CSUSM Appoints Dean Mike Schroder to Lead International Programs

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Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Michael “Mike” Schroder, dean of Extended Learning at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), has also been appointed associate vice president of International Programs with responsibility for expanding and enhancing the University’s multi-faceted global education programs and ensuring international perspective among CSUSM graduate, undergraduate and professional development students, as well as faculty and staff. Schroder will also leverage the extensive international expertise of faculty in the University’s outreach to local businesses.

The selection of Schroder for this new role was a natural. “A consensus-builder and visionary since he arrived at CSUSM, Dean Schroder has established a reputation for successfully working with the colleges at the University and area business and community leaders to develop innovative academic programs that fuel economic growth. This skill set is exactly what we need as we expand CSUSM International Programs,” said Emily Cutrer, CSUSM provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.   

International programs at CSUSM encompass study abroad programs for approximately 200 students per year at 20 partner universities worldwide; international student recruitment and advising for roughly 300 students per year; English language and American culture training for students and  international professors/instructors each year via the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI); international faculty exchange and research collaboration; Fulbright scholarship opportunities; and professional training and certificate programs for international businesspeople. These programs operate under the auspices of Extended Learning.   

According to the California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) 2011 Fact Sheet, it takes roughly three international students to open a section, thereby making it possible for another 30 more California students to receive college instruction. In addition, every 200 international students can help pay for 18.3 full-time faculty positions or their equivalent.

Robert Carolin, executive director of Global Education at CSUSM says that the impetus goes beyond the monetary incentive.  “Here in Southern California, we see the impact of internationalization on every facet of our lives and at CSUSM we want to make sure our students, faculty and staff are well prepared to assume leadership roles in the international community of the 21st century, regardless of where they live and work,” he said. “By intentionally expanding opportunities for international student enrollments and study abroad here at CSUSM, we are preparing students, faculty and staff to effectively navigate in a global arena.”

As the academic outreach arm of California State University San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside counties. Offering degree programs as well as credit and noncredit certificate programs and personal enrichment courses, Extended Learning helps individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals. For more information, please visit www.csusm.edu/el.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.