What is the
Learning Initiative is a Winthrop University plan to integrate Global
Learning intentionally into the Touchstone (general education) Program.
Why did Winthrop University create the GLI?
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.
What is the purpose of the GLI?
The purpose of
the GLI is to improve student learning in three general categories; global
knowledge, global attitudes and global engagement.
How did Winthrop University choose the GLI?
The 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
How will the GLI affect the student experience at Winthrop
Students 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.
How can students get involved in the GLI?
In many ways,
Serving on one of the five committees involved with implementing the GLI;
Sponsoring Global Learning Cultural Events as part of DiGiorgio Student Union Program Board or through their major programs;
Attending Global Learning
Participating in musical, dance, or theatrical performances that are Global Learning Cultural
Seeking out Touchstone Program courses that have Global Learning Components;
Seeking out Global Engagement Experiences;
Participating in short-term and long-term study abroad opportunities;
Becoming a Peer Mentor
faculty get involved in the GLI?
Serving on one of the five committees
charged with implementing the GLI;
experiences of integrating Global Learning Components into their courses;
Developing short-term study abroad
students to study abroad;
workshops and TLC
sessions on the Global Learning Initiative;
Global Learning Cultural
Global Engagement Experiences;
students with international experiences to become Global Peer Mentors;
possible titles for the Common Book or for adoption in the HMXP 102 reader;
and/or additional Global Learning Components into their courses; and
101 and HMXP 102 if trained.
How long will the GLI last?
The 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
will determine whether and how to continue and expand the GLI.
How will we know if the GLI is successful?
Key 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.
Where can I learn more?
GLI proposal .