SHU Accepted Into the American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory Program

News Story: July 25, 2013

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.

Comprehensive Internationalization is a strategic, coordinated process that seeks to align and integrate policies, programs and initiatives to position colleges and universities to be more globally oriented and internationally connected institutions. This involves articulated institutional commitment; administrative structure and staffing; curriculum, co-curriculum and learning outcomes; faculty policies and practices; student mobility and collaboration; and partnerships.  

Sacred Heart’s comprehensive internationalization plan has four core values: embracing intellectual exchange, pursuing knowledge and truth, understanding and tolerating difference and creating a better future for our world. The goal is to prepare men and women to live and make their contributions to the human community, be responsive to social and civic obligations and able to respond to an ever-changing world. To achieve this mission, the university will develop and implement a strategic plan for internationalization.  

“I am thrilled that Sacred Heart University has been accepted as a 2013-2015 ACE Internationalization Laboratory cohort member,” said Carrie Wojenski, director of study abroad programs. “This learning opportunity and the experience brought by the ACE will fast-track comprehensive internationalization at our campus, enhancing our ability to leverage our international activities and faculty expertise for the betterment of the university and the human community.”

To help the university reach its goals of increased internationalization, ACE will guide Sacred Heart through the process of reviewing an array of international activities, articulating student goals for international learning, assessing progress towards those goals and developing a strategic plan to broaden and deepen internationalization. In the upcoming months, Sacred Heart will formulate a task force on internationalization to spearhead this initiative.