The purpose of Winthrop University's Global Learning Initiative
(GLI) is to integrate intentionally global learning across the Touchstone
(general education) Program.
The GLI defines "global" as "local,
regional, national and/or international experiences that may differ from
one's own culture." (see page 1 of the GLI Proposal).
The GLI will improve students' learning in
three categories: global knowledge, global attitudes, and global engagement
(see page 14 of the GLI Proposal).
Winthrop University is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
to award baccalaureate, master's, and specialist degrees. The GLI is part of
Winthrop University's application for reaffirmation through this accrediting
The Quality Enhancement Plan is a five-year comprehensive initiative
designed to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by
focusing on an issue or issues important to student learning. A requirement
of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmation of
accreditation process, the plan must be linked to the institution's values
and planning processes.
The GLI is a result of two years of
collaborative work by Winthrop
University faculty, staff,
and students (see page 3 of the GLI Proposal).
The GLI is a five-year project, which
in the 2011-2012 Academic Year. (For a timeline of activities see page 31
of the GLI Proposal).
The GLI Report identifies six
implementation (or program) goals.