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CIGE Publications

December 30, 1899


CIGE publications provide key data, expert advice, and practical strategies for institutions seeking to internationalize their campuses and broaden their global engagement.




International Higher Education Partnerships: A Global Review of Standards and Practices (2015) - (PDF) 4 MB
Based on an analysis of standards of good practice set forth by organizations in the U.S. and around the world, this paper identifies key issues entailed in developing and implementing sound international partnerships, and explores strategies for addressing them effectively. Examples and advice from a variety of programs and institutions are included.

Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives (2014) - (PDF) 2 MB
This study explores international joint and dual degree programs administered by U.S. colleges and universities. Topics include program characteristics and policies, academic focus areas, partner locations, and programmatic challenges, as well as the role of joint and dual degree programs in broader institutional strategy and planning.

Leading the Globally-Engaged Institution: New Directions, Choices and Dilemmas (2014) - (PDF) 1 MB
This paper explores issues discussed by North American and European institutional leaders at the summer 2012 Trans-Atlantic Dialogue, including the impact of the economic downturn on internationalization efforts, the role of student mobility, curriculum, and co-curriculum in internationalization, language and cultural issues inherent in global engagement, and student learning assessment.

Challenges and Opportunities for the Global Engagement of Higher Education (2014) - (PDF) 1MB
This paper examines emerging opportunties for colleges and universities to engage globally, and asserts that institutions are better served in partnerships abroad if they have undergone the process of comprehensive internationalization first. Topics include models for collaboration, institutional “foreign relations” policies, fiscal motivations for global engagement, and higher education‘s role in national interests and public diplomacy.

Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses (2012)
This report assesses the current state of internationalization at American higher education institutions, analyzes progress and trends over time and identifies future priorities. Survey data from U.S. institutions were collected in 2001, 2006 and most recently in 2011, when ACE surveyed 3,357 accredited, degree-granting institutions.

Strength through Global Leadership and Engagement (2011)
This report is the result of the findings of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement, which assessed what ACE must do to support and enhance the global engagement of U.S. higher education institutions. The full breadth of the panel’s work, including its environmental review, principles for global engagement strategies and recommendations for ACE, is substantiated in the body of this report.

International Partnerships: Guidelines for Colleges and Universities (2008)
This publication describes the fundamentals of planning, developing, and implementing international partnerships. It stresses the institutional context for partnerships, outlining how to situate them in the overall institutional internationalization strategy and their importance in supporting core academic goals and programs. It also provides practical advice on implementing each step in the process.

Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses (2008)
This 2008 report discusses the policies and practices for the internationalization of higher education. The survey results from more than 2,700 colleges and universities show that internationalization is not a high priority on most college campuses. The report compares 2006 data (when applicable) to the survey results in 2001.

On the Ground Overseas: U.S. Degree Programs and Branch Campuses Abroad (2008)
This publication outlines the lessons learned from the experiences of U.S campus leaders who have established degree programs or campuses abroad. It also provides descriptions of 10 U.S. programs and branch campuses around the world.

Student Poll: College-Bound Students Interests in Study Abroad and Other International Learning Activities (2008) - (PDF) 1 MB
This study demonstrates that college-bound high school students have a strong interest in study abroad and international learning. The findings suggest that U.S. colleges and universities need to encourage student participation as well as provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge and experiences in the wider world.

Where Faculty Live: Internationalizing the Disciplines (2008)
This report suggests using global learning outcomes to internationalize the academic disciplines. In addition to the benefits of students gaining the skills and knowledge that an internationalized curriculum provides, the faculty has an "intellectual home" within the disciplines, allowing disciplinary associations to lead the way in promoting internationalization.

Apples and Oranges in the Flat World: A Layperson's Guide to International Comparisons of Postsecondary Education (2007) - (PDF) 1 MB
This publication is a primer on making sense of comparative performance measures of postsecondary education. It explains the limitations of international comparisons, and describes the most frequently cited sources. Some of the more commonly cited indicators are also presented.

At Home in the World: Bridging the Gap Between Internationalization and Multicultural Education (2007)
The report outlines similarities and differences between internationalization and multicultural education as well as explaining potential strategies to bridge the gap between the two areas.

A Handbook for Advancing Comprehensive Internationalization: What Institutions Can Do and What Students Should Learn (2006) 
This handbook provides real-world examples and documents to effectively educate students in the global age by integrating programmatic inputs with student learning outcomes.

Building a Strategic Framework for Comprehensive Internationalization (2005)
This report highlights two complementary approaches to internationalization of higher education by combining learner-centered pedagogy and assessment with an evaluation of the internationalization efforts of the institution.

Internationalization in the U.S.: The Student Perspective (2005) - (PDF) 6 MB
Drawing on ACE’s earlier research on the internationalization of higher education, this publication focuses on student experiences and beliefs on international education at highly engaged campuses. The report also compares the differences between students at highly active institutions and students at less active institutions.

Measuring Internationalization in U.S. Higher Education (2005)
This series of reports examines internationalization of higher education by institutional sector (community colleges, liberal arts, comprehensive, and research). Each publication distinguishes "high activity" institutions and presents examples of successful internationalization strategies by sector type.

Cooperating to Compete: A Campus Leaders’ Guide to Developing Curricular Partnerships and Joint Programs (2004)
This paper provides a roadmap for undertaking curricular joint ventures—collaborations that allow innovative colleges and universities to gain economies of scale, reach new students, share investments and build on complementary strengths.

Internationalizing the Campus: A User’s Guide (2003)
This publication is a practical how-to guide to internationalize college campuses for college and university faculty and administrators.

New Times, New Strategies: Curricular Joint Ventures (2003)
This paper explores an emerging type of strategic alliance—the curricular joint venture—that enables colleges and universities to partner with both similar and dissimilar organizations. The authors chart the unknown territory of curricular joint ventures, profile a variety of forms and raise questions that help campus leaders make informed choices.

Beyond September 11: A Comprehensive National Policy on International Education (2002)
This report discusses the need for international and foreign language expertise and citizen awareness in the United States as well as proposes specific strategies and national policies to meet these goals.

Where Credit is Due: Approaches to Course and Credit Recognition Across Borders in U.S. Higher Education Institutions (2002)
This guide explores how specific institutions have overcome the difficulty in obtaining credit recognition for international study and overseas internships.

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    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    In today’s headlines, Inside Higher Ed examines how colleges and universities use discount rates as part of their recruitment strategies, with nearly 10 percent of colleges offering discount rates of 60 percent or more. In other news, the Pittsburgh...

  • Leading Internationalization

    November 23, 2015

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    Register Now for the 2016 Internationalization Collaborative

    ​ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement will host the 2016 Internationalization Collaborative, “Foundations for Global Learning: Internationalization in the General Education Curriculum,” Feb. 20 in Montreal.

  • Financial Aid

    November 23, 2015

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    Perkins Loan Supporters Push for Reinstatement of the Program

    ​ACE, 53 higher education organizations and 535 colleges and universities are requesting a one-year extension of the Perkins Loan Program, which expired on Oct. 1.

  • ACE2016 - The ACE Annual Meeting

    November 18, 2015

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    Register Now for ACE2016

    Register by Dec. 1 to take advantage of the early bird registration discount for ACE2016, ACE’s 98th Annual Meeting, scheduled for March 12-15 in San Francisco.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    November 18, 2015

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    Associations Ask Congress to Prioritize Higher Education in FY 2016 Labor-HHS Spending Bill

    ACE and a group of 21 higher education associations ask for higher education be made a priority as appropriations committees move forward on the remaining spending bills for the 2016 fiscal year.


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