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Internationalization Awards
for Binghamton University

Binghamton University’s achievements in comprehensive internationalization have garnered multiple national awards. The citations below illustrate how internationalization and global perspectives reach students throughout the campus.

American Council on Education

Promising Practices Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Internationalization 2000

The American Council on Education (ACE) launched a major competition in spring 2000 to identify institutions with outstanding records of comprehensive internationalization in their undergraduate programs. The project, "Promising Practices: Institutional Models of Comprehensive Internationalization," was supported by the Carnegie Foundation of New York. In fall 2000, after a very competitive process, Binghamton University and Indiana University (Bloomington) were selected as models for research universities

The other designees were Missouri Southern State College (Joplin), Appalachian State University ( Boone, NC), Beaver College ( Glenside, PA), Dickinson College ( Carlisle, PA), Kapi'olani Community College ( Honolulu, HI), and Tidewater Community College, ( Virginia Beach, VA).

These eight institutions participated in an 18-month project called "Promising Practices: Institutional Models of Comprehensive Internationalization" to document strategies, innovations, and good practices for enhancing internationalization. Among the activities was the development of a self-audit instrument to help other institutions assess their current practices and advance their own agendas for internationalization. Learn more about Binghamton's roles in the ACE project, read an excerpt from Binghamton's "Promising Practices" Proposal or visit the ACE Promising Practices website.

Institute of International Education

Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education 2004

In January 2004 the Institute of International Education (IIE) selected Binghamton University's Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC) program as a winner in the Internationalizing the Campus category, to receive an Honorable Mention for 2003-2004 in the annual competition for the Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. LxC was identified as a "best practice" in campus internationalization. IIE created these annual awards in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education by IIE Network member universities and colleges. Languages Across the Curriculum promotes use of languages other than English in non-language courses by employing international graduate students as Language Resource Specialists. LRSs lead weekly discussions of substitute assignments they prepare. The course instructor, who need not know the language, oversees content, while LxC staff oversee pedagogy. The cultural and academic knowledge of international students enables LxC to provide unique intercultural perspectives in disciplines ranging from biology to international business to theatre.

LxC participation predicts post-graduation use of languages. Since its founding in 1991 nearly 3300 undergraduates and 189 international graduate students have done LxC in 163 courses using 16 languages. See IIE's Heiskell Award Press Release.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization 2004

In January 2004 Binghamton University was recognized for outstanding achievements in internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA designated Binghamton as one of five institutions nationally where an international perspective permeates the institutional culture. The NAFSA competition allowed Binghamton to draw attention to new developments on the campus and in particular to showcase the work that has been done both in the Division of Academic Affairs and in the Division of Students Affairs.

The award, and an associated publication titled Internationalizing the Campus 2004: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities that was disseminated to NAFSA member institutions worldwide, were sponsored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The other institutions receiving this first-ever Senator Paul Simon Award were Bellevue Community College (WA), Duke University (Durham, NC), St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NASPA National Association of Student Personnel Administration International Best Practices Award 

Honorable Mention in the Category of International Programming 2007

Binghamton University 's Division of Student Affairs has received national recognition for its leadership in providing programming for the Turkish Dual-Diploma students to foster their academic success and integration into campus life. Each year up to 200 Dual-Diploma students are in residence at Binghamton. The innovative programming, recognized through this award, is based on a collaboration between the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to offer orientation programs, workshops, residential life programs and celebrations, all of which enable the Turkish students to connect with resources on campus and with other students for cross-cultural understanding and friendship.

Institute of International Education

Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education 2007

The State University of New York's dual-diploma programs with Turkey received the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for International Exchange Partnerships in January 2007 from the Institute of International Education.

The dual-diploma programs won the award for International Exchange Partnerships, which recognizes institutions for developing innovative and effective collaborative programs with counterparts abroad. Binghamton University has played a central role in the dual-diploma programs’ development and success. Binghamton University has enrolled more Turkish students and offers more areas of study to them than any of the other dozen participating SUNY campuses.

Students typically spend freshman and junior years at their home campus and their sophomore and senior years abroad. The program exposes the students to two cultures and two educational systems. Students enrolled in the dual-diploma program must fulfill the academic requirements of their SUNY and Turkish institutions and as a result receive a diploma from each school.

Read the IIE's Heiskell Award announcement or the Inside article.

National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges

Harold McGraw Jr., Prize in Education 2007

  • Award presented to Lois B. DeFleur, University president (1991-2010)

Michael P. Malone Award for Excellence in International Education 2007

  • Award presented to Lois B. DeFleur, University president (1991-2010)

Michael P. Malone Award for Excellence in International Education 2014

  • Award presented to Krishnaswami Srihari, dean, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Last Updated: 10/11/18