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Penelope J. Pynes
Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost, International Programs
UNCG is ready to implement ACE Taskforce recommendations

I am happy to report that after two years of work on the ACE Internationalization Laboratory, UNCG is ready to implement recommendations made by the UNCG Internationalization Taskforce.  In 2010 Provost David H. Perrin appointed an Internationalization Taskforce supported by the ACE Internationalization Laboratory. At that time, Provost Perrin stated in his charge to the Taskforce, “With the declaration of internationalization as one of its five strategic directions, UNCG has committed itself to integrating international and intercultural perspectives and experiences into its teaching, learning and service. By working in a concerted collaborative and inclusive manner, UNCG can improve its approach to international education, make it contribute to the benefit of the entire university community, and gain the recognition the University deserves.”

Since that initial charge, the Taskforce has completed its report making recommendations that will aid faculty weave student international competencies into coursework and co-curricular activities and raise the visibility of international accomplishments (submitted December 2011).  The ACE external Review team visited campus (March 2012) and subsequently submitted its report (May 2012). In the response the external review team lauded UNCG’s strength in student exchange and strong basis for internationalization. Provost Perrin announced at the Faculty Convocation (September 2012) that UNCG is ready to implement various recommendations found in the report. At the Faculty Senate meeting held on October 3, Jerry Pubantz and I (as co-chairs of the Taskforce) introduced briefly the Taskforce’s work and asked for the Faculty and Faculty Senate’s support in the process from here. The IPC Advisory Committee has been tapped to work with the faculty senate to begin the process of honing the competencies and finding ways to incorporate them into the curriculum. A faculty senate forum on this topic will be held later this semester.

I would like to recognize the members of the Taskforce for their hard work and leadership over the past two years: Drs. Susan Andreatta, Department of Anthropology; Alan Boyette, Office of the Provost; Roberto Campo (Sub-committee Co-Chair), Language, Literature and Culture; Sarah Carrigan, Office of Institutional Research; Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Department of Educational Research Methodology; C.P. Gause, Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education; Byoungho Jin, Department of Consumer Apparel & Retail Studies; Kevin Lowe, Department of Business Administration; Kathleen Macfie, Language, Literature and Culture; Vicki McNeil, Division of Student Affairs; David Nelson, School of Music, Cathryne Schmitz (Sub-committee Co-Chair), Department of Conflict and Peace studies/Social Work; and Anita Tesh, Dean’s Office, School of Nursing.  Assisting the taskforce was Stephen Flynn, who served as Administrative Assistant to the taskforce.

To read the complete report and response visit the IPC homepage.  Interested in learning more about the Taskforce’s research or want to be involved in the implementation process? Feel free to contact Penelope Pynes via email at pjpynes@uncg.edu.


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