ACE Internationalization Lab

SDSU International Affairs joined the American Council on Education (ACE) as part of the Fall 2020 internationalization Laboratory cohort. The ACE Internationalization Laboratory is structured around the ACE Comprehensive Internationalization framework, and will guide our campus through strategic planning to internationalize students’ SDSU experience and advance the International Affairs mission to inspire globally conscious citizens.

Learn more about what this means for SDSU.

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ACE Comprehensive Internationalization Framework: SDSU Context

SDSU has included the ACE framework’s six focus areas (Articulated institutional commitment; Administrative leadership, structure, and staffing; Curriculum, co-curriculum, and learning outcomes; Faculty policies and practices; Student mobility; and Collaboration and partnerships), in its global strategy, with the consolidation of the first two areas, and the addition of "Global Education Opportunities", "International Student & Scholar Experience", “Transborder Engagement” and “Access, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion” as additional areas of focus. Initial phases of the ACE Lab will be aligned with SDSU’s Global Strategy Implementation (Activity 29 of the SDSU Strategic Plan).

Which ACE resources are available to the SDSU community?

The ACE Internationalization toolkit covers various areas of comprehensive internationalization, and includes best practices from other institutions that have completed the ACE Internationalization Lab.

What is the timeline?

SDSU began the ACE Lab process in August 2020. The process will conclude in July 2022 with a final report and deliverables. The ACE Internationalization Lab Cohort 18 Timeline outlines all steps in the process. Note that due to COVID-19, the steps that would require SDSU staff to travel are being conducted virtually.

How does this align with SDSU’s Global Strategy Implementation?

The ACE Lab will guide the formation of a Global Strategy for SDSU with each of SDSU’s 8 focus areas receiving specific attention through a targeted subcommittee. 

Who is involved?

Dr. Cristina Alfaro, Interim AVP of International Affairs, is overseeing the ACE Internationalization Lab for SDSU. Dr. Alfaro’s co-chairs in the process are Dr. Adrienne Fusek, Director of Global Education and Partnerships and Mr. Ricky Paniagua, Assistant Director of International Student Services. Other members of the International Affairs Leadership Team and the Global Strategy Implementation Team will all be engaged in various parts of the process. SDSU’s ACE advisor is David Fleshler, J.D., who has 10 years of experience with ACE, and currently serves as Senior International Officer at Case Western Reserve.

What will be the benefits?

Leveraging the ACE Internationalization Lab to create a comprehensive Global Strategy will ensure  a strategic, coordinated process that aligns and integrates policies, programs, and initiatives to position SDSU as more globally oriented and internationally connected.