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CMU joins 11 others in ACE Internationalization Lab

Planning efforts to engage, benefit students and faculty

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston

Central Michigan University will participate in an Internationalization Laboratory, led by a committee of faculty and staff from across the university. The committee will help lead a campuswide discussion on topics such as curriculum internationalization, globalized student learning outcomes, and faculty engagement in internationalization efforts and education abroad.

"This institutional endeavor will extend conversations across campus and ensure we're graduating leaders who know how to engage as global citizens," Provost Michael Gealt said.

The Internationalization Laboratory, offered through the American Council on Education's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement, provides guidance and insight to higher education institutions. CMU is one of 11 institutions in the 2016-2018 cohort.

"Internationalization crosses over the entire university. We all have stake in it," said William Holmes, executive director of CMU's International Affairs. "This process will result in an inventory of the university's current global efforts, as well as the development of an international strategic plan that will reflect the needs and desires of the university community."

During this comprehensive exercise, two committees will gather the information for the lab.

The Internationalization Self-Study Committee will collect data about current activities around internationalization at CMU during the Spring 2017 semester, according to Christi Brookes, committee co-chair and chair of foreign languages, literatures and cultures. The Internationalization Strategic Planning Committee will set goals, outline action steps and determine metrics to measure success during the 2017-2018 academic year.

"The world has changed," Gil Latz, an ACE internationalization laboratory advisor, said. "As a result of technology, we're interacting around the globe virtually instantaneously. This laboratory will help CMU answer many questions, such as how we are preparing faculty to teach students and how we are preparing students to be engaged in the world."

Latz is the associate vice chancellor for international affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, associate vice president for international affairs for Indiana University, and professor of geography for IUPUI.

ISSC committee members were chosen based on their knowledge of CMU's history and current practice, all of which will aid in data collection. They include:

  • William Holmes, committee co-chair and executive director of International Affairs
  • Christi Brookes, committee co-chair and chair of foreign languages, literatures and cultures
  • David Ash, interim vice president for research and dean of graduate studies
  • Phame Camarena, director of the honors program
  • Justin Bruner, teaching and learning consultant for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Debasish Chakraborty, economics faculty member
  • Dianne Desalvo, director of study abroad
  • Claudia Douglass, vice provost of academic effectiveness
  • Carolyn Dunn, associate vice president for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Susan Naeve-Velguth, communication disorders faculty member
  • Eric Tucker, music faculty member and College of Communication and Fine Arts International Fellow

Additionally, a domestic student and an international student will be named to the committee.

For updates about the process, visit the International Affairs website.

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