Internationalization Laboratory

Internationalization Laboratory

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As part of the 2013-2015 ACE Internationalization Laboratory, the SHU Internationalization Task Force accomplished exemplary work in conducting a self-study* on the state of internationalization at the university. Participation in the ACE Internationalization Laboratory process culminated in a site visit and peer review from members of the American Council on Education and distinguished senior international offices. The self-study and peer review report provide valuable suggestions for moving towards our goals.

Provost's Charge to the Taskforce (Summer, 2013)

Internationalization Reports

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ACE Internationalization Laboratory Peer Review (Spring, 2015)
SHU Internationalization Self-Study (Winter, 2014)

History of Participation

In 2013, Sacred Heart University was accepted into the 2013-2015 American Council on Education (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory program. The Internationalization Laboratory is an invitational learning community of the ACE that helps participating colleges and universities to achieve comprehensive internationalization. The Internationalization Laboratory assists participating colleges and universities to achieve comprehensive internationalization. Sacred Heart was among a select group of eight to ten institutions identified annually to participate in this program. A 12- to 16-month program, our participation began in the fall of 2013.

As part of the Laboratory, experts from the ACE assisted us in:

  • Reviewing our current internationalization activities to clarify our institutional goals; and
  • Developing a strategic action plan based on an analysis of current activities on campus.

A task force was appointed to spearhead internationalization at Sacred Heart and facilitate ACE Internationalization Laboratory participation. Questions the Taskforce considered included:

  • What in our institutional history, culture, and values is informing our current goals for internationalization?
  • What do we want to accomplish through strategic partnerships, curricular and co-curricular activities mobility, and programs in this area?
  • What would be a distinguishing niche for our institution in this arena, given our particular identity and strengths?

Task Force Members

Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D., (Co-Chair) | Vice President for Strategic Planning, Acting Provost and Vice President
Academic Affairs

Leslie DeNardis | Associate Professor in Government, Politics & Global Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Christina Gunther | Director of Global Programs & Assessment
Colleges of Health Professions

Jaya Kannan | Director of Digital Learning
Academic Affairs

Karl Lorenz | Certification Officer
College of Education

Michelle Loris | Associate Dean / Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences

Claire Marrone | Professor in Foreign Languages & Cultures
College of Arts & Sciences

Robert McCloud | Associate Professor in Comp. Science & Information Tech. / Fulbright Advisor
College of Arts & Sciences

Dominick Pinto | Associate Professor & Chair in Comp. Science & Information Tech. /
UAA Presidential stream
College of Arts & Sciences

Jerry Reid | Professor in Sociology and Director of SHU in Dingle / Center for Irish Cultural Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Trefry | Associate Professor in Management
Jack Welch College of Business

Press Release

SHU Accepted Into the American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory

July 25, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University has been accepted into the 2013-2015 American Council on Education (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory program. The Internationalization Laboratory is an invitational learning community of the ACE that helps participating colleges and universities to achieve comprehensive internationalization. Read the full article here.

The Internationalization Laboratory assists participating colleges and universities to achieve comprehensive internationalization.  Sacred Heart is among a select group of eight to ten institutions identified annually to participate in this program.  A 12- to 16-month program, our participation will begin in the fall of 2013

As part of the Laboratory, experts from the ACE will assist us in:

  • Reviewing our current internationalization activities to clarify our institutional goals; and
  • Developing a strategic action plan based on an analysis of current activities on campus.

Further information about the ACE Internationalization Laboratory program is available on the ACE website.