In the 1960s and 70s MSU became increasingly involved in international activities. By the mid-1970s it was felt that a university-level committee was needed to provide oversight and review. The ISP Advisory/Consultative Committee was established in spring of 1976 to provide for "broad based participation by University faculty and students in the policymaking of the Office of International Studies and Programs." The ISP A/CC is an advisory committee, not a standing committee, and as such can make policy recommendations to the Dean, but does not develop policy per se. The committee is advisory to the Dean of ISP on:
- study abroad programs
- foreign student affairs
- exchange relationships with foreign institutions
- international comparative and area studies
- international contractual projects and other relationships
- serves as the principal channel of communication at the policy level between the Office of ISP and faculty and students.
The committee determines its own internal operations and they are written in the by-laws (approved January 1995).
Membership includes representatives from each of the Colleges, and two undergraduate and two graduate student representatives. Members serve on at least one of three subcommittees: the Agreements Subcommittee, responsible for reviewing and approving university international agreements; the Policy and Procedures Subcommittee, responsible for reviewing and updating policy documents and establishing by-laws to determine internal operations of the committee; and the Communications Subcommittee, responsible for improving communication between the ISP A/CC and its constituent faculty and students, and making information about international studies and programs more widely available across the university. The Committee as a whole meets once a month throughout the academic year.