Issue Briefs

The AIEA Editorial Committee is pleased to announce a new publication series.  AIEA Issue Briefs inform AIEA members and the larger international education community about key issues in the internationalization of higher education and potential responses.  Author guidelines for these concise pieces of 1,000 to 1,500 words, can be found here.  

Internationalizing the Tenure Code: Six Strategies for Policy Design and Implementation
Robin Helms, American Council on Education
Fall 2016 

As higher education systems and institutions seek to internationalize, there can be no denying the centrality of faculty to these efforts. How faculty are rewarded for their contributions to internationalization is a crucial question for institutions undertaking this process. Although U.S. higher education is increasingly relying on “contingent” faculty, tenure and promotion are still the primary incentive and reward structure for faculty performance at many colleges and universities.

The American Council on Education’s (ACE) 2011 Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey found that just 8% of institutions had incorporated internationally-focused criteria into their promotion and tenure policies. In a follow-up study, ACE analyzed such policies from the institutions comprising the 8%, and interviewed their provosts and other leaders about the process of doing so. Six strategies for policy design and implementation emerged from their advice.

Managing from the middle: Eight tips for new international education administrators for working with faculty 
Nick J. Gozik, Boston College
Fall 2015 

New SIOs may be surprised to realize that while they are charged with internationalizing their institutions, they have little authority over those needed to carry out the work, including the faculty who do the day-to-day work of educating students.  Thus, SIO's must learn to manage from the middle, persuading and enticing stakeholders to get on board with internationalization.  This Issue Brief offers eight tips for new SIOs on managing from the middle, with a focus on working with faculty members.


Moving to the Center: Five strategies for strengthening institutional commitment to global initiatives
Susan Bender, University of Idaho; and Victoria Jones, University of California–Irvine
Summer 2015 

The importance of global competencies for students is widely acknowledged, yet SIOs and the units they lead are often on the periphery of colleges and universities  Fortunately, formal power is not the only way to increase the impact and prominence of global initiatives.  This Issue Brief, which emerged from a workshop sponsored by AIEA's Strategic Issues Committee, offers five strategies SIOs can use to better understand their institutions and help them “Move Global to the Center.”

Ten quick tips for working with education abroad provider organizations 
Anthony C. Ogden, University of Kentucky 
Summer 2015 

The proliferation of provider organizations working in the broadly-defined "industry" of U.S. education abroad, has made it increasingly challenging for even the most experienced education abroad professional to differentiate organizations and to determine with whom to partner.  Long-standing affiliations and professional loyalties are being tested by the arrival of a new cadre of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations and without doubt competition for students and attention is intensifying. This issue brief provides ten quick tips for working with study abroad providers.

Five (more) reasons why diversity and international offices must collaborate
Christopher Johnstone, University of Minnesota
Fall 2014

This brief provides an overview and rationales for the collaboration of Equity and Diversity and Internationalization offices in higher education institutions. Building on the momentum of AIEA’s October 5, 2014 webinar focusing on the same topic, this brief seeks to explore and expand upon themes discussed by Dr. Harvey Charles and Dr. Benjamin Reese. “Five (more) reasons” is intended to keep the conversation alive in our field and to offer suggestions to SIOs for collaborations with the equity and diversity offices on their campuses. 

State engagement in higher education internationalization efforts: What should international officers know? 
Jason E. Lane, State University of New York and Taya L. Owens, State University of New York
Fall 2014

In many parts of the world, the internationalization of higher education is increasingly influenced by government policies and initiatives.  While there has been some effort to track national government engagement in this area, there has been little attention paid to what is occurring at the level of sub-national governments. This brief addresses that gap by identifying four broad areas in which state governments in the U.S. are influencing international higher education. Although the focus is on the U.S., SIOs outside the U.S. should find questions applicable to their own contexts.