2018 ACE-AIEA Internationalization Collaborative

February 17, 2018 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Leading in a World of Growing Complexity 

The ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative is an annual event for faculty and administrators to come together as a learning community to address challenges, share ideas and help one another implement comprehensive internationalization strategies at our member institutions.  It is also an opportunity to identify key issues that need further research and advocacy.  The Internationalization Collaborative is a one-day conference that meets in conjunction with the AIEA Annual Conference. Registration for the Collaborative is separate from the AIEA Annual Conference, and members are encouraged to attend both events. More information and registration is available on the ACE website.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Learn more at the ACE-AIEA Internationalization Collaborative website. 

Past ACE-AIE Collaboratives: 

2017 ACE-AIEA Internationalization Collaborative 

Focus on the Co-curriculum: Advancing student learning with a comprehensive international strategy
Saturday, February 18, 2017 
Washington Marriott Wardman Park 

Building on our previous two Collaborative meetings, which focused on curriculum internationalization, we will explore the potential for using the co-curriculum to advance international learning. The Internationalization Collaborative is a one-day conference that meets in conjunction with the AIEA Annual Meeting. Registration for the Internationalization Collaborative is separate from AIEA registration, and we encourage you to attend both events.

Our topics for the day will include:

  • Integrating co-curricular learning experiences into a comprehensive internationalization strategy. Is your institution ready? What administrative structures, resource commitments, and rates of participation by faculty and staff are essential for success? How does the type of institution and its mission shape strategy?
  • Strengthening the links between co-curriculum and curriculum.  How can we bridge the two? How do we develop common learning outcomes?  
  • Designing effective co-curricular programs. How do we design experiences that include the entire community and mobilize local learning resources, including international students and local communities? How do we get beyond “activities” so that we focus on student learning? How do we measure success? How do we recognize student achievement?
  • Engaging faculty and staff.  Who “owns” the co-curriculum? How can faculty integrate co-curricular experiences into the curriculum? Who are the partners who can facilitate this process? What development opportunities can be offered to help both Student Affairs staff and faculty build the co-curricular experience together?  
  • The role of accreditation. How can internationalization of the co-curriculum be part of a comprehensive quality enhancement project? What are some useful institutional experiences in this area?
  • The role of the SIO in addressing these goals and challenges. What are the key relationships that have to be developed? Are there formal reporting lines, or is a networked approach more appropriate?

Questions? Please contact ACE at [email protected].

2016 ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative
Foundations for Global Learning: Innovation in the General Education Curriculum
Saturday, February 20, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Le Westin Montreal
Fee: $250 (USD)  

The Internationalization Collaborative is a one-day conference that intensely focuses on a single aspect of campus internationalization. It is designed for any campus leader with a strong commitment to the internationalization of their institution.

Building on themes developed during our 2015 convening, the 2016 meeting of the Collaborative will focus on the courses and co-curricular experiences that are required of all undergraduate students.  Typically known as the general education curriculum in the United States, these experiences are increasingly the focus of innovation and experimentation.

Designed to complement the themes of the AIEA Annual Conference, the program will begin by highlighting the views of senior leadership and their approach to curriculum internationalization. We will learn how presidents and provosts think about general education requirements, how and when they decide to evaluate their goals and effectiveness, and how they design the processes and systems that lead to review and improvement.

Over the course of the day, we will increasingly focus on the practical questions facing internationalization leaders, including:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges that I will face when using the general education curriculum to advance international learning?
  • How can I contribute to the development of international learning goals that are broadly supported by administrators and faculty?
  • How can I contribute to a broader discussion of learning goals in the general education curriculum—goals that may not include international learning as the top priority?
  • How do I stimulate innovative approaches to international teaching and learning among our faculty?  Do I need a faculty development plan?
  • What innovative, cost-effective pedagogical tools are available for providing an international experience to all students?  


2015 ACE-AIEA Collaborative
Global Competence, Local Challenges: Building an International Curriculum for Everyone
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8:00 a.m. 
Washington Marriott Wardman Park 


The American Council on Education and the Association of International Education Administrators co-sponsor an annual day-long Internationalization Collaborative on the Saturday preceding the AIEA Annual Conference. 

The goal of the 2015 ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative was to help leaders broaden and strengthen the international curriculum on their campuses. In order to increase the proportion of students who graduate with an international experience, institutions must address a number of organizational and demographic challenges.

Designed to complement the themes of the AIEA Annual Conference, our agenda will emphasize the perspective of senior leadership and their approach to internationalization. We will learn how presidents and provosts set institutional goals, how and when they decide to include international learning objectives when they set these goals, and how they design the processes and policies that lead to changes in the curriculum.

We will build on this strategic perspective when we address these management questions:

  • How can I lead a planning process that is inclusive, while sustaining commitment and momentum over an extended period?
  • Should my institution approach curriculum change as part of a comprehensive approach to internationalization?
  • How do I develop a consensus on learning goals at my institution, including broad agreement on terms like international, global, and intercultural learning?
  • Are there ways to align internationalization of the curriculum with learning goals for multicultural education?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges with an approach that focuses on the internationalization of the general education curriculum?
  • What innovative, cost-effective pedagogical tools are available for delivering global competence in the curriculum?  How can institutional partnerships support these efforts?
  • How do we further develop the international expertise of our faculty?


2014 ACE-AIEA Collaborative
Leading Internationalization in Financially Challenging Times: Strategy, Collaboration, and Innovation
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (EST)
JW Marriott (1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC)

The Internationalization Collaborative is a broad network of institutions that are committed to accelerating internationalization on their campuses. For the past decade, the Collaborative has met annually in order to share models of good practice and bring together colleagues from across the nation. The theme of the 2014 Collaborative Annual Meeting is "Leading Internationalization in Financially Challenging Times: Strategy, Collaboration, and Innovation." The 2014 Collaborative is co-sponsored with the American Council on Education (ACE).

The 2014 Collaborative will focus on creating campus environments that stimulate innovative and cost-effective approaches to the challenges of campus internationalization.  In order to link these innovative practices to institutional goals, senior international officers must also understand how senior campus leaders set priorities and allocate resources.  Designed for campus leaders with responsibility for internationalization, participants will have opportunities to discuss this topic through plenary sessions, panel discussions, and small group meetings. Over the course of this one-day meeting, participants will be able to address the following issues:
•         Understanding the leadership perspective on resource allocation
•         Positioning internationalization to be part of the solution to broad institutional challenges
•         Developing strategies for generating and retaining financial resources for internationalization

ACE/AIEA Institute for Leading Internationalization


2013 ILI Participants: Alexandria, VA


 ACE and AIEA held the first Institute for Leading Internationalization in June 2013, an opportunity for campus leaders in international education.  Leading Internationalization is designed for senior campus leaders with responsibility for internationalization, including senior international officers.