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Deadline Approaching to Participate in Survey to Map Internationalization on U.S. Campuses

April 11, 2016

Colleges and Universities Have Until May 3 to Complete Questionnaire

​The deadline to participate in ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement’s fourth edition of its Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses has been extended to May 3. The survey assesses the current state of internationalization at American colleges and universities, analyzes progress and trends over time and identifies 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 was sent via email to provosts and international education leaders at accredited, degree granting U.S. colleges and universities. Hard copies of the survey will be sent to provosts next week in order provide the option to complete the survey in writing.

Institutional participation is critical to the success of Mapping, and to ACE’s ability to provide comprehensive, up-to-date data on internationalization progress. Please email to find out of if your institution has completed the survey. If not, ACE will work with you to make sure the survey reaches the appropriate contact on your campus.

“To realize comprehensive campus internationalization in U.S. higher education requires data collection that charts the progress we are making in the preparation of all students, faculty and staff to engage a more globally interdependent world with skill, wisdom, and responsibility,” said Gil Latz, associate vice chancellor for International Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. “ACE’s Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses project is an indispensable tool in realizing that goal.”

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 focus on 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

Other data to watch for changes from the last survey in 2011 to 2016 include:

  • Has institutional support caught up with efforts to recruit 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 being supported for internationalization efforts? 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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