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2011 ACE Internationalization Collaborative Annual Meeting

December 30, 1899


​Advancing Internationalization: Communities and Campuses Working Together


Communities, economies, and political policies at the local, national, and global levels are increasingly interconnected and higher education has a significant role to play in preparing students and citizens to understand and navigate our progressively interconnected world.

Institutions can enhance their capacity to address pressing social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues at home and abroad through engagement in meaningful partnerships. Potential partners can include allies in business, the NGO sector, public agencies, and government. When successfully leveraged, these reciprocal relationships can strengthen campuses as well as the communities of which they are a part. These partnerships also provide opportunities for global learning by exposing students and community members to the vast array of cultures and diverse experiences that they will encounter in the world around them.

The 2011 ACE Internationalization Collaborative Annual Meeting featured good practices in the development of partnerships with businesses, local community groups, and funding agencies. Practitioners from diverse institutional types and their partners shared examples of successful strategies, described lessons learned in the field, and facilitated dialogue about innovative methods for engaging with colleagues throughout the community. 


Highlights from the 2011 Meeting

Workshop A: An Introduction to the ACE Internationalization Collaborative

Facilitator: Christa Olson, Associate Director for International Initiatives, ACE. [(PDF) 623 KB

The goals of this workshop was to introduce Collaborative newcomers to the concept of comprehensive internationalization, the purpose of the Collaborative, and the suite of methods and resources that ACE has developed to assist institutions in advancing campus internationalization. Participants were provided with copies of the following ACE publications: Internationalizing the Campus: A User's Guide, Building a Strategic Framework for Advancing Comprehensive Internationalization, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2008 Edition. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Explain internationalization as a transformational change process
  • Identify potential partners at their institution or other institutions with whom they might collaborate to achieve their internationalization goals
  • Describe the internationalization review process
  • Engage in a conversation about international learning outcomes and assessment
  • Locate additional internationalization resources through ACE and other relevant organizations
Workshop B: International Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Facilitators: Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Vivek Shandas, Chair of the Internationalization Council & Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University; Gil Latz, Vice Provost for International Affairs & Professor of Geography and International Studies, Portland State University. [(PDF) 585 KB]

This workshop featured an update on the status of international learning outcomes assessment and the presentation of a framework for approaching assessment and an institutional illustration of lessons learned to date. Participants were encouraged to bring their international program goals, outcome statements as well as examples of assessment methods or tools. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Explain a framework for assessing international learning
  • Share lessons learned from work to date on assessing international learning
  • Locate additional resources on assessing international learning
Workshop C: International Service Learning: Principles and Practices, At Home and Abroad

Facilitators: Robert Franco, Professor of Anthropology & Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness, Kapi'olani Community College; Linda Fujikawa, Professor of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, Kapi'olani Community College; Melisa Orozco Vargas, Service-Learning Outreach Coordinator, Kapi'olani Community College; Susan Sutton, Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs, IUPUI, Associate Vice President, Indiana University. [(PDF) 3 MB

This workshop explored the basic definitions, theories, and methods behind international service learning; the issues and challenges faced by those who practice it; and specific examples of successful programs, both at home and abroad.  Participants were assisted in visualizing and strategizing how international service learning might be advanced at their institutions. Participants explored the challenges and rewards embedded in:  

  • The triple intersection between service learning, study abroad, and international education, and other key concepts and findings from recently completed and comprehensive research in the IUPUI Series on Service Learning
  • Rich examples of this triple intersection at work in overseas communities
  • Pathways that connect rich service-learning with issues and problem-based learning relevant to communities at home and abroad
  • Effective service learning for a growing enrollment of international students
  • Models for comprehensive development of international service learning on participants' own campuses
Workshop D: Using Technology to Advance Internationalization

Facilitators: Uliana Gabara, Dean and Carole M. Weinstein Chair of International Education, University of Richmond; Jami Leibowitz, Coordinator of Teaching, Global Understanding, East Carolina University; Jon Rubin, Director of the Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), State University of New York; Biwu Yang, Coordinator of Platform Research and Development, East Carolina University. [(PDF) 413 KB]

This workshop introduced participants to an array of models for utilizing technology as a means to enhance campus internationalization. Facilitators from a diverse group of institutions shared strategies for the use of technology and lead the group in a candid exploration of both the opportunities and challenges presented by this work. Group exercises were used to actively engage participants in unearthing strategies for the development of successful programming.  

