A Conversation on Globalization and Innovation: Best Practices for the Higher Education Community

The relationship between globalization and innovation is complex, timely, and certainly critical given the dynamic landscape for teaching and learning in the 21st century. During ACE2017, the session “Does Innovation Boost Global Perspectives?” hosted by the ACE Council of Fellows, tackled the relationship between these two important concepts.

A Global Conversation on Student Success

Leaders of higher education institutions and associations in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States shared notes on plans to increase postsecondary education attainment at an ACE2017 panel session Monday, March 13, sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

In Higher Education, U.S.-Mexico Relations Are Strong

Findings from a recent ACE study of U.S.-Mexico higher education ties were announced by Arturo Cherbowski Lask, executive director of Santander Universidades and general director of Universia México. At a dinner hosted by ACE president Molly Corbett Broad during ACE2017, ACE’s 99th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 12. Cherbowski said the project set out to inventory “ground-level” activity resulting from several high-level initiatives between the two countries.

ACE2017: Leadership in a Changing World

ACE2017, the Council’s 99th Annual Meeting, wrapped up on Tuesday, March 14 in Washington, DC. Along with leadership in a changing world, the meeting also addressed issues related to higher education leadership, equity and social justice, and innovation, and ACE staff have posted blogs covering a selection of these sessions and events. Also included is a selection of videos from ACE2017 plenary sessions.

Changing the Game for Women in East Africa

In honor of International Women’s Day, CIGE’s Heather Ward interviews Karen Sherman, president of the Akilah Institute, a postsecondary institution for women in Rwanda.

Postcard From the AAC&U Annual Meeting: Global Learning at Emerson College

Central to Emerson’s internationalization plan is a set of global learning outcomes, which have been integrated into a broader set of learning outcomes that address Emerson’s core educational mission. All students benefit from global learning opportunities, and student learning remains at the heart of the institution’s internationalization efforts.

The Growing Risk Facing Our Greatest Export

To preserve the benefits that international education has afforded us, we must reverse the current trend of a diminishing share of international students seeking a U.S. education, write Gretchen Bataille and Brad Farnsworth.

Embracing Internationalization: Princeton in the Global Era

Good things are afoot on the internationalization Princeton, writes alumna Robin Matross Helms. The Dec. 7 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly included an interview with Anastasia Vrachnos—herself an alum—who oversees all things international at Princeton as vice provost for international affairs and operations.

Higher Education Trends, Issues and U.S. Engagement in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans region of Southeast Europe, encompassing the seven countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia), is still a largely overlooked part of Europe when it comes to higher education reform. Lucia Brajkovic looks at how capacity-building projects and international strategic partnerships play a crucial role in institutional change strategies at institutions in these countries.

How Do Campuses Support International Students?

From the last edition of ACE’s Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses, a snapshot of on-campus support for international students. The new edition is scheduled to be released in spring 2017, and will address the percentage of institutions that offer a “pathway” or bridge program to international students—the figure missing from above—among other data.

International Partnerships: What Does it Mean to be Strategic?

Strategic international partnerships are a hot topic in higher education right now. Collectively, we seem to be moving away from an initial philosophy of “let’s sign as many MOUs with foreign institutions as we can,” to an approach that emphasizes careful planning, deliberate action, and attention to quality, depth, and sustainability. Now that we’re headed down this path, however, the nuances of what we mean by “strategic” are increasingly important.

BRIDGE-ing Internationalization and Multicultural Education at Johnson & Wales University

In keeping with Johnson & Wales University’s mission of encouraging cross-cultural engagement to prepare students for the global workforce and civic life, JWU leaders undertook a strategic plan in 2012 that incorporated recommendations from ACE’s At Home in the World: initiative. Shelley Stephenson and Loren Intolubbe-Chmil discuss an innovative international program at an innovative institution.