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Expert Advisors to Guide Alliance for Global Innovation in Tertiary Education

December 18, 2017


​In collaboration with Lumina Foundation, ACE is creating a global learning community–the Alliance for Global Innovation in Tertiary Education–for the exchange of innovative practices shown to increase postsecondary degree attainment and equity.  

ACE has named a panel of expert advisors to help guide the initiative:

  • Nasima Badsha, former chief executive of the Cape Higher Education Consortium, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Michelle Asha Cooper, president, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Washington, DC
  • Marcelo Knobel, rector, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil
  • Jamil Salmi, former tertiary education lead, World Bank, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Andrée Sursock, senior adviser, European University Association (EUA), Brussels, Belgium
  • Mary Tupan-Wenno, executive director of ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy, The Hague, Netherlands

“ACE, with the support of Lumina Foundation, has been able to assemble a distinguished group of world leaders to examine a topic that is of universal importance for higher education: expanding the opportunity for underrepresented populations to access higher education and obtain the support needed to complete a degree successfully,” said Patti McGill Peterson, senior fellow in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE). 

The Alliance, which is coordinated by CIGE, will identify flexible, student-centered approaches that enable diverse student populations to navigate the postsecondary system throughout their lifetimes to obtain knowledge, skills, and credentials. Achieving more equitable outcomes for a changing student demographic is a central goal of the project, which will explore innovative modes of delivery, credentialing, credit recognition and degree pathways. 

The Alliance will comprise a network of senior practitioners, thought leaders, policymakers, and employers from the United States and seven additional participating countries and regions. During this two-year initiative, CIGE will produce a series of thought leadership papers, develop a set of case studies on comparative issues and practices, and facilitate data collection and shared knowledge among Alliance partners. Project outcomes will be circulated widely among the U.S. higher education community.

In February 2018, ACE will convene the inaugural global meeting of the Alliance in Washington, DC. Invited country delegations and the expert advisors will discuss specific examples of policies and practices that increase postsecondary degree attainment for underserved students.

ACE will share early results of the first Alliance meeting at ACE2018​, ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting, March 10-13, 2018, in Washington, DC.

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