Mission and Strategic Planning

Web Resources

AAC&U LEAP Campus Toolkit (AAC&U): an interactive library for campus practitioners and other educators to access concise, useful research narratives, examples of campus work, and assessment instruments. Click “global learning” in the word cloud for promising practices and recent publications from the field.

AACC-ACCT Joint Statement (AACC): on the role of community colleges in International Education.

Internationalization Toolkit (ACE): This website is a collection of resources and good practice gathered from institutions during their internationalization review and strategic planning phases.

Publications (Free)

A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future (AAC&U): This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation and the globe to reclaim higher education’s civic mission.

Strategic Planning for Internationalization in Higher Education (AIEA): This occasional paper begins with a review of the history of strategic planning and its application to higher education, before proposing 12 principles for strategic planning related to internationalization.  Three case studies illustrate the principles in practice.

Publications for Purchase

The Senior International Officer as Change Agent (AIEA): Author John Heyl discusses ways in which senior international officers can help bring about change through internationalization efforts on their campuses.


AIEA Conference (AIEA): The annual conference of the Association of International Education Administrators addresses “big picture” issues of internationalization including strategic planning.

AAC&U Annual Meeting (AAC&U): This year was AAC&U’s Centennial Annual Meeting—“Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative”—which will examined the multiple meanings of “global flourishing” for individuals and society. Click on Session Materials, under Resources, to find session PowerPoints, handouts, and other useful resources. AAC&U’s Annual Meeting is held each year in January.

Programs & Institutes

The Fulbright Program (IIE): This program encourages students, faculty and professionals to experience academic life abroad and, upon return to their home institutions, to become experienced advocates for shaping the international components essential to comprehensive strategic planning efforts.

QUIP (Quality Improvement Program for Education Abroad) (Forum on Education Abroad): is a guided self-study and peer review process, resulting in a comprehensive report and recommendations in the areas of program design, evaluation and assessment, marketing and promotion, student advising, and resources and operations. QUIP’s three types of reviews support an institution’s own quality assurance initiatives and is easily adapted to organizations with different philosophies and infrastructures.