Greiner on NACU Panel, Rewards and Challenges of Comprehensive Internationalization

By Purnell T. Cropper | January 28, 2011

President Jerry Greiner participated in a panel discussion on “The Rewards and Challenges of Comprehensive Internationalization” at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities on Thursday, Feb. 27. The conference is on “ Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees.”

The session began with a presentation of the inaugural Ernest L. Boyer award to Alexander and Helen Astin. The panel included institutions that that have received the “Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization” given by NAFSA. The award recognizes institutions with specific innovative international programs or initiatives as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies, and policies. The presenters—all members of NACU with this distinction—discussed their perspectives on what a global institution look likes, the challenges they face and continue to face, and how their commitment to internationalization is sustained, especially in times of fiscal constraint and leadership changes.