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Howard Named to ACE’s Creating Global Citizens at HBCUs Project

Washington, DC (Jan. 21, 2011) – Today, the American Council on Education (ACE) named Howard University as one of the seven institutions nationwide to participate in a new project, Creating Global Citizens: Exploring Internationalization at HBCUs partially supported by the U.S. Department of Education. As part of the project, Howard University will develop a strategic plan to advance its internationalization efforts.

At Howard, James Wyche, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer will lead this effort.

"Howard University has a strong legacy of commitment to international affairs and producing leaders for America and the global community," Wyche said. "Under President Sidney A. Ribeau’s leadership, Howard seeks to expand our international footprint and role in world affairs."

Howard University and the six other Historically Black Colleges and Universities were chosen after rounds of written applications and a competitive review process. In the next month,

Howard staff will attend an opening meeting with ACE project staff and the other selected HBCUs to discuss beginning steps.

Other institutions named to the project include: Dillard University, Lincoln University of Missouri, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Savannah State University, Tuskegee University and Virginia State University.

“In the 21st century, if we do not prepare our graduates to join the global workforce, our economy and country will fall behind. That is why the Department of Education’s support for this effort and the work of these institutions is so critical,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “I congratulate these seven colleges and universities, which were selected after a very rigorous application process.”

The project is overseen by an advisory group of representatives from the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), National Association for Equal Opportunity in Education (NAFEO), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), UNCF-Special Programs, and leaders from within the HBCU community

“This grant is one of several efforts we are undertaking to give HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and other schools the tools they need to educate students for success in our global society,” said Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. “We look forward to the outcomes of ACE’s work and hope the results will serve as a model for other HBCUs and schools that serve students who are under-represented in international education.”

Creating Global Citizens is funded by a U.S. Department of Education, International Studies and Research Grant award ($357,976) with an ACE match of 35 percent ($191,479).

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

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