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Engberg, David, Ed.; Green, Madeleine F., Ed.
Promising Practices: Spotlighting Excellence in ComprehensiveInternationalization.
American Council on Education, Washington, DC.Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.2002-00-0099p.
ACE Fulfillment Service, Department 191, Washington, DC20055-0191 (Item no. 309470, $20). Tel: 202-939-9300. Forfull text: http://www.acenet.edu/ bookstore/.
Reports Evaluative (142)EDRS Price MF01/PC04 Plus Postage.Case Studies; *Educational Practices; Educational Research;*Higher Education; *International EducationAmerican Council on Education; Global Issues
The future of the United States hinges on its ability toeducate a globally competent citizenry. This report showcasesinternationalization at eight colleges and universities selected toparticipate in "Promising Practices," a project organized and administered bythe American Council on Education (Washington, DC), with funding from theCarnegie Corporation of New York. The Promising Practices project was createdto contribute to and advance the national dialogue on internationalization onU.S. campuses, specifically as it relates to undergraduate learning.Ultimately, 57 institutions submitted applications for the project (16research institutions, 15 comprehensive institutions, 18 liberal artsinstitutions, and 8 community colleges). Eight colleges and universities wereselected for participation, two from each of the four institutional types:Appalachian State University (Boone, North Carolina), Arcadia University(Glenside, Pennsylvania), Binghamton University (Binghamton, New York),Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania), Indiana University (Bloomington,Indiana), Kapi'olani Community College (Honolulu, Hawaii), Missouri SouthernState College (Joplin, Missouri), and Tidewater Community College (Virginia).Project work began immediately following the selection and continued for thenext 18 months. Activity highlights included: inaugural, mid-project, andwrap-up workshops; campus visits; and international self-assessment sitevisits. Viewed together, the case studies represent a composite ofinternationalization writ large. These institutions are at the forefront ofthe international education movement. Each has made internationalization acenterpiece of its educational mission and committed significant time,energy, and resources to its advancement. An appendix lists the PromisingPractices Project teams. (BT)
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The American Council on Education (ACE) extends special thanks to the Carnegie Corporation ofNew York for funding the Promising Practices project.
ACE also thanks the Promising Practices teams at each participating institution, as well as theable and energetic international education experts who enthusiastically served as site visit reviewers:
Sheila Biddle, Maurice Harari, Jocelyne Gacel de Avila, Karen McBride, Josef Mestenhauser,Andree Sursock, and Michael Vande Berg. Their comments and insights significantly contributed
to the success of this project.
The project and this report also benefited greatly from the thoughtful contributions ofACE's international staff: Peter Eckel, Debbie Knox, Christa Olson, Maura Porcelli, Laura Siaya,
Elizabeth Siegmund, Barbara Ilirlington, and ACE Senior Fellow Barbara Mossberg.Finally, we would be remiss without acknowledging the foundational work and numerous
substantive contributions of the project's original director, Fred M. Hayward.
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Table of Contents
Introduction 3David Engberg
Internationalizing Undergraduate Education: Challenges and Lessons of Success 7Madeleine F Green
Campus Case Studies
Appalachian State University 21Marvin Williamsen
Arcadia University 31David C. Larsen
Binghamton University 41H Stephen Straight and Katharine C. Krebs
Dickinson College 51Brian Whalen and Neil B. Weissman
Indiana University 61Roxana Ma Newman
Kapi'olani Community College 71Leon Richards and Robert Franco
Missouri Southern State College 79Chad Stebbins and J. Larry Martin
Tidewater Community College 85Jeanne Natal's, Barbara Johnson, John T Dever, and Terry L. Jones
Appendix: Promising Practices Project Teams 97
ACE Board of Directors 99
Center for Institutional and International Initiatives 100
As the world becomes more connected, it is vital that colleges and universitiesprepare graduates who are proficient in foreign languages, aware of differ-ent peoples and cultures, and literate in issues of common global concern.Stated simply, America's future hinges on its ability to educate a globally
competent citizenry.The impulse for global learning is not new. Learning about the world, especially as it
relates to improving the country's strategic advantage, became an important nationalsecurity concern following World War II. The federal government responded with fundingthat created a series of area studies centers and subsidized scholarly exchange, Title VI ofthe National Defense Education Act and Fulbright-Hays, respectively. Later, in the 1960sand '70s, exchange opportunities organized and operated on campuses expanded, as didconversations about equity and power. Since the 1990s, exchange opportunities haveincreased further still, with U.S. students traveling abroad in ever greater numbers andsimilar growth occurring in the number of international students arriving on U.S. campusesfor graduate and undergraduate training. At the same time, a small but growing number ofinstitutions began to value international learning as a central feature of their educationalresponsibilities, incorporating it into their mission statements, dedicating resources, andreconfiguring their curricula to make it available to all students. These institutions aretomorrow's vanguard. They have seen the future and are responding to it in comprehensive,intentional, and integrative ways. For them, higher education's founding mandate to producewell-informed and thoughtful citizens has creatively merged with contemporary realities.
The American Council on Education, with support from the Carnegie Corporation ofNew York, is pleased to present this report detailing the experiences of eight colleges anduniversities that are leading the internationalization movement. Their internationalizationexperience and challenges foreshadow the important changes underway or planned at higher
education institutions elsewhere.
David WardPresident, American Council on EducationJuly 2002
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T his report showcases interna-tionalization at the eight U.S.colleges and universitiesselected to participate inPromising Practices: Spotlighting Excellence
in Comprehensive Internationalization, aproject organized and administered by theAmerican Council on Education (ACE),with funding from The CarnegieCorporation of New York. The PromisingPractices project was created to contributeto and advance the national dialogue oninternationalization on U.S. campuses,specifically as it relates to undergraduatelearning. Its twin objectives were to spot-light institutions that have adopted a com-prehensive approach to internationalizingundergraduate education, and develop aninternational self-assessment instrumentfor use by other colleges and universitieslooking to catalog and advance their inter-national offerings. (See "Internationalizingthe Campus: A User's Guide" [fall 20021, acompanion ACE document, for informationabout international self-assessment proce-dures and processes.)