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ACE Internationalization Laboratory Cohort Explores New Pathways Together

September 12, 2016


​During the rich discussion at a kickoff meeting Aug. 26, the members of ACE’s 2016-18 cohort of the Internationalization Laboratory learned what the next 20 months have in store and explored the challenges to moving their campuses toward comprehensive internationalization. 

This cohort’s members are Central Michigan University; Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas; Lehigh University (PA); Loyola University Maryland; Missouri University of Science & Technology; Mount Saint Mary's University (CA); Northeast Ohio Medical University; Old Dominion University (VA); Southeast Missouri State University; Universidad Antonio Nariño (Colombia); and University of Nebraska Omaha.

Throughout the day, attendees detailed the current status of internationalization efforts on their campuses and their goals going forward. While each institution is at a different stage of the process, all are seeking to align their efforts into a cohesive strategy for comprehensive internationalization through their participation in the Laboratory. Key discussion topics included curriculum internationalization, globalized student learning outcomes, and faculty engagement in internationalization efforts. 

ACE staff, led by Barbara Hill and Robin Helms, provided an overview of the resources and activities of the Laboratory and what participants can hope to achieve by the completion of the program in 2018. Over the course of the Laboratory, ACE will assist the institutions in tackling challenging issues and gaining campus-wide support and formulating a strategic plan for internationalization. Each participating institution will assemble a committee to spearhead the Laboratory process, attend learning committee meetings in Washington, and undergo a site visit and a peer review. 

Hill and Helms were also joined by several facilitators who have previously participated in the Laboratory and will serve as project advisors to the participating institutions.

As one member of the cohort put it, through the Laboratory, ACE aims to serve as a “lifeline” to colleges and universities trying to find their footing in an increasingly globalized and competitive world. Participating institutions will benefit from the shared experiences of their cohort, as well as the expertise of ACE staff garnered from working with over 100 institutions in the Laboratory program over the last 13 years. 

The next meeting of the cohort will take place in February 2017.

It is not too early to start thinking about applying for the 2017-19 cohort. Applications will open in January. For more information, contact Robin Helms at

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