New strategic plan maps out College's goals: Part 2

RELEASED: February 21, 2008

DANVILLE, KYGlobal citizenship is one of the key goals set forth by the strategic plan approved by the Centre College Board of Trustees at their January board meeting, and is an area in which Centre has already made significant progress. The College is a national leader in foreign study: more than 85 percent of Centre's students take advantage of study-abroad opportunities.

The future of Centre's commitment to educating citizens of the world will involve becoming widely recognized among the nation's premier undergraduate experiences for global studies, through an array of curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular offerings, all including extensive study and work opportunities abroad. The global citizenship initiatives include:

1. Establishing a Center for Global Citizenship, the responsibilities for which might include:
• Informing students about existing opportunities and developing new study-abroad opportunities
• Developing and maintaining a database of international internship opportunities for students
• Coordinating a student global citizenship-leadership certificate program focused on developing the knowledge and skills needed for global citizenship-leadership
• Supporting faculty research across all disciplines that encourage student involvement in projects with international emphasis
• Coordinating international guests' visits, convocations, and other activities
• Developing a coherent procedure for international student recruitment

2. Increasing global perspective on campus involves several initiatives, including:
• Establishing an interdisciplinary global studies committee
• Establishing majors and minors in a series of regional and topical studies
• Establishing a global commerce experience
• Creating new majors and minors where the existing structure of relevant majors or minors is close to being in place
• Enhancing language offerings
• Establishing a sustainability component in the curriculum
• Expanding global perspectives in the curriculum
• Exploring the creation of summer immersion programs
• Exploring intensive international study programs
• Developing new initiatives for faculty development
• Establishing summer research funding
• Expanding campus internationalization
• Expanding cultural programs with a global perspective
• Increasing the number of foreign, degree-seeking students
• Pursuing new initiatives in student life related to global awareness

3. Enhancing and expanding study-abroad programs:
• Expanding the Merida program to two long terms (already implemented)
• Establishing a residential program in China
• Establishing exchange programs with institutions in India, the Middle East and other areas
• Offering competitive grants to fund specific research and study-abroad projects for students
• Expanding study-abroad opportunities for science students
• Participating more actively in study-abroad programs administered by other Centre-affiliated organizations
• Creating language scholarships
• Establishing a Visiting Language Scholar Program
• Creating "Live, Learn, and Intern" programs
• Creating a study-abroad honors program

4. Developing outreach programs
• Kentucky Teacher-Training Institute
• Summer Language Immersion Institute

Over the next few weeks, additional Web stories will address other goals and initiatives of the strategic plan.

Centre's Board approves new strategic plan click here for goals.

Click to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of the series "Centre's Board approves new strategic plan."

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