As a Catholic university, Sacred Heart seeks to play its appropriate role in the modern world by embracing intellectual exchange, pursuing knowledge and truth, and fostering an understanding and tolerance of difference. Our mission, which includes, "preparing men and women to live in and make their contributions to the human community [by being] responsive to social and civic obligations and able to respond to an ever-changing world" necessitates that the University takes an active role in creating and sustaining university-wide internationalization.
Comprehensive Internationalization “is a strategic, coordinated process that seeks to align and integrate policies, programs, and initiatives to position colleges and universities as more globally oriented and internationally connected institutions”(American Council on Education, 2013).
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.
A taskforce has been appointed to spearhead internationalization at Sacred Heart and facilitate ACE Internationalization Laboratory participation. Questions the Taskforce will consider include:
- 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?
- Laura Niesen de Abruna, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Co-Chair)
- Carrie Wojenski, Global Affairs (Co-Chair)
- Leslie DeNardis, Government & Politics
- Christina Gunther, Nursing
- Jaya Kannan, Digital Learning
- Matthew Kaye, Volunteer Programs & Service Learning
- Karl Lorenz, College of Education
- Michelle Loris, English; Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences
- Claire Marrone, Foreign Languages & Cultures
- Robert McCloud, Computer Science & Information Technology; Fulbright Advisor
- Dominick Pinto, Computer Science & Information Technology; UAA President-elect
- John Rapaglia, Biology
- Jerry Reid, Sociology; Center for Irish Cultural Studies
- Mary Trefry, Management
Documents and Reports
Messages from the Provost
Provost's Charge to the Taskforce June 11, 2013
Provost's ACE Int'l Announcement to the University May 7, 2013
Task force communications
Task force communications can be accessed here.
Comments, questions, and feedback about the ACE Internationalization Laboratory or the University's internationalization process can be directed to any member of the taskforce, or by emailing Carrie Wojenski, Director of Global Affairs.