Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Conducted every five years, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.

It is the only comprehensive source of data and analysis on internationalization in U.S. higher education, and includes two- and four-year, public and private, degree-granting institutions.

2017 Edition

​Key Findings

  • ​Internationalization is increasingly an administrative-intensive endeavor, coordinated by a single office and/or a senior international officer. More institutions are implementing policies, procedures and planning processes to guide internationalization efforts.
  • While student mobility has consistently been a focus of internationalization efforts, the 2016 data indicate an increasingly sharp emphasis on this area relative to other aspects of internationalization. The level of support international students receive once they arrive on campus, however, remains a concern.
  • Though the curriculum and co-curriculum take a backseat to student mobility in terms of stated priorities for internationalization, an increasing percentage of institutions are implementing academic and co-curricular policies and programming that facilitate on-campus global learning on a broader scale and among a broader base of students.
  • More institutions are offering internationally focused faculty professional development opportunities. However, the faculty-related data raise questions about the recognition of faculty as key drivers of internationalization.
Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2017 Edition
Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2017 Edition
Conducted every five years, Mapping assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
Mapping Internationalization: 2016 Survey Instrument
Mapping Internationalization: 2016 Survey Instrument
Conducted every five years, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
Mapping Internationalization: 2017 Survey Tables
Mapping Internationalization: 2017 Survey Tables
Conducted every five years, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
2012 Edition

​The survey for the 2012 edition was conducted in 2011.

Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition
Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition
A detailed description and discussion of the survey results, including trends over time.
Mapping Internationalization: 2012 Highlights
Mapping Internationalization: 2012 Highlights
Conducted every five years, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
Mapping Internationalization: 2012 Data Tables
Mapping Internationalization: 2012 Data Tables
Conducted every five years, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
2008 Edition

​​The survey for the 2008 edition was conducted in 2006.

Mapping Internationalzation on U.S. Campuses: 2008 Edition
Mapping Internationalzation on U.S. Campuses: 2008 Edition
This report by the American Council on Education summarizes the findings of a 2006 survey of U.S. colleges and universities on their policies and practices in furthering internationalization. It is the second in a series, following a 2001 study.
Mapping Internationalization: 2008 Highlights
Mapping Internationalization: 2008 Highlights
Conducted every five years, Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time, and identifies future priorities.
2003 Edition

​​The survey for the 2003 edition was conducted in 2001.

Download the full report or sector-specific reports:

Mapping Internationalzation on U.S. Campuses: 2003 Edition
Mapping Internationalzation on U.S. Campuses: 2003 Edition
This report examines the internationalization efforts of U.S. colleges and universities with comparisons to previous data, as appropriate and possible. It also looks at the international experiences and attitudes of undergraduate students and faculty.
Measuring Internationalization at Community Colleges
Measuring Internationalization at Community Colleges
This report examines the responses given by 233 community colleges to an institutional survey conducted in 2001 by the American Council on Education (ACE) and funded by the Ford Foundation.
Measuring Internationalization at Liberal Arts Colleges
Measuring Internationalization at Liberal Arts Colleges
This report addresses these questions by examining the responses given by 187 liberal arts colleges to an institutional survey conducted in 2001 by the American Council on Education (ACE) and funded by the Ford Foundation.
Measuring Internationalization at Comprehensive Universities
Measuring Internationalization at Comprehensive Universities
This report examines the responses given by 188 comprehensive universities to an institutional survey conducted in 2001 by the American Council on Education (ACE) and funded by the Ford Foundation.
Measuring Internationalization at Research Universities
Measuring Internationalization at Research Universities
This report examines the responses given by 144 research universities to an institutional survey conducted in 2001 by the American Council on Education (ACE) and funded by the Ford Foundation.

The 2021 Mapping Internationalization survey is open!

Your institution matters! Make sure your university/college is counted in the only comprehensive report on internationalization in U.S. higher education. Data collection will continue through 2021.

To see if your institution has already submitted a survey, use the inquiry form below. If you have any questions or comments, please email MappingSurvey@acenet.edu.

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Support

This research is generously supported by IES Abroad and Sannam S4.




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​Mapping in the News

Agent use among US HEIs doubles in five years, survey shows
The Pie News | June 15, 2017

The State of Campus Internationalization
Inside Higher Ed | June 14, 2017

Internationalisation ‘increasingly seen as revenue driver’ in US
Times Higher Education | June 14, 2017

Rural schools face ‘substantial challenges’
Politico | June 14, 2017

More US Colleges Seek International Students
VOA | June 14, 2017

Report: Internationalization efforts rise at colleges
EducationDive | June 14, 2017

Internationalisation and focus on student recruitment increasing among US colleges
ICEF Monitor | June 14, 2017


Resources

Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees​ (PDF)

Internationalizing the Tenure Code: Policies to Promote a Globally Focused Faculty (PDF)


Blog Posts

Mapping Internationalization 2016: Updates, Improvements and What We Hope to Learn
February 12, 2016 | Higher Education Today

Mapping Snapshot: Education Abroad and the Outbound Mobility of U.S. College Students
May 23, 2018 | Higher Education Today

Mapping Snapshot: Defining Global Learning Outcomes
March 7, 2018 | Higher Education Today

Mapping Snapshot: Managing Internationalization Efforts
June 29, 2018 | Higher Education Today