2018 ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative: Leading in a World of Growing Complexity
2/17/2018 8:00 AM
2/17/2018 5:00 PM


​The 2017 edition of Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses, ACE’s survey of more than 1,100 colleges and universities, points toward one overarching trend: the growing complexity of leading and managing internationalization.  Reporting on all aspects of inter​​nationalization—from curriculum to partnerships to student mobility--institutions say they are creating more structures, policies, and processes to navigate through this challenging new environment.  

The 2018 Collaborative explored the Mapping report with a day-long program featuring university presidents, provosts, and senior international officers who drew connections between the findings of the report and their own experience.  Other issues covered included:

  • What are the sources of increased complexity?  Are some internal as well as external?  Do we understand them well enough to manage them effectively?
  • How do we align emerging structures, policies, and processes with our international goals?  Who is responsible for the alignment?
  • Are there risks to a more coordinated approach to managing internationalization?  How do we encourage innovation?  How do we ensure that decisions include all relevant stakeholders?

Click here to read the full press release about the 2018 Internationalization Collaborative.

About the Internationalization Collaborative

​Working in partnership with the International Education Administrators Association (AIEA), the ACE co-hosts this annual event for faculty and administrators to come together as a learning community to address challenges, share ideas and help one another implement comprehensive internationalization strategies at our member institutions.  It is also an opportunity to identify key issues that need further research and advocacy. 

The Internationalization Collaborative meets in conjunction with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  ACE/AIEA Welcome Remarks 

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Morning Plenary: Strategy and Complexity: The Role of the Provost 

This session will discuss the causes of increasing complexity in managing internationalization from the perspective of the provost.  How do they develop and coordinate international goals and strategies on their campus? And how do they use data and evidence to support their investments in internationalization?


Brad Farnsworth, vice president, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, ACE


Johannes Britz, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, and professor in the School of Information Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Patrick V. Farrell, provost and vice president of academic affairs, Lehigh University

10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Coffee will be served.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Using Data to Inform Internationalization Strategy and Planning

This session will explore the role of research and data in navigating the growing complexity of leading and managing internationalization.  Major findings from the 2017 Mapping Internationalization on US Campuses study will be presented, followed by a discussion of how institutions can leverage national-level research, peer benchmarking, and internal data to inform internationalization strategy, decision-making, and planning.


Robin Matross Helms, director, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, American Council on Education
Susan Carvalho, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, the University of Alabama

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Afternoon Discussion Groups

Participants will be assigned to work in groups to troubleshoot hypothetical scenarios that complicate managing comprehensive internationalization on U.S. university campuses. Teams will need to devise solutions before reconvening to have group facilitators report out the group’s ideas and solutions.

2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.  Coffee will be served.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Breakouts Reporting and Discussion

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks 

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closing Reception 

Sponsored by IES Abroad


Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Wardman Park Photo 2660 Woodley Road NW 
Washington DC, 20008  

​Registration Closed