LEICESTER, Mass. — Becker College and eight other institutions will craft strategies to increase global engagement on campus and in communities as members of the 2012-13 American Council on Education's Internationalization Laboratory Cohort.
As a member of the Internationalization Laboratory, Becker College, based in Worcester and Leicester, will form campus leadership teams to develop a global engagement strategy, establish student learning benchmarks and undergo site visits and peer reviews.
“Becker College takes pride in its leadership in preparing students to become highly educated, global citizens,” said Robert E. Johnson, president of Becker College. “Through the ACE laboratory, we can help illuminate an effective path to comprehensive internationalization, provide students with new opportunities for profound professional and personal development, and establish global citizenship as an outcome of higher education.”
Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, said, “The laboratory helps campuses focus attention on and create a community of understanding around the concept of internationalization. This cohort is made up of a diverse group of engaged individuals who will energize their faculty and leadership to enhance the way they approach global education.”
Joining Becker College in the 2012-13 ACE Internationalization Laboratory Cohort are Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Merrimack College in Massachusetts, Samford University in Alabama, Texas Christian University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Since 2002, 68 institutions have participated in the program. Applications for the 2013-15 Laboratory Cohort will open in January.