California State University challenges to campus internationalization: a critical theory perspective

This empirical case study focused on the impact of the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) resolution AS-2818, “Support of International Experiences and Global Perspectives in CSU Education,” on campus internationalization. This case study researched California State University San Bernardino, San Diego State University, and San Francisco State University and sought to uncover characteristics of institutional values, learning objectives, and campus life in relation to globalization. Each campus affirms global citizen identity through intellectual development and augmented undergraduate curriculum with global or international perspectives since the adoption of the senate resolution in 2008. The undergraduate curriculum indicates that neoliberal ideals and career readiness for the knowledge economy hold academic dominance over democratically focused curriculum that supports critical global citizenship identity formation. This study uncovers students at the CSU who hold positive views about an interconnected world, with student perspectives ranging from competitive to strategic, compassionate to transnational, while engaged in issues of global significance.