March 23, 2015
The Global and Cultural Awareness team needs to accomplish the following two things before the end of the spring term:
- Decide on the rubric we will test for the pilot in the fall. This may end up being a combination of dimensions from two different rubrics.
- Figure out which courses are appropriate for inclusion in the pilot.
March 23, 2015
The group weighed in and the following draft statement was selected to present to the Faculty Senate Council today:
Students will develop an understanding of global interdependence and how it is influenced by culture - those values, beliefs, practices, rituals, and behaviors held by groups of people. Students will learn how to formally and informally communicate across cultures, recognizing similarities and respecting differences.
You can view the results of the vote and alternate suggestions here.
March 18, 2015
What a productive meeting! Here is the draft statement we created, which was built on group summaries from the previous meeting. (There is a photo below that synthesizes those group summaries)
The team will review the draft, and make final suggestions by Friday, March 20th. The draft goes to the Faculty Senate Council on Monday, the 23rd for review. The last step is to present it to Faculty Senate for final approval.
Global and Cultural Awareness ISLO Draft Statement
Students will develop an understanding of global interdependence and how it is influenced by culture - those values, beliefs, practices, rituals, and behaviors held by [groups of people..?]
Students will learn how to formally and informally communicate across cultures, recognizing similarities and respecting differences.
February 19, 2015
Below are the group summaries from our initial meeting. These summaries will be synthesized for presentation to the Faculty Senate, who will provide additional input prior to final revision of the ISLO definition.
Group #1 Summary
Team members: Angie Wood, Evelyn Mobley, Gladys Pineda-Loher, Maria Spears, and Michael McCamish
How do we define culture?
We define culture as both shared and learned: values, beliefs, practices, artifacts, rituals, languages/communication and institutions. Culture is not nationality or ethnicity. Culture changes over time, due to surrounding influences (peers, family, situations, location). You are not born with culture.
What is the difference between global awareness and intercultural awareness?
We encounter intercultural every day, but not necessarily global. In terms of global awareness, our students need to have an understanding of the intricacies and situations (political, social, and economic) throughout the world. They need to understand how a situation in one location has a trickle-down effect into another location, and that we all become more dependent on each other as time progresses and we become more globalized. Even more importantly, our students need to have intercultural awareness, or an understanding of the surrounding cultures that they may encounter in any given day, and they must be able to interact with them.
What should be our focus?
We, as Chattanooga State Community College, should work with our students to help them develop the skill of intercultural communication. We truly believe that this is a skill that is becoming necessary for our students to be successful in their future, whatever that future involves. We must help prepare them by helping them be globally and interculturally aware, and give them the tools necessary to breakdown stereotypes and work to remove ethnocentrism.
Group #2 Summary (pdf file)
Group #3 Summary (pdf file)
February 9, 2015
The first meeting of the Global/Cultural Awareness team on February 6th was excellent! Each group will have a written summary of their discussion available by February 20th. Those summaries, along with additional feedback from team members who were unable to attend, will be presented to the Faculty Senate for final input before our next meeting where we will formulate the final definition of the Global/Cultural Awareness ISLO.
One main theme that already emerged was related to communication - that an end goal of global/cultural awareness is to enhance communication for both personal and professional growth and success.
Pictures from the first session include photos of each group's flip chart summaries, and can be seen below.
Thank all of you for such a GREAT meeting!
February 6, 2015
A very important, rich source of information about internationalization on our campus are the results from a recent grant that examined our capacity for internationalization. Listed below is the final report, and the actual survey results.
February 5, 2015
In preparation for the meeting tomorrow, we are asking you to reflect on the following questions that need to be addressed prior to revising the ISLO statement:
- How do you (or your discipline) define culture?
- What is the difference between global awareness and intercultural awareness?
- What is/should be our focus on this campus, given our students and their careers? i.e. How do we focus the ISLO statement in a way that is relevant for our campus?
Hopefully, you will also have a moment to review the current version of the Global/Cultural Awareness ISLO, and below are copies of relevant AAC&U rubrics:
**If you are unable to attend the meeting on February 6th, I will send a summary of the conversation and ask for your input!