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Survey to Map Internationalization on U.S. Campuses Coming Soon

December 02, 2015


​ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement will launch the fourth edition of its Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey in January to assess the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyze progress and trends over time, and identify future priorities.

The survey is conducted every five years and is the only comprehensive source of data and analysis on internationalization in U.S. higher education, and includes two- and four-year, public and private, degree-granting institutions.

The 2016 Mapping survey will be sent to the provost/chief academic officer at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Make sure your institution is included by sending your contact information. Participants will receive updates on the survey distribution.

The 2016 Mapping survey will address many aspects of campus internationalization, including activities and efforts in each of the six categories of ACE’s Model for Comprehensive Internationalization.

In addition to providing longitudinal data on key internationalization topics over time, the 2016 Mapping survey will address emerging issues and explore in more depth themes that have received increasing attention in recent years. Examples include:

  • “Pathways” programs for international students
  • Enrollment trends in international joint and dual degree programs
  • Strategic planning for and management of international partnerships
  • Sources of funding for internationalization efforts

ACE is also launching a joint project with the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE) to study the relationship between internationalization initiatives and activities undertaken at the institution level, and students’ experiences of these activities and the global learning that results. Data from the 2016 Mapping survey and NSSE’s newly developed Global Learning Module will form the basis of the study. 

Other data to watch for changes from the last survey in 2011 include:

  • Has institutional support caught up with recruiting efforts of international students? The 2011 survey saw an increase in resources and attention devoted to recruiting international students, but the data did not show a commensurate increase in on-campus support for these students once they arrived.  
  • Are more institutions concentrating on the curriculum as a means to deliver global competence to all students—and not just the 10 percent of American college students able to travel abroad?
  • Are faculty internationalization efforts being supported? The 2011 survey found that the percentage of institutions providing various program and funding opportunities for internationalization-related professional development declined. The percentage of institutions that had incorporated international criteria into promotion and tenure policies remained stagnant at a low 8 percent.

To learn more about the 2016 Mapping survey, click here.

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