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ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory Offers Opportunity for Institutional Change

May 20, 2019

Apply now for the next cohort, which begins work in August

​Colleges and universities ready to transform their campuses’ approaches to global education should apply now for the 17th cohort of ACE’s Internationalization Laboratory. Selected participants will begin 20 months of work in August 2019.

Participating institutions will work in leadership teams to develop strategic plans that will focus campus attention on internationalization, with the goal of long-lasting institutional change. ACE staff and a team of advisors provide assistance to the teams as they engage in a comprehensive review of internationalization efforts on campus, including self-assessment, site visits, peer reviews, and a final report.

"Our team has learned so much during the Internationalization Laboratory process, both through the materials that we gathered from ACE and through the deeper knowledge we have gained about our own terrain in terms of internationalization," said Mark Heckler, president of Valparaiso University (IN). “The Strategic Plan for Internationalization is the first such plan for our institution, and thus a document of practical as well as historical importance. Your process has allowed us to achieve greater maturation and cohesiveness in our thinking. Now we turn our ideas into action."

Participating institutions will have access to:

  • On-campus site visits by ACE staff, involving a roundtable discussion with the leadership team and key stakeholders to facilitate dialogue, define key questions and issues, clarify goals, and build support for the internationalization process.
  • Three meetings of the entire Internationalization Laboratory cohort, hosted by ACE in Washington, DC.
  • Regular contact with and guidance from ACE advisors as the campus conducts its review, analyzes findings, and develops its action plan.

Interested campuses should apply soon as space is limited. For more information, contact Robin Matross Helms, director of ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, at

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