LSU Internationalization Lab

“ Globalization is the movement of people, ideas, goods, capital, services, pollution, and diseases across borders, and internationalization is higher education’s engagement with that reality. American Council on Education (ACE)  ”


American Council on Education (ACE) 

The ubiquity and inexorable nature of globalization demands that higher education respond by internationalizing their institutions for the good of students and the global community in general. Most conspicuously, this involves equipping students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to live and thrive in a globally interconnected and interdependent world. Indeed, universities that will excel at teaching, research and service in the 21st century will be institutions that engage with the internationalization imperative seriously.  

With this in mind, LSU, as one of 13 colleges and universities, is participating in the 19th cohort of the ACE Internationalization Laboratory, which is designed to provide customized guidance and insight to help colleges and universities achieve their internationalization goals. This lab will run from Fall 2021 to Spring 2023. 

What is Comprehensive Internationalization?  

ACE defines comprehensive internationalization as a strategic, coordinated process that seeks to align and integrate policies, programs, and initiatives to position colleges and universities as more globally oriented and internationally connected institutions.  

ACE has identified six interconnected target areas that require strategic attention and resources to achieve comprehensive internationalization and advance higher education’s teaching, research, and service missions globally. Together, these areas comprise what is now known as the ACE Model for Comprehensive Internationalization below.  

ACE Model

ACE Model for Comprehensive Internationalization Infographic Text:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership  & Structure
  • Institutional Commitment & Policy
  • Comprehensive Internationalization
  • Teaching, Research, Service
  • Data-Informed Decision-Making
Curriculum & Co-curriculum
  • Faculty & Staff Support
  • Comprehensive Internationalization
  • Teaching, Research, Service
    Agility & Transformation
  • Mobility
  • Comprehensive Internationalization
  • Teaching, Research, Service