Internationalization Awards for Binghamton University

Binghamton University has received seven national awards for significant achievement in comprehensive internationalization.

The citations below provide additional information regarding these honors.

McGraw Prize in Education

The McGraw Hill Companies have selected Dr. Lois B. DeFleur, President of Binghamton University, as a recipient of the 2007 McGraw Prize in Education. The award, presented in September 2007 and given annually, recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to enhance learning in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. One of three recipients of the 2007 award, President DeFleur was described as a “visionary” who understands “that a well-rounded education is the new currency of today's global economy and have demonstrated a true commitment to helping young people develop the skill sets needed to succeed."

NASULGC: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award

The NASULGC Commission on International Programs has selected Dr. Lois B. DeFleur, President of Binghamton University as a recipient of the 2007 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award. The awards were established in 2000 to provide national recognition for a career of outstanding contributions that furthers international education of state and land-grant institutions. This award is meant to provide national recognition for individuals who have made significant contributions to international programs rather than those who have had a long career of international responsibilities. The Commission's role is to help campuses internationalize and build global competence. The Malone award is a vital part of this strategy.

NASPA: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
International Best Practices Award 2007

Honorable Mention in the Category of International Programming

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 Awards For Innovation in International Education

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

The dual-diploma program 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 program's success.

The University has enrolled more Turkish students and offers more areas of study to them than any of the other six 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- Turkish institutions and as a result receive a diploma from each school. 

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

In January 2004 Binghamton University was recognized for outstanding achievements in internationalization by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Binghamton was designated as one of five institutions nationally where an international perspective permeates the institutional culture. The project, titled Internationalizing the Campus 2004: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, was 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 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. The nature of the NAFSA competition allowed Binghamton to draw attention to new developments on the campus and in particular to showcase both the work that has been done in the Division of Academic Affairs and in the Division of Students Affairs. NAFSA will publish a report profiling each winner which will be disseminated to member institutions internationally.

Institute of International Education
Andrew Heiskell Award for Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC)

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.

American Council on Education
Promising Practices Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Internationalization

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.