Publication Date

Spring 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Arnold Danzig

Subject Areas

Educational leadership


This explanatory mixed-method research study explored campus internationalization trends by examining the practices of faculty and administrators engaged in campus internationalization efforts at selected four-year public institutions in Northern California. Most survey respondents and interviewees recognized the importance of internationalization, prompted greatly by their own personal transformational “international” journey, making them identifiable champions who can assist in promoting internationalization efforts. Most maintained that the system and their individual institutions do not provide adequate incentives to those faculty who are not personally motivated to engage in international activities and acknowledged internationalization does not float to the top of priorities. In instances where there is recognition of internationalization, there is often rhetoric with no intentional action plan. Many alluded to a local focus and the inability of a highly bureaucratic system to recognize that today, a global perspective/approach is essential in educating future leaders. Some faculty and administrators recognized the interconnectedness of their roles, but not necessarily as a top-down relationship. The findings further emphasized that California four-year institutions, particularly those in the CSU system, have much work to do to achieve a commitment to internationalization. The dissertation concluded with additional efforts at triangulation and interpretation of findings, with reference to the research literature, and offered recommendations for policy, practice, and future research.