IIE's Best Practices Resource

The Best Practices Resource includes feature profiles on each of the winning programs from more than 10 years of Heiskell Awards, along with honorable mention and special recognition recipients. The extensive collection of successful models is intended to provide hands-on help to campuses as they create and expand their own initiatives. In the box at right, expand each section and click on the name of the winning campus to see profiles of the winning initiatives in each category since the inception of the Heiskell Awards. For IIENetwork Members, a special members-only section contains details on the programs' implementation.

The Andrew Heiskell Awards

The Institute of International Education (IIE) created the Heiskell awards in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives that are being conducted in international higher education by IIENetwork member universities and colleges. By recognizing excellence and innovation, the Institute hopes to support IIENetwork members in their endeavors and to signal a new and important role for international education on campus.

IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalization of campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today. We are particularly interested in highlighting initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus. 

The goals of IIE's Heiskell Awards are:

  • To foster innovative ideas that will help international education professionals create and sustain new opportunities for students and faculty
  • To bring international education to the forefront of education policy
  • To stimulate public awareness of the benefits of study abroad and international educational exchange

The 2014 Andrew Heiskell Award Winners

CATEGORY: Internationalizing the Campus

Advancing curriculum development, fostering international opportunities and creatively integrating international students into university life.

Winner: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, International Fellows Program
Honorable Mention: University of British Columbia, Africa Awareness Initiative
Honorable Mention: University of Hyderabad, Study in India Program


CATEGORY: Study Abroad

Providing innovative programs and services to make study abroad more accessible to a broader student population. Special emphasis on specific efforts that led to a strong increase in study abroad participation.

Winner: Clemson University, Engineers for Developing Countries
Honorable Mention:DePaul University, FY@broad


CATEGORY: International Partnerships

Recognizing strategic, comprehensive and innovative international partnership efforts.

Winner: University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
Honorable Mention: Franklin University - Wyzsza Szkola Bankowa Academic Partnership
Honorable Mention: Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico - University of North Texas Academic Liaison Offices


CATEGORY: Internationalizing the Community College

Creating innovative programs and services, including study abroad, to make international opportunities accessible to community college students. (IIE and AACC members are eligible to apply.)

Winner: Lone Star College System, Faculty International Exploration Award
Honorable Mention: Valencia College, Faculty Development for Study Abroad

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Heiskell Awards
IIE will present the 2015 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award winners at a ceremony in New York City on March 20, 2015, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Best Practices Resource