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Villanova University Joins American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory Cohort

Washington, DC —Villanova University, along with eight other institutions, has been named to the American Council on Education (ACE)’s 2012-13 Internationalization Laboratory Cohort. As a member of the cohort, Villanova will develop strategies for campus internationalization by: forming campus leadership teams to work on strategic planning and student outcomes, attending community meetings in Washington, undergoing site visits and peer reviews, and participating in monthly phone calls with the Laboratory director. 

At Villanova University, Susan Mackey-Kallis, PhD, will head up this effort as chair of the International Leadership Team. Mackey-Kallis is an associate professor of communication in the Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

“Becoming global citizens is a value in both life and career, both on campus and internationally,” said Susan Mackey-Kallis, PhD, chair of Villanova University’s International Leadership Team. “Our goal is to develop a plan for comprehensive internationalization that will help the University strengthen its global leadership and engagement even further.” 

Added Mackey-Kallis: “The team will look closely at many areas—such as education abroad, international scholar and student development, faculty development, international research and grant development, and international teaching and learning (including curriculum, area studies programs, and learning outcome development)—to see how the University can systematically move forward in its strategies regarding internationalization. 

“The Laboratory helps campuses focus attention on and create a community of understanding around the concept of internationalization,” said Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. “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.”   

Since 2002, 68 institutions have participated in the program. Applications for the 2013-2015 cohort will open in January 2013.

Founded in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Click here for more information.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.


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