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Global Learning Initiative


GLI Frequently Asked Questions

QlogoWhat is the GLI?

AlogoThe Global Learning Initiative is a Winthrop University plan to integrate Global Learning intentionally into the Touchstone (general education) Program.

QlogoWhy did Winthrop University create the GLI?

AlogoIn 2010-11, Winthrop University underwent reaffirmation from its accrditing body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS requires that each institution undergroing reaffirmation identify a component of its undergraduate program to improve. This is called the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The GLI is Winthrop University's QEP.

QlogoWhat is the purpose of the GLI?

AlogoThe purpose of the GLI is to improve student learning in three general categories; global knowledge, global attitudes and global engagement.

QlogoHow did Winthrop University choose the GLI?

AlogoThe GLI is the result of a two-year process that involved the entire Winthrop Community: faculty, staff, and students. The process involved focus groups and surveys and presentations of different project ideas. The GLI emerged from a consensus that today's college students need more information about, and experience with, the world in order to be prepared for life and careers in an increasingly integrated and globalized world.

QlogoHow will the GLI affect the student experience at Winthrop University?

AlogoStudents will encounter more Global Learning Components in their Touchstone Program courses, starting with ACAD 101 and HMXP 102. They will also see more Global Learning Cultural Events on campus and may even be required to attend some as class assignments. Students will learn more about study abroad opportunities in their major programs and perhaps be inspired to spend a semester or year abroad. Students may take part in global engagement experiences, such as appropriate service learning projects, or become Peer Mentors in ACAD 101. Finally, students may be involved in sponsoring or performing in Global Learning Cultural Events.

QlogoHow can students get involved in the GLI?

AlogoIn many ways, including

bullet Serving on one of the five committees involved with implementing the GLI;

bullet Sponsoring Global Learning Cultural Events as part of DiGiorgio Student Union Program Board or through their major programs;   

bullet Attending Global Learning Cultural Events;

bullet Participating in musical, dance, or theatrical performances that are Global Learning Cultural Events;

bullet Seeking out Touchstone Program courses that have Global Learning Components;

bullet Seeking out Global Engagement Experiences;

bullet Participating in short-term and long-term study abroad opportunities;

bullet Becoming a Peer Mentor

QlogoHow can faculty get involved in the GLI?

AlogoIn many ways, including

bullet Serving on one of the five committees charged with implementing the GLI;

bullet Sharing their experiences of integrating Global Learning Components into their courses;   

bullet Developing short-term study abroad courses;

bullet Encouraging students to study abroad;

bullet Participating in workshops and TLC sessions on the Global Learning Initiative;

bullet Sponsoring Global Learning Cultural Events;

bullet Developing Global Engagement Experiences;

bullet Recruiting students with international experiences to become Global Peer Mentors;

bullet Suggesting possible titles for the Common Book or for adoption in the HMXP 102 reader;

bullet Integrating new and/or additional Global Learning Components into their courses; and

bullet Teaching ACAD 101 and HMXP 102 if trained.

QlogoHow long will the GLI last?

AlogoThe GLI is a five year plan, which started in the 2011-2012 academic year and
will continue through 2015-2016. In the 2015-16 academic year, Winthrop University
will determine whether and how to continue and expand the GLI.

QlogoHow will we know if the GLI is successful?

AlogoKey personnel in University College, in conjunction with various faculty and staff committees, will regularly assess student learning outcomes in the three general categories (global knowledge, global attitudes, and global engagement), and adjust the program as appropriate.

QlogoWhere can I learn more?

AlogoRead the GLI proposal .