The mission of the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) is to advance the internationalization of the campus community and the university’s curriculum, enhance the diversification of the student body and faculty, and provide quality academic programs, services, and experiences to a broad spectrum of students, faculty, and community residents. The office facilitates faculty exchanges and provides study-abroad/exchange and academic advising for both international students and American students. The office also promotes faculty-led internationalization and recruitment of international students. OISP supports English language acquisition through the Asia University America Program (AUAP), a unique cultural learning experience for Japanese students, and University English as a Second Language Program (UESL). The promotion of cross-cultural and cross-national understanding also rests at the core of the OISP mission.
The Executive Director will build on the strengths of the program, particularly faculty-led internationalization, and will provide dynamic leadership for faculty and student study and research abroad as well as international student recruitment. The position, which reports directly to the provost, must possess a positive attitude, be service oriented, convey and instill a passion for excellence, and inform decisions with well researched data.
The Executive Director oversees OISP's 35 employees, including about 15 non-tenure track faculty, working closely with other campus departments, international partner institutions, national organizations, and state offices to prepare students and faculty for careers in international business, education, and services, as well as to extend the reach of educational and intellectual offerings.
CWU currently serves about 500 international students from 30 countries. CWU draws degree-seeking students from the University English as a Second Language program, from community colleges as transfer students, and from specific partnerships, including graduate cohorts. Faculty and students take advantage of about 12 exchange programs, predominantly in east Asia.
No state is more dependent upon international trade than Washington state. CWU has embraced this state priority by making internationalization an integral component of the university strategic plan with strong support from the president and provost.
Located in the historic town Ellensburg, Washington, CWU is about 90 miles east of Seattle in the beautiful Kittitas Valley. Nestled between the majestic Cascade Mountains and the mighty Columbia River, Ellensburg enjoys four distinct seasons perfect for backpacking, camping, mountain biking, snow skiing, river rafting, and some of the best fly-fishing in the nation. Ellensburg boasts a vibrant arts community that supports regional festivals celebrating jazz, Western music and art, film, and more.
Residents of the beautiful Kittitas Valley enjoy this quality of life at a lower cost than their urban neighbors: about $7,000 per year less than the cost-of-living in Seattle; about $29,000 less annually than the cost to live and work in San Francisco.
CWU enrolls more than 10,000 students at the residential campus in Ellensburg, at satellite campuses around the state, and online, where CWU offers more online degree programs than any other state university in Washington. Students benefit from personal attention in small classes and a unique commitment to hands-on learning, including faculty-mentored, undergraduate research. Some signature programs include accounting, supply chain management, aviation, construction management, geology, teacher education, music, physics, theater, and paramedicine.
About 25 percent of students are people of color. CWU is a destination transfer school for Washington's vigorous community college system. Half of students and 65 percent of graduates transferred to CWU from another school. About 92 percent of students are residents of Washington State.