Advancing and Sustaining Internationalization: Persistent Challenges and New Opportunities
An impending Washington blizzard didn't stop 116 higher education leaders from across the country from attending the American Council on Education's International Collaboration Annual Meeting. Now in its 10th year, the Collaborative is a network of 114 institutions that provides a forum for teams of faculty and administrators to share ideas and help further advance internationalization on campuses.
The theme for the 2010 annual meeting was: Advancing and Sustaining Internationalization: Persistent Challenges and New Opportunities. Attendees explored topics including how leaders working with constrained resources make the case for internationalization. The meeting, which took place Feb. 4–5, 2010 also highlighted 3 approaches to sustaining and advancing internationalization, including fostering inter-institutional collaboration, innovative uses of technology, and effective assessment and evaluation of internationalization.
Highlights from the 2010 Meeting
Workshop A: An Integrated Approach for Advancing Comprehensive Internationalization
This workshop was designed for participants who are new to the ACE Internationalization Collaborative and would like to learn more about an 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). Representatives from institutions who have worked closely with ACE in piloting this integrative strategy offered lessons learned and helped participants think about how these processes might be applied at their respective institutions. This workshop drew upon the ACE publications Building a Strategic Framework for Comprehensive Internationalization (2005) and A Handbook for Advancing Comprehensive Internationalization: What Institutions Can Do and What Students Should Learn (2006). These ACE publications will be provided to workshop participants. Facilitators included:
- Marley Barduhn, Interim Assistant Provost for Teacher Education, SUNY Cortland [(PDF) 150 KB]
- Christa Olson, Associate Director, Center for International Initiatives, ACE [(PDF) 194 KB]
- Kim Poulsen, Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Education, Seton Hall University [(PDF) 311 KB]
- Steve Youngblood, Assistant Professor of Communications, Park University [(PDF) 10 KB]
- Stephanie Doscher & Hilary Landorf, Florida International University
Workshop B: At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments
This workshop was designed for participants who are interested 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. The workshop will drew from the ACE publication, At Home in the World, and good practices shared at the ACE 2008 symposium, "Cultivating Collaboration Between Internationalization and Multicultural Education" and the 2009 summer institute, "Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments." Facilitators included:
- Jarred Butto, Program Associate, Center for International Initiatives, ACE
- Gailda Davis, Associate Director, Center for Advancement of Racial & Ethnic Equity, ACE
- Presentation: "The Common Ground between Diversity/Multicultural Education and Internationalization, [(PDF) 106 KB]"
- Handout #1: Learning Outcomes Ranking Document, [(PDF) 56 KB]
Workshop C: Internationalization for Chief Academic Officers
This workshop was designed to assist Chief Academic Officers in understanding and leading campus internationalization. The CAO, along with his/her administrative team of deans and faculty, leads internationalization in several ways: through articulating the importance of internationalization, defining internationalization for his/her institution, and developing a strategy for comprehensive internationalization. This workshop showcased effective strategies for leading internationalization and provided a forum for senior leaders to explore shared challenges as well as emerging opportunities. Facilitator:
- Madeleine Green, Vice President for International Initiatives, ACE
Opening Remarks: Global Trends in Higher Education
In her opening remarks, Madeleine Green, Vice President for International Initiatives at ACE outlined emerging trends in postsecondary education worldwide. In her presentation she explored the rising global demand for higher education and the resulting consequences for student mobility, campuses abroad, growth, and privatization.
- Madeleine Green, Vice President for International Initiatives, ACE [(PDF) 108 KB]
Good Practice Plenary #1: Fostering Inter-Institutional Collaboration
This panel explored the ways in which institutions can pool resources and leverage human and financial resources to further internationalization. The presenters highlighted consortia and networks that enhance research, study abroad, and international partnerships. Facilitators included:
- Debra Denzer, Director, Center for International Education, Georgia Perimeter College [(PDF) 854 KB]
- Laurie A. Buonanno, Professor & Chair, Political Science Department, Buffalo State, SUNY [(PDF) 460 KB]
- Kathleen Enz-Finken, Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
- Jay Lokken, Director of International Education, University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
- Presentation [(PDF) 832 KB]
- Handout [(PDF) 32 KB]
Winners of the ACE award competition for the innovative use of technology to enhance internationalization, "Bringing the World into the Classroom."
Good Practice Plenary #2: Using Technology to Enhance Internationalization
This panel showcased the winners of a recent ACE award competition, "Bringing the World into the Classroom." Panelists described innovative courses and programs that infuse an international dimension into the curriculum through the use of technology and facilitate personal interaction between U.S. students and international students, scholars, and citizens. Facilitators included:
- Lucio Soibelman, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University [(PDF) 330 KB]
- Jon Rubin, Associate Professor of Film & New Media, Purchase College, SUNY [Visual Aid, PDF) 32 KB]
- Lawrence Bell, Director, Office of International Education, University of Colorado at Boulder [(PDF) 126 KB]
- Ruta Shah-Gordon, Dean of Campus Life & Internationalization [(PDF) 13.43 KB]
Good Practice Plenary #3: Assessment & Evaluation of Internationalization
This panel explored the ways in which institutions are constantly challenged to evaluate the status of internationalization and appropriately assess student international learning outcomes. The presenters highlighted good practice in assessing learning outcomes and evaluating internationalization indicators. Facilitators included:
- Kurt Kirstein, Dean, School of Management, City University of Seattle [(PDF) 388 KB]
- Stephanie Doscher, Associate Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University
- Hilary Landorf, Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University
- Presentation [(PDF) 609 KB]
- Handout [(PDF) 1 MB]
Closing Keynote Address
In his closing keynote remarks, Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, addressed the challenge of capitalizing on cutting edge technology to enhance student learning. Johnson contended that increasingly, "Users are the content," and higher education, like all sectors of the economy, need to adapt to the new ways in which information is created, disseminated, and captured.