Case Western Reserve University Becomes Part of Select Group Aiming to Develop International Strategies

American Council on Education Invites Eight Institutions to Join Its 2010-11 Internationalization Laboratory Cohort

News Release: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University has accepted an invitation from the American Council on Education (ACE), based in Washington, D.C., to be one of eight institutions involved in its 2010-11 Internationalization Laboratory Cohort.

The institutions will work jointly on strategic planning and student outcomes by attending ACE meetings in Washington, making site visits and performing peer reviews. They will participate in monthly phone calls with the ACE Laboratory director.

Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler will supervise Case Western Reserve’s role in the collaboration.

“Case Western Reserve has remarkable international assets across all its schools,” Fleshler said. “Over the last year, we have begun a process to make the university an even more international institution. The new international student orientation is one example. “

Fleshler said that being part of the ACE Internationalization Laboratory will allow Case Western Reserve “to work closely with experts at ACE and at other institutions, as we continue our process to further internationalize the university.”

He said ACE will continue to provide expertise as Case Western Reserve determines and implements university policy in the areas of education abroad, international experiences, student recruitment, international research, funding and more.

Case Western Reserve faculty members James W. Kazura, MD, and Janet McGrath, PhD, together with Fleshler, are leading the university’s internationalization strategic planning efforts.

Kazura, who directs the university’s Center for Global Health and Diseases, is a professor of international health, medicine and pathology at the university’s School of Medicine. McGrath is an associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

ACE has hosted 51 schools in the Internationalization Laboratory since 2003. This year’s cohort had its first meeting in Washington on Aug. 26. Previous participants have included such institutions as Purdue University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Kentucky and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"We’re pleased to welcome such a geographically diverse and highly qualified cohort for 2010-11,” said Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE’s Center for Effective Leadership. “Over the next year and a half, the cohort will give all the institutions a chance to share experiences and promising practices as they fully examine their campus environments and create practical plans to help their students meet global learning goals.”

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation's higher education institutions and related associations. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

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Posted by: Marvin Kropko, September 21, 2010 03:28 PM | News Topics: Official Release