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.

"To realize comprehensive campus internationalization in U.S. higher education requires data collection that charts the progress we are making in the preparation of all students, faculty and staff to engage a more globally interdependent world with skill, wisdom, and responsibility. ACE’s Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses project is an indispensable tool in realizing that goal."
- Gil Latz, associate vice chancellor for international affairs, Indiana University

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 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.

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Sector-specific reports:

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.

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