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ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative

Foundations for Global Learning: Internationalizing the General Education Curriculum

February 20, 2016


The Internationalization Collaborative is an annual one-day conference that focuses intensely on a single aspect of campus internationalization. It is designed for any campus leader with a strong commitment to the internationalization of their institution.

Building on themes developed during our 2015 convening, the 2016 meeting of the Collaborative will focused on the courses and co-curricular experiences that are required of all undergraduate students.  Typically known as the general education curriculum in the United States, these experiences are increasingly the focus of innovation and experimentation.

Designed to complement the themes of the AIEA Annual Conference, the program began by highlighting the views of senior leadership and their approach to curriculum internationalization. We learned how presidents and provosts think about general education requirements, how and when they decide to evaluate their goals and effectiveness, and how they design the processes and systems that lead to review and improvement.

Over the course of the day, we increasingly focused on the practical questions facing internationalization leaders, including:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges that I will face when using the general education curriculum to advance international learning?
  • How can I contribute to the development of international learning goals that are broadly supported by administrators and faculty?
  • How can I contribute to a broader discussion of learning goals in the general education curriculum—goals that may not include international learning as the top priority?
  • How do I stimulate innovative approaches to international teaching and learning among our faculty?  Do I need a faculty development plan?
  • What innovative, cost-effective pedagogical tools are available for providing an international experience to all students?

We strongly encouraged teams of faculty and administrators to attend the Collaborative. Discounts are were available for groups of three or more. Please contact us at for further details.
Payment via wire transfer can be arranged by phone at +1-202-939-9330. 




8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

Coffee/tea, continental breakfast


9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Introduction and Welcome

Patti McGill Peterson, Presidential Advisor for Global Initiatives, ACE

Jenifer Cushman, President, AIEA


9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Morning Plenary: The Leadership Perspective

Attendees learned how campus leaders have addressed the challenges of integrating international learning into the general education curriculum, with a focus on how their approaches have been shaped by mission, history, governance, and the size of their institution.  In addition, they offered guidance to internationalization leaders on how to work effectively with senior leaders on this issue.

  • Lynn Pasquerella, president, Mount Holyoke College, and future president of the American Association of Colleges & Universities
  • Patti McGill Peterson, Presidential Advisor for Global Initiatives, American Council on Education
  • Ralph Wilcox, Provost, University of South Florida

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break & Reconvene in Breakout Groups


10:45 – 11:50 a.m. Small Group Discussion

Organized by Carnegie classification

Colleagues focused on a structured, outcome-focused discussion of the issues raised during the morning plenary.


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch


1:00 – 1:30 p.m. CIGE Research Update

Robin Helms, Associate Director for Research, ACE


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Plenary 

Brad Farnsworth, Assistant Vice President, ACE, moderator  

This panel of experts on the curriculum explored some of the most innovative approaches for delivering an international experience in general education.  They also offered advice on designing effective, inclusive planning processes, and they offered guidance on how internationalization leaders can participate fully in campus-wide discussions on common learning goals for all students.

  • Kyra Garson, Intercultural Coordinator, Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia
  • Hilary Landorf, Director, Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University
  • Dawn Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change, Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Howard Wach, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, LaGuardia Community College


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Small Group Discussion

Organized by Carnegie classification

Colleagues focused on a structured, outcome-focused discussion of the issues raised during the afternoon plenary.


3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break


3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Small Group Discussion, continued

 Organized by Carnegie classification


4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Brad Farnsworth, ACE

Mark Harris, President and CEO, ELS Educational Services

Cheryl Matherly, Chair, Internationalization Collaborative Advisory Council




Registration is now closed.

This event took place on February 20, 2016 at the Le Westin hotel in Montreal.




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