ACE Internationalization Lab

“There is an urgent need to prepare the next generation of global citizens so that they can help resolve the challenges we face on a local, national and global level. With the assistance of the ACE internationalization lab, the University of Nevada, Reno will lay the foundation for a more equitable and prosperous community by encouraging everyone to see a broader vision for themselves and others around the world." President Brian Sandoval

The state of Nevada’s economy has been steadily changing. As both the tourism and the technology sector have grown it has become increasingly important for Nevada business, institutions and our workforce focus to situate themselves within a global economy. For the University of Nevada, Reno to be poised not only to train that workforce, but also facilitate international relationships through research and collaboration and create pathways for faculty and students to identify opportunities for growth, our university joined a cohort of 13 institutions in the ACE Internationalization LAB.

What is the ACE Internationalization Lab?

The University of Nevada, Reno is part of a cohort of 13 institutions participating in the American Council on Education (ACE)’s Internationalization Laboratory program:

  • Augustana College
  • Bentley University
  • Bryant University
  • Bucknell University
  • College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
  • Education New Zealand
  • Louisiana State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Pomona College
  • Saint Norbert College
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Nevada, Reno

Participating in the ACE Lab makes the University one of more than 175 institutions that made a serious and sustainable commitment to internationalization.

The ACE Lab program is an 18-22 month process during which institutions partner with ACE experts and cohort universities to undertake a comprehensive internationalization process. As defined by ACE, comprehensive internationalization is a "strategic, coordinated framework that seeks to align and integrate policies, programs, initiatives, and individuals to position colleges and universities to be more globally oriented and internationally connected."

Why internationalization?

At the University of Nevada, Reno, we believe comprehensive internationalization will help our institution achieve the following:

  • Enhancing institutional reputation & competitive position
  • Preparing student for global citizenship
  • Making students more competitive in the global marketplace
  • Generating revenue
  • Enhancing the research agenda
  • Making a better, more understanding world

According to a 2017 study by ACE, top reasons for internationalization among U.S. colleges and universities included: 

  • Improve student preparedness for a global era (71%)
  • Diversify students, faculty, staff on campus (56%)
  • Attract more students, at home & overseas (38%)
  • Generate new revenue for the institution (32%)
  • Contribute to international development (12%)
  • Raise international reputation & ranking (9%)
  • Support institutional accreditation (6%)
  • Maintain U.S. competitiveness (5%)

ACE Lab executive committee

Carina Black

Carina Black

Executive Director, Northern Nevada International Center

Casilde Isabelli

Casilde Isabelli

Department Chair, World Languages and Literature

Bill Payne

Bill Payne

Dean, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

David Shintani

David Shintani

Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

ACE Lab subcommittees

ACE Lab timeline

Summer 2021

  • Identified Lab co-leaders
  • Cohort Milestone Meeting #1, August 2021

Sept 2021-Jan 2022

  • Finalized Lab committee & announcements
  • ACE advisor site visit, January 2022

Jan-March 2022

  • Internationalization foundations
  • Internationalization review: planning 

March-June 2022

  • Internationalization review: data collection
  • Cohort Milestone Meeting #2 in Washington, D.C., March 2022

June - Oct 2022

  • Internationalization review: data analysis
  • Outline/plan final deliverable

November 2022

  • Cohort Milestone Meeting #3 in Washington, D.C.

Nov 2022-March 2023

  • Write & review final deliverable, submit to ACE

March 2023-July 2023

  • Peer review visit with ACE advisor and two peer reviewers, plan next steps
  • ACE final report submitted to leadership