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ACE director outlines process for Gallaudet’s plans for comprehensive internationalization

Dr. Robin Helms, director of the American Council of Education (ACE) Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, visited Gallaudet University December 4, 2017, to better familiarize campus members involved in the internationalization (IZN) lab with IZN process. The lab is an initiative that will benefit the University in developing goals, strategies, and action plans for comprehensive IZN.

Helms, who serves as the primary advisor in Gallaudet’s IZN lab, explained that the IZN lab is an invitational learning community with participation by 127 institutions from across the U.S. and around the world who are committed to enhancing their capabilities and strategies for comprehensive internationalization. Members of the campus community who attended the meeting included Provost Carol J. Erting and steering committee co-chairs Dr. Caroline Solomon, a professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Mathematics, and chair of the Faculty Senate; Dr. Charles Reilly, executive director of the Office of Research Support and International Affairs; and Gregoire Youbara, an instructor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.  The fourth co-chair, William Hughes, assistant treasurer in the Division of Administration and Finance, could not participate in the meeting because of an out-of-town workshop he previously committed to.

Erting expressed her appreciation for the University’s access to ACE’s wealth of resources, which include expertise, networks, a vast online library, and best practices in international education such as curriculum and co-curriculum objectives, education abroad, faculty and administrative practices, the inclusion of international students, and overseas collaborations. She emphasized the importance of the IZN initiative and the promise it holds for current and future generations of deaf and hard of hearing people around the world. She thanked the steering committee for taking the lead in seeing the planning through to fruition, and added that it is a top priority.

Helms met with the co-chairs of the nine working groups: Articulated Institutional Commitment; Administrative Leadership, Structure, and Staffing; Curriculum, Co-Curriculum, and Learning Outcomes; Faculty Policy and Practices; International Student Recruiting Strategy; International Student Support and Inclusion; Education and Research Abroad; International Collaboration: Academic; and International Cooperation: Capacity-Building Projects. The steering committee will make a formal announcement for who will be the co-chairs and members of the nine working groups in January 2018.

Helms then outlined the schedule for additional meetings with ACE staff in 2018 to review progress, share experiences, and discuss subsequent steps; a peer review by three external members who will visit the University to write an evaluation report and offer suggestions; and culminating with the implementation of the plan in the spring of 2019.

The end result of this rigorous planning model is expected to be highly rewarding, said Helms, pointing to enhanced institutional reputation and competitive position, preparing students for global citizenship, making students more competitive in the global marketplace, enhancing the research agenda, and helping to create a better, more understanding world as some of the anticipated outcomes.

Posted by B Mutisya Nzyuko | Posted December 19, 2017 at 12:41 PM

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