The Division of Academic Affairs continued its commitment to internationalize the curriculum, increase the number of international students enrolled in degree programs, and expand the number of students participating in Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) program. Academic Affairs also supported expansion of international student recruitment; opportunities for study abroad; and student, faculty, and staff exchange programs with colleges and universities internationally. These initiatives directly support WIU's strategic plan Higher Values in Higher Education priorities to "attract students from around the world to Western" and "to increase student-faculty interactions and active learning through international studies."