Becker College Named To American Council On Education Internationalization Strategy Group

Published on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Members of Becker College faculty and administration meet with Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (second from right).

What can an American university do to help students from Sierra Leone feel at home on campus? How can a college work with the local region to bolster opportunities for cultural and economic exchange? What is the best way to ensure that a student who takes a service trip to Haiti uses lessons from that experience in pursuing a degree?

Becker College and eight other institutions will craft strategies to increase global engagement on campus and in communities at large as members of the 2012-2013 American Council on Education (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory Cohort, a 16- to 20-month learning community.

As a member of the Internationalization Laboratory, Becker College, based in Worcester, Mass., will form campus leadership teams to develop a global engagement strategy, establish student learning benchmarks, and undergo site visits and peer reviews.

“Becker College takes pride in its leadership in preparing students to become highly educated, global citizens,” said Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., president of Becker College. “Through the ACE laboratory, we can help illuminate an effective path to comprehensive internationalization, provide students with new opportunities for profound professional and personal development, and establish global citizenship as an outcome of higher education.”

“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.”

Joining Becker College in the 2012-2013 ACE Internationalization Laboratory Cohort are Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Merrimack College in Massachusetts, Samford University in Alabama, Texas Christian University,   University of Minnesota Duluth, Villanova University in Pennsylvania, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 2002, 68 institutions have participated in the program. Applications for the 2013-2015 Laboratory Cohort will open in January 2013.

About the American Council on Education

Founded in 1918, ACE is 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.