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.
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 .
founded in 1886, is a comprehensive institution of higher education that
enrolls over 6,000
emphasizes the university's collective
to help students acquire
and develop knowledge, skills, capabilities and values that enrich
their lives and prepare
them to meet the needs and challenges of the contemporary world.
To address these
objectives, Winthrop University faculty, administrators, students, and staff
selected the Global
Learning Initiative (GLI) as its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to be
implemented and assessed
The QEP's rationale stems
not only from the institution's mission and student body
but also from Winthrop's commitment to its students
achieving the Winthrop
particularly Competency # 2 that requires students to
seriously the perspectives
of others, and Competency # 3 that mirrors the mission's vision
to prepare students for
the contemporary world by helping them understand the
interconnected nature of
the world and the time in which they live. (University-Wide
Committee, 2010). Although Winthrop has worked hard to increase
has several agreements and cooperative arrangements with
universities, sends a small number of students abroad for study every year,
and even requires students
to take three hours in a designated global course, more than
brief interactions with
and exposure to international students and international cultures will
benefit Winthrop students.
The GLI will build on these ongoing initiatives to promote greater
culturally diverse people, practices, values, and beliefs through the
curriculum and other
campus-wide activities, thereby enhancing Winthrop's global learning
The GLI's purpose is to
integrate global learning intentionally across the
Touchstone(general education) Program
beginning with freshman year. For the GLI, Winthrop is
using Olson, Green, and Hill's
definition of global to mean local, regional, national, and/or
that may differ from ones own cultures (adapted from, 2006, p. v).
The GLI will address
student learning outcomes (SLOs) through course work
Touchstone Program. The
SLOs are grouped into three general categories: global
attitudes, and global engagement. These three areas first will be
addressed in two
Core courses and then broaden to courses across the Touchstone Program. Not
all courses will incorporate aspects of global learning; however,
all graduates will have
explored global influences, examined culturally diverse relationships,
and will have come to
understand how those intercultural dynamics impact their senses of
self, their lives, and
their careers to prepare them better for success in the contemporary
Winthrop will use a
diverse set of direct and indirect assessment strategies to qualitatively and quantitatively measure
progress on GLI implementation and student learning outcomes.
These include adapting
rubrics designed for current assessment efforts and designing new
for the GLI, e.g., a Global Learning Questionnaire that will be
administered to students at least three times during their academic careers.