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IUPUI joins American Council on Education's Internationalization Laboratory

International event at IUPUI
International event at IUPUI


October 23, 2012

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, along with eight other institutions, is working with the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory to deepen its campus internationalization.

Each year ACE selects a group to join an invitational learning community that helps participating universities achieve comprehensive internationalization, which at IUPUI is defined as “the active involvement, across the teaching, research and engagement missions of the university, in global networks of knowledge and collaboration.” The current group that includes IUPUI is the 10th to participate in the program since 2002.

“The laboratory helps campuses focus attention on and create a community of understanding around the concept of internationalization,” said Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. “This cohort is made up of a diverse group of engaged individuals who will energize their faculty and leadership to enhance the way they approach global education.”

Over a 16- to 20-month span, experts from ACE will help the institutions review current international activities, to clarify institutional goals and develop a strategic action plan based on an analysis of current activities on campus.

The IUPUI internationalization leadership team includes representatives from a broad cross-section of campus schools and programs. William Blomquist, professor of political science and dean of the School of Liberal Arts, is team chairman. An advisory group includes members of the government, business, nonprofit and education sectors.

Among its activities, the leadership team will send representatives to learning community meetings in Washington, D.C., to share information and identify best practices; and work on campus to conduct an internationalization review, develop student learning outcomes and create an internationalization strategic plan.

Other institutions participating in the internationalization laboratory are Becker College and Merrimack College, both in Massachusetts, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Samford University in Alabama, Texas Christian University, University of Minnesota Duluth, Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Virginia Commonwealth University.

About American Council on Education:

Founded in 1918, the American Council on Education s the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.