ACE hosted the 13 members of the 2014-16 Internationalization Laboratory at a kick-off meeting in Washington, DC, on Aug. 29. The cohort is the largest in history and for the first time includes an HBCU and an institution from outside the western hemisphere.
The laboratory, a program of ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, provides assistance to leadership teams as they engage in an 18-month comprehensive review of internationalization efforts on campus. This year’s members are:
- CUNY Queens College
- Dominican University (CA)
- Eastern Washington University
- Grinnell College (IA)
- Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (Lebanon)
- LIM College (NY)
- New Jersey City University
- Salem State University (MA)
- Southern University and A & M College (LA)
- University of Hawaii System and at West Oahu and Hilo
- University of Maryland
- University of Montana
- University of North Dakoka
At the opening meeting, the cohort members discussed the current situation on their campuses and what they hoped to gain from participation in the laboratory. Many expressed a desire to coordinate the many ongoing international efforts on their campuses through the process, while acknowledging the challenges of creating ownership, finding the right staffing and creating good partnerships, among others.
Leading the discussion were Barbara Hill, ACE senior associate for internationalization, and Susan B. Sutton, Bryn Mawr (PA) senior advisor for internationalization initiatives. They noted how global efforts on college campuses have evolved over the past decade. According to Hill, while early cohorts wrested with defining the concept, the need for campus internationalization is now widely understood. The laboratory focuses more on putting the right pieces into place.
This cohort will meet again in February 2015.