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LIM College Selected for American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory

LIM College, along with 12 other colleges and universities, has been named to the American Council on Education (ACE)’s 12th Internationalization Laboratory Cohort.

Over the next 20 months, LIM College will collaborate with its cohort peers and ACE staff to develop strategies for internationalizing all aspects of the student experience and campus life. A team of LIM faculty and administrators, led by the College’s Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Christopher J. Cyphers, will organize an ongoing and sustainable series of activities and initiatives aimed at preparing LIM College students to live, work, and lead in a global society.

The impetus for this effort is borne from the notion that globalization is the phenomenon of the blurring of political, economic, and cultural boundaries, while internationalization is higher education’s response to globalization.

Said LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “In keeping with the globalization occurring throughout the worlds of higher education, fashion and business, LIM College’s current strategic plan includes several goals related to internationalization, including increasing international student enrollment, adding overseas internship opportunities, increasing collaboration with institutions of higher education and industry partners abroad, and expanding the global perspective of both curricular and co-curricular programming.”

President Marcuse continued, “We are thrilled to have been selected to take part in ACE’s Internationalization Lab. ACE’s experience and leadership will be an invaluable resource to LIM College as we develop strategies to reach our goals for internationalization. We hope to use the ACE Lab to learn from other colleges and universities’ successes and challenges.”

Since 2002, 92 institutions have participated in the program. This year’s cohort met for the first time on Aug. 29.

“The 12th cohort is the largest we’ve seen so far, and hosts the first HBCU (Historically Black College / University) and first institution from outside the Western Hemisphere,” said Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. “It represents a tremendous opportunity for these institutions to share lessons and challenges as they undergo what will represent cultural transformation over the coming months.”

About the American Council on Education (ACE)
Founded in 1918, 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 provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.