Board of Trustees presentation on Global Citizenship Program

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Presentation to the Webster University Board of Trustees, 2012

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Board of Trustees presentation on Global Citizenship Program

  1. 1. Bruce UmbaughProfessor of PhilosophyDirector, Global Citizenship ProgramOctober 4, 2012
  2. 2. MissionThe mission of the Global Citizenship Program isto ensure that every undergraduate studentemerges from Webster University with the corecompetencies required for responsible globalcitizenship in the 21st Century.
  3. 3. Guided by Mission
  4. 4. Meaningful work and fulfillmentthat youdo wellthat makes apositivedifferenceSomethingyou lovedoingBased on Dave Pollard, How to Save the World
  5. 5. GCP Competencies are the Gateway toCareer Success“Irrespective of college major orinstitutional selectivity, what mattersto career success is students’development of a broad set of cross-cutting capacities…”Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown UniversityCenter on Education and the Workforce
  6. 6. GCP and Career SuccessDepartment of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics Every year, more than 1/3 of the entire US laborforce changes jobs. Todays Students Will Have 10-14 Jobs by the TimeThey Are 38. 50% of Workers Have Been With Their Company LessThan 5 Years. Every year, more than 30 million Americans areworking in jobs that did not exist in the previousquarter.
  7. 7. Giving students what they needMy own former students work in (for example)– study abroad advising– policy analysis– health care ethics– managing online learning– nonprofit advocacy– logistics management– museum administration
  8. 8. The Growing Demand for Higher Order Skills8
  9. 9. “The service economy is creating a need for new andmore complex skill sets—creativity, problem solving,communications, customer relations, computing,collaboration and teamwork. Increasingly, all workershave to be adaptive and flexible—able to respondrapidly and with independent initiative.”Council on Competitiveness, "Thrive: The Skills Imperative," 2008, p. 21Giving students what they need
  10. 10. Giving students what they needRaising the Bar: Employers’ Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn,Hart Research Associates, for the AAC&U, January, 2010
  11. 11. Wage Premium for GCP LearningOutcomesThe highest salaries apply to positions that call for intensive use ofliberal education capabilities, including (random order): Writing Judgment and Decision Making Problem Solving Social/Interpersonal Skills Mathematics OriginalitySource: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
  12. 12. Cafeteria “A,” 1947, Duke University Archives. Durham, North Carolina, USA.CC by-nc-sa, Some rights reserved.Cold-war era general education
  13. 13. National Research and Best PracticesThe Global Citizenship Program aligns with: Webster University Mission and Values Employer needs Student needs
  14. 14. National Research and Best PracticesThe Global Citizenship Program aligns with research: Association of American Colleges & Universities Research on High Impact Practices Organization for Economic Cooperation andDevelopment
  15. 15. High Impact Practices• First-Year Seminars and Experiences• Common Intellectual Experiences• Learning Communities• Writing-Intensive Courses• Collaborative Assignments and Projects• “Science as Science Is Done”/Undergraduate Research• Diversity/Global Learning• Service Learning, Internships, Community-Based Learning• Capstone Courses and Projects
  16. 16. OECD “Skills Strategy”“Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives: A Strategic Approach to Skills Policies”Launched May 2012
  17. 17. OECD “Skills Strategy”“Skills have become theglobal currency of 21stcentury economies.”-- OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría
  18. 18. OECD “Skills Strategy”“Since skills requirements change and people need to adaptand learn new skills over their working lives to ensureoccupational mobility . . . people should master foundationskills and . . . develop the general desire and capacity toengage in learning over an entire lifetime.”Better Skills Better Jobs Better Lives: A Strategic Approach to Skills Policies,OECD Publishing, 2012, p. 26
  19. 19. OECD “Skills Strategy”Curricula for the 21st century:• Knowledge – connected to real-worldexperience• Skills – including higher-order skills (Creativity,Communication, Critical Thinking,Collaboration)• Values• Meta-layer – integration and learning how tocontinue to learn
  20. 20. What do students need?• Knowledge• Skills• Abilities to integrate and apply
  21. 21. What do students need?• KnowledgeRoots of Cultures, Social Systems & HumanBehavior, Physical & Natural World, GlobalUnderstanding, Arts Appreciation, QuantitativeLiteracy• SkillsCritical Thinking, Written Communication, OralCommunication, Intercultural Competence, EthicalReasoning, Collaboration, Integration
  22. 22. Integrative LearningGCP integrates learning ofKnowledge + Skill in a course
  23. 23. Integrative LearningMultiple skills in Seminars:– First-year Seminars• Interdisciplinary• address written communication, oral communication,critical thinking, and integrative learning– Global Keystone Seminars• Will address knowledge from interdisciplinaryperspectives• as well as all the skills components
  24. 24. Integrative LearningGlobal Keystone Seminar:– Innovative– Third-year experience– All undergraduate campuses– Capstone experience for GCP curriculum– Bring together knowledge and skills of whole GCP– Critical thinking, written and oral communication,ethical reasoning, intercultural competence,collaboration, as well as multiple knowledge areas anddisciplines

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