  • Participants learned about new globally networked learning models for applying technology to cross-cultural coursework
  • Participants gained an understanding of key questions that need to be raised in developing online international collaborations
  • Participants were empowered to make a strong case at their own institutions for using online technologies to enhance campus internationalization

 Meeting of the Internationalization Laboratory 2010-2011 Cohort
*This session is open to members of the 2010-2011 Cohort ONLY
Facilitator: Barbara Hill, Senior Associate for International Initiatives, ACE

Opening Keynote Address
The Honorable Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. [(PDF) 220 KB]
Good Practice Plenary #1: Engaging Business Partners to Develop the Workforce of Tomorrow

U.S. and multinational corporations acknowledge the need for 21st century graduates to possess international experience, cross cultural competencies, and foreign language proficiency to remain competitive in the global market place. In this session panelists framed the need for support from corporate partners through fundraising, internship and professional development opportunities, as well as engagement with career centers on campus. Panelists highlighted successful models of collaboration that produce graduates who meet the needs of the corporate sector and explored strategies for identifying and approaching potential partners. Panelists included:

  • Kapi'olani Community College
    • Robert Franco, Professor of Anthropology & Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness
    • Linda Fujikawa, Professor of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature [(PDF) 2 MB]
  • Baldwin-Wallace College
    • Alan Kolp, Professor of Religion and Moll Chair in Faith & Life
    • Peter Rea, Director of the Center for Innovation & Growth
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
    • Thomas E. Gouttierre, Dean, International Studies and Programs [(PDF) 3 MB]
    • W. Todd Johnson, Managing Consultant, Social and Economic Analysis, Gallup, Inc. 
Good Practice Plenary #2: Developing International Education Opportunities in Your Own Backyard: Partnering with Local Communities

As students engage in global learning both on campus and abroad they acquire skills that position them well to work with and learn from diverse populations in our local communities such as Diaspora and immigrant groups. By the same token, international students, visiting scholars, and diverse campus community members are resources that can be leveraged to educate the larger campus and local communities. This panel explored models of good practice in identifying and facilitating global learning opportunities in the local community that benefit students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the panel identified campus resources that can be leveraged to promote global learning within the local community.  Panelists included:

  • Park University
    • Steve Youngblood, Director, Peace Journalism Project-Uganda, Associate Professor of Communications [Joined Virtually]
  • Valparaiso University
    • Julie Maddox, Director Study Abroad [(PDF) 581 KB]
    • Andrew Jones, Executive Director, Valparaiso International Center (VIC) [(PDF) 504 KB]
  • Wagner College
    • Cassia Freedland, Director, Center for Leadership and Service
    • Margarita Sánchez, Professor of Spanish, Chair, Languages Department 
Good Practice Plenary #3: Partnering with Funders to Advance the Internationalization of the Campus and Community 

Representatives from funding organizations and agencies with global and international priorities were invited to share their perspectives on what they perceive to be the most pressing global issues and how their programs are designed to address these issues. They also shared their expectations of the higher education community in partnering with them in addressing these issues. Panelists included:

  • United States Department of Education
    • Sylvia Crowder, Director, International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education
    • Steven Pappas, Senior Policy Advisor, International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education
  • National Science Foundation
    • Larry Weber, Director, Office of International Science and Engineering
  • Higher Education for Development
    • Jeanne-Marie Duval, Deputy Executive Director 
Closing Keynote Address  
  • Peter Stearns, Provost and Professor of History, George Mason University
  • Kathleen Enz Finken, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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