.


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Asset inventories for our relevant skills International Committee proposed this retreat.

Language training

Cross-cultural training

Home institution advice

International travel tips

Preparing to leave and returning home

International development tools (RRA, others)

How to tell the story back home, advice and templates?

Integrating our overseas’ work with work back home

Staff TrainingWe need staff training in:


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Evaluation Instruments International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • There is a continual need to convey relevance of overseas work to local constituents and the impact, both in the international communities and domestically. There is insufficient information to document the impact and an inadequate communications strategy to share results back home.


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Conclusions – Next Steps International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • Present Retreat results to Dean, Administrative Committee, and ESP/UWEX International Committee

  • Seek plan approval

  • Share results institution wide

  • Attend National Conference, seek partnership support for initiatives

  • Develop specific action plans


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Conclusion – Retreat process International Committee proposed this retreat.

  • Raised awareness in institution of benefits and needs

  • Developed more cohesive group of people with range of experiences (diversity of interest matrix)

  • Valuable initial administrative support, more needed

  • Goal development useful

  • Exercise raised expectations


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