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2009 ACE Internationalization Collaborative Annual Meeting

December 30, 1899


​​Accelerating Internationalization Through Campus-wide Collaboration

More than 125 attendees participated in the 2009 annual meeting of the Internationalization Collaborative, held on January 30–31, 2009, in Washington D.C. Fifty-two institutions of all types were represented at the meeting. The meeting focused on how diverse campus constituents can collaborate more effectively through sharing one another's expertise, resources, and systems to advance comprehensive internationalization. The sessions highlighted exemplary partnerships between international offices and finance, information technology, student affairs, and development offices.

Highlights from the 2009 Meeting

Workshop A: An Integrated Approach for Advancing Comprehensive Internationalization

This workshop presented ACE's integrative approach for internationalization; this strategy integrates attention to inputs (through an internationalization review and strategic planning process) with attention to outputs (through the articulation of learning outcomes and the development of an assessment plan). Facilitators included:

  • Joseph L. Brockington, Associate Provost for International Programs, Kalamazoo College [(PDF) 1 MB]
  • Christa Olson, Associate Director, International Initiatives, ACE [(PDF) 339 KB]
  • Diana Davies, Associate Provost for International Initiatives, Princeton University
  • Paul McVeigh, Associate Vice President for Global Studies and Programs, Northern Virginia Community College [(PDF) 168 KB]

Workshop B: International Partnerships: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities

This workshop engaged participants in developing a more strategic approach to their campus partnership work. It drew upon ACE's recently updated publication, International Partnerships: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities and assisted participants in developing a comprehensive framework for their institutional partnerships. Facilitators included:

  • Everett Egginton, Dean, International and Border Programs, New Mexico State University [(PDF) 4 MB]
  • Madeleine Green, Vice President for International Initiatives, ACE [(PDF) 124 KB]
  • Susan Buck Sutton, Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis [(PDF) 419 KB]

Workshop C: At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments

This workshop assisted participants in developing a conceptual framework and a set of learning outcomes to guide their institution's efforts to promote synergy between internationalization and multicultural education. Facilitators included:

  • Duncan Carter, Professor/Associate Dean of English & Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University
  • Diana Cordova, Director, Center for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity (CAREE), ACE [(PDF) 233 KB]
  • Gil Latz, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Portland State University

Opening Keynote Panel: A Leadership View on Accelerating Campus Internationalization 

The opening session featured three leaders of institutions that have a demonstrated commitment to internationalization. The panel focused on why they have made internationalization a leadership priority, how they translated conviction into action, and how they fostered the collaboration required to advance internationalization. The wide ranging discussion touched on how to make internationalization a priority in a tough economic climate and offered suggestions on how to maintain and sustain an international ethos on campus. Panelists included:

  • Nancy Ritze, Dean of Institutional Research and Planning, Bronx Community College
  • Thomas Kepple, President, Juniata College
  • Philip DiStefano, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Colorado at Boulder

Plenary #1: Collaborating with Finance and Administration

This panel showcased good practice and innovative ideas in collaboration between international offices and finance, information technology, and administrative offices to enhance internationalization. Panelists included:

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University: Cathy Kelley, Assistant Provost for Educational Technology; Jason Scorza, Associate Provost for Global Learning [(PDF) 880 KB]
  • Texas Christian University: Jane Kucko, Director Center for International Studies: TCU Abroad; Bonnie Melhart, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs [(PDF) 1,002 KB]

Plenary #2: Collaborating with Student Affairs and Residence Life 

Student affairs units offer programs and services that are integral aspects of internationalizing the campus. Learning is enhanced when students participate in international student clubs, intercultural campus events, and global dimensions of residence life. This panel showcased good practice in collaborating with student affairs. Panelists included:

  • Loyola Marymount University: Denise Folga, Director, Office of International Students and Scholars; Anne Prisco, Vice President for Enrollment Management [(PDF) 1 MB]
  • Binghamton University: Brian T. Rose, Vice President for Student Affairs; H. Stephen Straight, Professor of Anthropology and of Linguistics, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and International Affairs [(PDF) 650 KB]

Plenary #3: Collaborating with External Affairs

External affairs offices—including advancement, institutional foundations, alumni, and government relations—represent the institution to a wide variety of constituents.  As such, these offices can be key partners in furthering the internationalization efforts of an institution. This panel showcased good practice and innovative ideas in collaboration among international officers, faculty, and external affairs officers to enhance internationalization. Panelists included:

  • Beloit College: Elizabeth Brewer, Director, International Education; Susan Cleverdon, Executive Director, Gift Planning [Presentation (PDF) 582 KB]; Handout (PDF) 102 KB]
  • Purdue University: Cheryl Altinkemer, Associate Vice President for Development; Andrew Gillespie, Associate Dean of International Programs [(PDF) 422 KB]

Closing Plenary: Mining the Internationalization Mother Lode 

Michael Berger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arcadia University. [(PDF) 192 KB]

Dr. Berger's engaging speech presented thoughts and lessons learned about internationalization from his 16 years as Provost of Arcadia University. He touched on the importance of drawing on existing areas of support for internationalization and connecting various initiatives through strategic planning and establishing synergistic relationships.

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