Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization
11/1/2018 8:00 AM
11/1/2018 5:30 PM


Join this year’s Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization to share and learn best practices and insights for incorporating digital technology as part of your institution's internationalization strategy. 

To stay on the forward edge of internationalization, higher education leaders are integrating a broad range of technology approaches for innovation in curriculum, partnerships, and student mobility.  

Interactive e-learning classrooms and online degree programs are promising options for institutions to produce more accessible, affordable, and scalable global opportunities. Student success planning systems, data analytic software, and artificial intelligence can help institutions streamline internal communications, as well as to support strategic decision making about their global engagement.

In a field that is constantly innovating, how do senior leaders make critical decisions about the best technology options? When is technology NOT the answer for moving internationalization forward? How do senior leaders evaluate the costs and benefits of investing in new technologies?

The ACE Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization is an annual invitational meeting open only to university and college presidents, chief academic officers, and senior international officers and features discussion of critical issues in advancing the internationalization of higher education. ACE also invites chief data information and technology officers to attend this year’s Executive Forum.

For more information, contact cige@acenet.edu, or +1-202-939-9313.

Media Coverage

This event is not open to the media. Reporters interested in more information should contact ACE Public Affairs at 202-939-9365.


8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables

Grab a cup of coffee, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and connect with higher education leaders from across the country to start off your day. Tables will be provided with cards containing conversational information and questions about trends, current issues or specific challenges related to internationalization.  

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Digital Strategies to Improve International Student Retention

Competition for international students is growing, and many U.S. institutions are focusing efforts on international student support and integration to gain a competitive edge, in addition to recruiting. Many international students maintain robust social networks in their home countries, and integration challenges can affect future recruitment prospects. 

International students face both academic and nonacademic complexities, including linguistic, cultural, physical, and mental health issues -- that require institutional support services. How can campuses use technology to strengthen services and support for international students?  Drawing from a variety of colleges and universities, this session’s speakers will discuss examples of digital tools that have improved international student retention on their campuses.

Moderator: Rahul Choudaha, Executive Vice President, StudyPortals

Wolfgang Schlör, Associate Provost, International Initiatives, Georgia State University
Heather Housley, Director of International Student & Scholar Services, Georgia State University
Nithy Sevanthinathan (128KB PDF), Director of International Student Services, Houston Community College
Donna Anderson, Director, Office of International Programs, University of Wisconsin Platteville 

Time includes 15 minutes for Q&A

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Buzz Group Discussions

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Extending Global Learning and Reach through Online Technology

Interactive e-learning classrooms and online degree programs can be accessible, affordable, and scalable options for institutions to extend their global reach.  As technology becomes increasingly integrated across various units on campus—colleges and schools, university relations, adult and continuing education, faculty development, instructional design, international programs—there may be leadership and administrative challenges. What is the role of senior leaders in coordinating and sustaining various forms of global online programs, and how can they ensure consistency and quality? This session will feature senior leaders responsible for an array of global online learning models discussing the leadership strategies they have adopted for this emerging area.

Moderator: Sally Crimmins Vilella, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs of the State University of New York

Karen Ferguson (122KB PDF), Provost and Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Colorado State University Global
Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University
Eva Paus, Professor of Economics and Carol Hoffmann Collins Director, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Krishna Rajagopal, Dean, Office of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Time includes 15 minutes for Q&A

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Buzz Group Discussions

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Planning Global Engagement: Harnessing Campus Data

In an era of data-driven decision-making, senior administrators need analytical tools for identifying institutional strengths and measuring outcomes. While many higher education institutions are engaged in a broad range of international activities, it may be difficult for them to track the full range and scope of their efforts. How can international education leaders make impact assessment an integral part of strategic planning and funding allocations? Are there effective technology tools that can be adapted for small or less- resourced colleges and universities? Are there proven practices for capturing qualitative outcomes, such as learning, research, and service? The session will spotlight various institution’s experiences with developing a comprehensive data and analytics-based global engagement model. 

Moderator: Michael W. Matier (130KB PDF), Vice President, Client Engagement, Academic Analytics

Molly Watkins, Executive Director for International Affairs, Center for International Affairs, Case Western Reserve University
Zareen Naqvi (144KB PDF), Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Simon Fraser University (BC)

Time includes 15 minutes for Q&A

4:45 - 5:25 p.m.

Buzz Group Discussions

5:25 - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Brad Farnsworth, Vice President of Internationalization and Global Engagement, ACE


The Executive Forum took place at the National Center for Higher Education.

1 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036



​Registration Closed