Embedding Global Education in Study Abroad:
A new model for Faculty-Led Programs
The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) is excited to announce a new model and process for proposing, designing, and administering faculty-led study abroad programs for the 2022 cycle. In response to CMU's 2030 Strategic Pathway #1, "Enhance the overall academic quality and environment of CMU with a renewed commitment to rigor, relevance and excellence in our curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs", OGE has updated our study abroad policies and procedures based on national standards and recommendations as set by the Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities and with support from the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Council of Deans. These revisions will ensure that CMU study abroad programs contribute meaningfully to students' global and intercultural learning while adhering to consistent and sound financial, health, and safety practices.
To prepare graduates to be active and responsible global citizens, a CMU education will intentionally support students as they to acquire a global perspective - a comprehensive lens through which to perceive and understand the identity of self and others. A global perspective is inseparable from the acquisition of knowledge and the development of attitudes, competencies, and skills necessary for successful lifelong engagement with multiple unavoidable glocal issues, concerns, and problems facing humanity. Through the new model of faculty-led study abroad programs, students will develop knowledge, intercultural perspectives, attitudes and habits at the core of the global citizen for the contemporary world.
The new model for faculty-led study abroad programs holistically integrate academic, intercultural, global, and experiential learning goals and outcomes in a mutually reinforcing fashion to produce a transformative experience for students. These programs are not simply classroom-based courses that have been re-mapped to an international location. The transformative effect of these programs will extend beyond its participants, as faculty and students return to the CMU campus and incorporate their global experiences and learning into classrooms and broader conversations within CMU.
Faculty-led study abroad programs are collaborative undertakings between faculty leaders and OGE professional staff. Faculty design the academic course's disciplinary and global learning goals, OGE staff bring their professional knowledge and experience teaching, designing, and managing culturally immersive programs to develop the intercultural and experiential learning elements. The faculty leader plays a multi-faceted role in the programs; they are leaders, teachers, facilitators, and fellow global learners. They help students to assimilate various types of learning – academic, global, intercultural, and experiential –by creating opportunities for processing intellectual, cultural, and emotional experiences.
The OGE staff will work with current/past faculty leaders to transition their programs to the new framework as well as with first-time faculty leaders to collaborate on the development of new faculty-led study abroad programs for 2022. In addition to one-on-one meetings, OGE will offer professional development workshops to introduce faculty to this revised approach to creating a study abroad program. Faculty interested in developing a proposal for a 2022 study abroad program should reach out to Dr. Carlos Lopez, Assistant Director, Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs, at email@example.com. Kindly note that the deadline for 2022 proposals is January 19, 2021.
Faculty are key to CMU's success in developing and delivering global education to our students, and we greatly appreciate your ongoing partnership in support of these programs. We are confident that this new collaborative design process will allow faculty to focus their time and efforts on the academic portion of their programs while the OGE staff take on more of the work associated with the logistical, financial, risk, and travel portions of programs. Additionally, by emphasizing the intercultural, global, and experiential outcomes, our students will gain the critical global perspectives and skills that CMU's mission calls on us to provide.