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American Council on Education's Internationalization Lab

The University of North Georgia is one of 18 colleges and universities participating in the American Council on Education's (ACE) 17th Internationalization Laboratory cohort.

Starting in August, 2019 and spanning a period of 20 months, UNG will develop strategies and goals for campus internationalization with the goal of long-lasting institutional change. The Lab includes forming teams to work on strategic planning and student outcomes, meetings in Washington, and monthly communication with ACE staff and a team of advisors.

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Starting the Process

The first meeting of the cohort took place on August 9, in Washington, DC, and UNG was represented by the co-chairs of UNG’s ACE Internationalization Lab Steering Committee, Sheila Schulte and Dr. Steven Lloyd. The purpose of the meeting was to get an overview of the process and timeline, meet the other cohort members, meet the ACE staff and the ACE Lab advisors, and clarify next steps.  There was also a panel of recent Lab members discussing the process based on their institutional contexts and giving advice on how to make it a successful experience.

UNG’s ACE Lab advisor is Dr. Penelope (Nell) Pynes, and the ACE meeting allowed us time to get to know one another and think through the process at UNG. Dr. Pynes, is the Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is has been a leader with NAFSA and the Association of International Education Administrators where she just completed her term as President.  Her institution went through the ACE Internationalization Lab several years ago under her leadership and found it to be a transformative process. 

Steering Committee

The committee will be responsible for the Lab's final deliverable which is an internationalization plan for UNG that is aligned with the new strategic plan for UNG. The committee members will serve as chairs of several working groups divided by these topics: 

  • Articulated Institutional Commitment
  • Education Abroad
  • International Students
  • Curricular and Co-curricular Learning Outcomes
  • Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Faculty Policies and Procedures
  • Administrative Leadership, Structure and Staffing

Steering Committee Members

This committee has been formed based on the recommendations from each Dean:


Date Plan
August 9, 2019 First meeting in Washington, DC to establish process and timeline
September 13, 2019 Steering Committee meeting
October 4, 2019 Steering Committee meeting
October 14, 2019 Dr. Pynes will visit and meet with the Steering Committee, the Provost, Provost's council, Center of Global Engagement staff, and other constituents
November 1, 2019 Steering Committee meeting
December 6, 2019 Steering Committee meeting

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