Mission & Goals
The Graduate School and International Education develops advanced human capital and scholarship by serving the University of Arkansas in excelling at research, teaching, training, and service while fostering student and scholar success, increasing student diversity, and enhancing the overall student academic experience.
The Graduate School and International Education supports the strategic goals of the University of Arkansas to continue as a Carnegie very high research university; recruits, retains and graduates high-caliber students; advocates for students and student success; facilitates intercultural and international experiences to increase global competencies and cultural understanding; and assists in the development of international, interdisciplinary and graduate programs.
Initiate and maintain strong connections with, and advocate for, graduate, international, and study abroad students and scholars from the time of initial inquiry through post graduation.
Actively seek to promote and strengthen strategic relationships with partner institutions, academic units, university departments and the community.
Serve as the central unit for tracking and providing risk assessment for international education mobility.
Facilitate the development and management of innovative and educational graduate, international, and interdisciplinary programs.
Adopt an enrollment management plan to meet university goals:
- Increase the quantity and diversity of qualified international and graduate applications;
- Increase the percentage of graduate students to 20% of the total student headcount enrollment by 2020;
- Increase the percentage of international graduate students to 20% of the total graduate student headcount by 2020;
- Increase the percentage of international students to 10% of the total headcount enrollment by 2020; with at least 200 international first-time, full-time freshmen;
- Increase the number of sponsored students to 20% of the international headcount enrollment by 2020;
- Increase the percentage of enrolled visiting students to 125 each semester;
- Maintain an average of 120 countries represented in the international student population and strengthen the enrollment from countries with less than 10 students on campus;
- Increase the participation rate of graduating seniors completing a significant international experience to 25% by 2020;
- Increase the number of outbound UA students enrolling in reciprocal exchange programs to 15% of the total study abroad population per year by 2020