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Appalachian’s International Program Called “Outstanding”

BOONE — Appalachian State University and seven other colleges and universities known for outstanding achievements in internationalizing undergraduate programs have been selected to participate in a project highlighting promising practices in international education.

The American Council on Education (ACE) and Carnegie Corporation’s “Promising Practices: Institutional Models of Comprehensive Internationalization” encourages colleges and universities to internationalize their campuses and link international activities to their core mission.

Appalachian has exchange programs with 36 foreign institutions including particularly strong relationships with institutions in China, Mexico and Poland.

All Appalachian students are required to take at least four international/multicultural courses.

The university’s Office of International Programs is prominently located on campus, symbolizing the value of international education, and the Walker College of Business has designed a new major in international business.

Other institutions selected from a pool of 57 applicants include Beaver College and Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, Indiana University, Kapi’olani Community College in Hawaii, Missouri Southern State, the State University of New York, Binghamton and Tidewater Community College in Virginia.

“At a time when we are concerned about the relatively low levels of internationalization of undergraduate education, we were delighted to find a number of institutions doing outstanding work in a broad range of international activities,” said ACE President Stanley O. Ikenberry.

“These eight are models for other institutions to improve the quality of international education on campus,” he said.

Each institution was cited for the creative and strategic ways they have integrated international activity into their mission, curriculum and student life.

Appalachian will work with ACE to document strategies, innovations and good practices for enhancing internationalization on campuses nationwide.

The 18-month project will build on each institution’s example to promote and contribute to the national dialogue on internationalizing U.S. campuses.

In addition, it will include a self-assessment so schools can look at their international programs and map out current and future activities.

ACE is a comprehensive association of the nation’s colleges and universities dedicated to analysis of higher education issues and advocacy on behalf of quality higher education programs and adult education programs.

Counted among ACE’s members are more than 1,800 accredited degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations and corporations.