These plans are in development; below are the current plans being discussed by the Development Committee.
1. Enrichment of UNIV 1000 (SLO 1,2,3)
GOAL: To introduce the goals of the W2W QEP to students and to get them immediately thinking about the world, not just Americus, GA.
- Habitat for Humanity trip with reflection
- Addition of an introduction to International experiences students may engage in during their time at GSW (Intro to study abroad, UNIV 4000, etc)
2. Coordination of International Programs at GSW (SLO 3)
GOAL: To increase student and faculty utilization of international opportunities available to them.
a. Hire International Programs coordinator
- Maintain information on international programs
- Administer visiting scholars program
- Keep up to date on visa requirements
- Inform prospective visiting scholars of their duties at GSW
- Schedule and arrange the teaching of classes by scholars
- Schedule and arrange W2W seminar by scholars
- Coordinate and schedule study abroad and UNIV 4000 courses
- Seek funds for support of international programs (i.e. UNIV 4000)
- Interact with community partners to develop seminars and programs
- Organize and schedule W2W seminars and events
- maintain information for faculty development related to globalization of the curriculum
- Maintain and manage assessment data on QEP.
- Head QEP implementation committee.
- Keep website information up to date
b. Development of an international programs web page
c. Study Abroad / W2W Teaching Circle
This Teaching Circle will be run by our current head of Study Abroad (Phil Szmedra). Faculty/staff who have experience in teaching study abroad will advise faculty/staff who have none.
3. Institutional W2W Requirement-Windows to the World Seminar Series (SLO 1,2,3)
GOAL: To expose students to people from around the world and to teach them something of the culture and/or problems of other countries
- Present a minimum of 1 seminar per semester given by a visitor from another country
- Use visiting scholars program, community partnerships, Women’s studies program, Third World Seminar, to find presenters
- W2W seminars will adhere to the W2W seminar criteria
- Administered by the International Programs Coordinator
- Tracking is by reflection pieces.
- Submission of individual “notes” for each seminar attended. (Will allow tracking by advisors to ensure timely completion of the requirement)
- Submission of a final reflection piece after completion of all 8 seminars. (This is the artifact for QEP assessment)
- Develop training for Academic Advisors to ensure they know how to advise and track the progress of advisees toward the completion of this requirement.
The Windows to the World Development Committee welcomes input from all constituencies: University staff, administration, faculty, students, and the Americus/Sumter County Community. To leave feedback, please contact us via QEP@gsw.edu or contact individual committee members.