Global Opportunities Expanding at HBCUs

The American Council on Education (ACE) is carrying out research on internationalization and opportunities abroad at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. (Google Images)

Tina A. Brown of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education is reporting that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States are beginning to explore and expand internationalization and opportunities abroad for students. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the American Council on Education (ACE) with a three-year grant to research key factors in these processes, and studies from ACE revealed statistics that, for example, programs abroad offered by degree-granting institutions of higher education increased by “at least 13 percentage points” between 2006 and 2011. Reports by ACE will be distributed throughout the broader HBCU community, although in many cases these opportunities for students depend on the commitment of leaders at their institutions. Included in the current project are schools such as Dillard, Howard, Lincoln, North Carolina A&T, Savannah State, Tuskegee and Virginia State unversities.

Brown writes:

Teams from each of those institutions are working with ACE to “identify promising policies, programs and structures that encourage campus internationalization.” The findings of this project and strategies for enhancing campus internationalization efforts will be shared with the larger HBCU community this summer during a national conference on internationalization at HBCUs,” ACE said.

Savannah State has become a signature institution in global studies recognized by ACE, said Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, an associate professor of political science and chairman of the university’s International Center.

“In many institutions there is a gap between the rhetoric of leaders and the commitment of leaders,” he said. “Savannah State sets the example for internationalization.”

Read more at Diverse.

This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire.

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