Press Release

IIE Presents the Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education

Two U.S. Campuses Recognized For Outstanding International Initiatives at Capitol Hill Ceremony

WASHINGTON DC, May 14, 2003—The winners of the second annual Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education were presented today at a ceremony held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.  The Institute of International Education presented the award in the category of Study Abroad to Fox Valley Technical College for the Transatlantic Automotive Technology Project.  This innovative program uses web-based technologies and trans-Atlantic exchanges to connect students and faculty from three U.S. community/technical colleges who are linked with the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) to students and faculty in Europe who are linked with the Volkswagen Corporation. Two additional programs received Honorable Mentions in the Study Abroad Category:  University of Southern Mississippi for the Vietnam Studies Program and Lake Superior College for the Mexico Study Abroad Learning Community program.

In the category of Outstanding Faculty Program, this year’s Andrew Heiskell Award winner was Colorado State University for the International Development Studies Faculty Mentoring Program, in which faculty members are paired with an ongoing international development project and a mentor in the project’s host country.  Based upon their experience, they revise their curriculum or create a new course at CSU, and develop an interdisciplinary case study.  Honorable Mentions were awarded to California State University – San Bernadino for Professors Across Borders and the University of Richmond for the Faculty Seminar Abroad.

In presenting the awards, IIE president Allan E. Goodman said, “The Heiskell Awards celebrate and encourage the most outstanding initiatives being conducted by IIENetwork member campuses to increase international educational exchange and global awareness on campus.”  These initiatives are noteworthy for their success in encouraging international study and increasing participation in the international elements of teaching and learning.  

At a previous ceremony held in New York City on January 27, Dr. Goodman announced the winners in the INTERNATIONALIZING THE CAMPUS category. This year’s winner was Chatham College for the Global Focus Program.  Honorable Mention was awarded to Missouri Southern State College for the Internationally Themed Semesters, and Connecticut College for the Toor Cummings Center Certificate Program.  Carnegie Mellon University’s Technology Enhanced Learning in International Education program received special PRESIDENTIAL RECOGNITION for its innovative use of technology to increase global awareness, with special focus on students who are otherwise unable to experience study abroad. 

All the winning programs can be found on the “Best Practices” Web page on the IIENetwork Website, a valuable resource for the international educational community worldwide.  The winning program in each of the three award categories was awarded a $1,000 prize, is featured in the Spring 2003 issue of the IIENetworker magazine, and will be highlighted by IIE as one of the best practices in the international education field throughout the year.

“We continue to be impressed by the variety and quality of programs designed to internationalize the American higher education experience,” said Dr. Goodman. “Our goal is to foster innovation in international education curriculum design and an increased desire among institutions to provide a global experience to all students.  We also hope to increase public awareness about the benefits of study abroad and international educational exchange in making the world a safer and more tolerant place.”

The Heiskell awards are named in honor of noted publisher and philanthropist Andrew Heiskell, the former Chairman and CEO of Time Inc. and a longtime advocate for international education.  Mr. Heiskell is Chairman Emeritus of the New York Public Library and a dedicated member of IIE’s Board of Trustees.

Members of the Heiskell Awards Selection Committee for 2003 include some of the leading experts in the field of international education.  They are: Britta Baron, Director, German Academic Exchange Service; Madeleine Green, Vice President, and Director, Center for Institutional and International Initiatives, American Council on Education; Karlheinz Muhr, Chairman, Volaris Advisors; and Diane Paton, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Institute of International Education.

Note:  More detailed profiles of the winning programs and Honorable Mention and Presidential Recognition recipients, including quotes from college presidents and deans, are showcased on the “Best Practices” section of the IIENetwork Website.

Category: Study Abroad

WINNER:  Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI – Enrollment 6,817)
Transatlantic Automotive Technology (TransAutoTEC) Project
Contact:  Marie R. Martin, Ph.D., Associate Dean of International/Intercultural Studies

Using Web-based technology, the TransAutoTEC Project integrates an international dimension of study into the traditional vocational curriculum of automotive technology. This project unites the practice of transatlantic exchanges and distance learning to establish an international dimension often not available in this field of vocational education. 

TransAutoTEC focuses upon familiarizing students with the similarities and difference of the U.S. and European automobile industries and building student-centered international experiences and relationships between associate degree automotive technology students and faculty. Using Web-based technologies, students and faculty in three U.S. community/technical colleges linked with the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) teach and learn collaboratively with European apprentice students and faculty (from Germany, the United Kingdom and Portugal) who are linked with the Volkswagen Corporation. Faculty in partner colleges synchronize the instruction of selected units using common Web-based multimedia learning resources, creating a virtual transatlantic classroom with internationally integrated peer-based learning opportunities. Subsequently, transatlantic student and faculty exchanges will reinforce the relationships made possible by technology, promote cultural experiences, and continue collaborative learning in automotive technology.

Category: Faculty Programs

WINNER:  Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO – Enrollment: 23,934 students)
The International Development Studies Faculty Mentoring Program
Contact:  Alicia Skinner Cook, Human Dev. and Family Studies and Martha A. Denney, Director, International Education.

CSU faculty participate in an international development project and then use the experience to create new courses.

Faculty in the program are paired with an ongoing international development project and mentor in a foreign country, and spend up to three weeks on-site in the host country using their professional skills to contribute to the project (e.g., giving workshops on hands-on science education using indigenous materials, designing a needs assessment instrument for an AIDS orphan project, consulting on a gender studies curriculum at a community college, etc).   So far, mentoring has taken place in the following countries: Azerbaijan, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Kenya, and Tanzania.  Following this experience, faculty revise existing CSU courses and/or create new ones.  They are also required to create an interdisciplinary case study.  The project integrates faculty development with curriculum enhancement across academic departments and with student international internships, thus enriching student learning as well.  Rather than viewing these activities as separate, discrete components, this seamless approach involves academic faculty in advancing their own careers, while enhancing classroom and experiential learning for students, supporting institutional goals, and contributing to an international development project.

The Institute of International Education is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.  An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization.  IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide, over 600 college and university members, and more than 5,000 volunteers.  IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships, administered for the U.S. Department of State, and The Global Training for Development program administered for USAID.  The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide, publishing Academic Year Abroad and Short Term Study Abroad and operating, the search engine for study abroad programs.  IIE also conducts policy research and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.  


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