Global Education Task Force
  From: Les Steele, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Re: Upcoming Meeting

Date: March 4, 2008

I trust the quarter is going well with the end in sight.


As you know we will be having our first meeting on Tuesday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn and I hope most of you will be able to make the meeting. We have lots of work to get started and we need to make the best use of our time. Light refreshments will be provided.


We have a rather large task force and it will be important for us to organize ourselves for both efficiency and effectiveness. As I reviewed the notes and issues to be addressed, it seems to me that we can organize ourselves into four working groups. These are all essential and I believe we can work on these tasks simultaneously providing updates via a public folder and regular meetings of the Task Force. Here are the working groups I suggest:


1.  Mission and Vision

We need a group to focus on designing a clear and distinctive mission and   vision statement to guide our work in global education.


2.   Learning Outcomes

I think we need to be very focused on the learning outcomes we seek for students, faculty and staff. This group can begin by reviewing learning outcomes for our current programs and looking at the literature on global education learning outcomes to help us identify these for our programs.


3.   Programs

We will have a variety of program ideas from renewal of our on-campus curriculum to new study abroad programs to co-curricular programs. It will be this groups responsibility to inventory current programs and to explore comparable programs for new ideas that may match our mission and learning outcomes.


4.   Organization

We need to get a very good organization in place to coordinate, plan and support global education. This group will explore comparables for “best practices,” evaluate these and recommend what might be best for our mission and context.


Our agenda on March 11 will be to confirm our plan and to organize for action. To that end I ask each of you to come prepared to:

  1. Advise on overall plan.
  2. Volunteer for the group that best matches your interests and expertise.
  3. Think through a clear action plan for the remainder of this academic year.