2005 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus

American University

AU Abroad and Abroad at AU

Nomination submitted by: Robert A. Pastor, Vice President of International Affairs

Program Overview
In his 2002 strategic plan for American University, President Benjamin Ladner announced his intention to transform AU into the "premier global university". Study abroad figures testify to the success of AU's new initiatives. Applications for the dramatically expanded study abroad program "AU Abroad" increased by nearly 50% between Fall 2003 and Fall 2004. As part of the new plan, AU faculty members are encouraged to help students align international experiences with their overall education, including senior theses. In Fall 2005, the new "Abroad at AU" program will officially begin to take advantage of AU's Washington, D.C. location to teach international students about America and how Washington works, while they pursue their coursework of choice.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

Selection Panel Members 2005

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Geoffrey Bannister
President, The Forum on Education Abroad

Esther Barazzone
President, Chatham College

Stephen Dunnett
Vice Provost for International Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Ulrich Grothus
Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) New York

Catharine Stimpson
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University