JERSEY CITY, N.J., Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey City University (NJCU), with 12 other colleges and universities, is participating in the American Council on Education (ACE) 12th Internationalization Laboratory Cohort.
Over the next 20 months, NJCU will develop strategies and goals for campus internationalization. This will include forming leadership teams to work on strategic planning and student outcomes, attending community meetings in Washington, participating in site visits and peer reviews, engaging in monthly communication with ACE staff, and working with faculty to encourage international perspectives to be considered in various programs in the event they are not already.
At NJCU, Dr. Daniel J. Julius, provost and senior academic vice president and former Fulbright scholar, will be coordinating this effort. "We look forward to working with a variety of students, faculty, community and alumni constituencies to bring the world to NJCU and NJCU to the world. It is my hope new networks and partnerships in South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East will be developed and exchanges of students and faculty will be commonplace."
"At NJCU, we will study our many existing internationalization efforts and recommend to President Sue Henderson and Provost Julius how we can achieve further internationalization of the University in a fiscally responsible way that will meet the academic, financial, and career needs of our students," said Dr. Tim White, an assistant professor of history who will chair the NJCU Internationalization Lab Steering Committee.
For the past five years, Dr. White has infused his history courses with international components and has led numerous travel abroad experiences through the "Historic Cities" program he designed.
Joining Dr. White on the Internationalization Lab Steering Committee will be Dr. John Melendez, vice president for student affairs, Dr. Alberto Barugel, professor of modern languages, and Guillermo de Veyga, executive assistant to the provost.
"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."
Since 2002, 92 institutions have participated in the program. The other universities in the 12th Internationalization Laboratory Cohort are:
- CUNY Queens College
- Dominican University (CA)
- Eastern Washington University
- Grinnell College (IA)
- Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (Lebanon)
- LIM College (NY)
- New Jersey City University
- Salem State University (MA)
- Southern University and A & M College (LA)
- University of Hawaii at West Oahu and Hilo
- University of Maryland
- University of Montana
- University of North Dakota
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. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.
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SOURCE New Jersey City University (NJCU)