Members of the 11th Cohort of ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory joined in a robust discussion last Friday in Washington during the mid-year seminar. The participants, who represent 11 institutions of various types and size, explored several campus internationalization issues, with the teaching of foreign languages and partnerships with institutions abroad rising to the top.
This Laboratory Cohort is midway through its 20 months of work and members reported on efforts to transform their institutions’ approaches to global education. All the institutions have formed leadership teams that are gathering data, and have undergone a site visit by ACE staff.
Campus-wide assessments of their internationalization initiatives allowed some members to compile for the first time a full list of all the partnerships with foreign institutions that faculty and leadership had entered into over the years. The participants commented that this process of discovery would allow them to be more strategic about partnerships in the future—for instance, by focusing on a particular region.
The instruction of foreign languages was also a hot topic. While some campuses reported having degree programs in different languages, other had few language classes available before the Lab began. Although the participants agreed that offering languages was only one component of internationalization, it was certainly a critical part of the work.
The 12th Internationalization Laboratory Cohort is currently open for applications, but interested campuses should apply soon as space is limited. For more information, contact Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.