SHU Selected for ACE Internationalization Collaborative

Students in Dingle, Ireland

News Story: September 19, 2013

Sacred Heart University has been chosen to join the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Collaborative, a learning community of colleges and universities that provides a forum for faculty and administrators to share ideas and help each other in furthering their international agendas. “We have set aggressive goals in the area of internationalization, and participation in this collaborative will help us with that,” said Laura Niesen de Abruna, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

Sacred Heart’s goals include:

  • Growing SHU’s international population through the graduate, exchange and sponsored student programs
  • Growing study abroad programing to 80 percent of  the student population, including a substantial portion who study abroad for a semester
  • Achieving J-1 visa status, which mean the government will allow SHU to invite foreign scholars to teach or do research for a year at a time
  • Receiving international grants and developing fundraising opportunities
  • Fostering support for languages and cultures across the University
  • Growing Fulbright and other distinguished fellowship opportunities for faculty and students
  • Growing opportunities for faculty development, research and exchange abroad
  • Infusing global and diverse perspectives throughout the curriculum and connecting internationalization to high-impact practices, including first-year seminars, learning communities, service learning, undergraduate research and capstone courses and projects 
  • Moving the institutional culture forward by building global awareness and engagement throughout the university
  • Developing the support structures necessary to support internationalization goals

As part of ACE’s collaborative, members share information about institutional strategies and outcomes and key issues that need further research and advocacy. The selected institutions work closely with ACE over a 20-month period to advance collective knowledge about the issues surrounding assessment and comprehensive internationalization. Joining Sacred Heart in this collaborative are California State University-Dominguez Hills, Emerson College, Clemson University, Leeward and Windward Hawaii Community Colleges, Lewis University, Orange Coast College, SUNY Geneseo, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Western Washington University.

Participation in the collaborative also includes a site visit from a member of the ACE staff. To that end, Barbara Hill will be on campus on September 27. Hill, former president of Sweetbriar College, will meet with senior administrators and conduct a roundtable discussion with the leadership team and key stakeholders to define key questions and issues, clarify goals and develop a plan to build support for the initiative across the University. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have been chosen for the collaborative and are looking forward to having Barbara here and receiving her feedback,” said Carrie Wojenski, director, Office of Study Abroad. “This is an exciting initiative and one that will have a broad and lasting impact for Sacred Heart and our students.”