As colleges and universities around the world come to recognize the value and importance of internationalization as a distinct and intentional project, the need grows for models regarding various aspects of this work. Many SIOs work tirelessly, with little institutional support, but with passion, vision and commitment to pursue internationalization in ways to best meet institutional needs. Some of this work is not only effective, but outstanding and worthy of emulation by other SIOs who are either new to the field or value new approaches to the work they do.
In 2015, AIEA created the inaugural Innovation Award in Internationalization that highlights exceptional programs, projects, or initiatives aimed at advancing internationalization and are directed by SIOs on their respective campuses. The categories that can be used for these programs are based on the American Council on Education’s six elements of comprehensive internationalization (Articulated Institutional Commitment; Administrative Structure and Staffing; Curriculum; Faculty Policies and Practices; Student Mobility; Collaboration and Partnerships).
Submissions for this award must meet the following criteria:
· The project must be widely and easily replicable at other institutions.
· The project must be viable with an infusion of less than $10,000.
· The project must address at least one of the six elements of comprehensive internationalization.
· The project must be able to demonstrate assessment results that confirms its effectiveness.
· The project must be supported or led by a Senior International Officer.
Nominations should provide a detailed sketch of the project’s origins, reach, and composition. Projects that are unique innovations within the overall field of international education will be favored over those that have precedents in other institutions, although overlapping goals and structures will be common. Nominators need not be AIEA members or from AIEA member institutions. Self-nominations are welcome.