On September 29, ACE hosted an International Education Roundtable discussion to preview a new ACE initiative involving the United States and seven partner countries or regions. Education representatives from the embassies of Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the Delegation of the European Union were invited to attend to learn more about the Alliance for Global Innovation in Tertiary Education and how their countries or regions will be involved.
The Alliance comprises a network of senior practitioners, thought leaders, policymakers, and private sector employers, who will come together to identify flexible, student-centered strategies that enable diverse student populations to move through postsecondary education systems and achieve more equitable outcomes. This two-year initiative is coordinated by ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement with funding from Lumina Foundation.
The embassy representatives quickly identified areas of overlapping interest, such as a shared focus on indigenous student populations across Australia, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. Representatives from the United Kingdom and Germany spoke about pressures in Europe to integrate refugee students into higher education systems. The group also discussed challenges concerning credit transferability and recognition of prior learning; improving student outcomes by enhancing support mechanisms; and shared interests in the exchange of good practice and lessons learned.
In February 2018, ACE will convene the inaugural global meeting of the Alliance in Washington, DC. Representatives and a group of expert advisors will discuss specific examples of strategies that increase postsecondary degree attainment for underserved students in their countries.
ACE is partnering with the following associations to form the Alliance:
ACE will share early results of the first Alliance meeting at ACE2018, ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting, March 10-13, 2018, in Washington, DC.