Loyola University Maryland is one of 11 colleges and universities invited to join the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory Cohort for 2016-18. Higher education institutions committed to building on existing strengths and poised to take the next step toward institutional comprehensive internationalization and global engagement were invited to apply to be part of the ACE Lab. More than 110 schools have participated in the program since its inception in 2002; Loyola is only the second Jesuit institution to participate.
Guidance and insight gained from participating in the program, in coordination with community feedback and discernment, will help Loyola generate and execute a plan that supports global awareness, engagement, and learning, and connects the local community to the world.
Through comprehensive internationalization, Loyola will inspire students, faculty, staff, and alumni to become committed citizens with an active awareness of and appreciation for their role in leading positive change across neighborhoods, borders, and cultures.
“This important next step toward greater global awareness in our shared world is faithful to Loyola University Maryland’s Jesuit vision and values,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., President of Loyola. “The ACE Lab offers experiential goals that strongly align with our new strategic plan, The Ignatian Compass: Guiding Loyola University Maryland to Ever Greater Excellence, which calls on us to look for ways to extend our interactions and connections globally and to develop globally-minded citizens committed to creating a more just world.”
An ACE Lab advisor will work with a task force at Loyola to develop strategies and goals for campus internationalization, form leadership teams to work on strategic planning and student outcomes, and develop an action plan based on an analysis of current campus activities.