Marquette Named one of 16 Institutions
National Effort on Global Education
Oct. 18, 2005
The Association of American Colleges and
Universities, the oldest national association for the support
of undergraduate liberal education, has announced the selection
of Marquette as one of 16 institutions that will participate
in "Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility.”
The two-year collaborative project is designed to enhance
global learning in general education among undergraduates
and place questions of diversity, identity, citizenship and
responsible action at the center of learning.
"Through Shared Futures, our faculty will have opportunities
to make global learning a more central component of our curriculum
and to add to our efforts as a university to address the diversity
of our country and our world,” Provost Madeline Wake
says. “Such curricular work will help our students to
truly become men and women for others in interconnected societies
while giving faculty opportunities to share their scholarship.”
Each institution selected will form a project team that will
design, implement and evaluate a program to increase students’
knowledge about the world and their understanding of the United
States’ position in it while addressing global problems.
The project is designed to help campuses across the country
as they restructure their general education programs to ensure
that students encounter global issues throughout their undergraduate
years and not just in a single required course.
"Our students must be prepared to seize the opportunities
of a global society. Five groups of faculty from a wide range
of disciplines will meet regularly to share knowledge about
global learning themes such as universal human rights, sustainable
development and wealth and values. The purpose of this initiative
is to facilitate ongoing information sharing that our faculty
can then bring into the classroom for future courses and programs
for their students,” said Dr. Peggy Bloom, vice provost
for teaching and undergraduate programs at Marquette.
Marquette was one of 16 schools chosen from 89 applicant colleges
and universities nationwide.
"The schools chosen to participate in this cutting edge
initiative are positioned to develop general education courses
and programs that will be models for others as the academy
seeks to better educate all students for the global challenges
of our world,” says AACU senior scholar Lee Knefelkamp.
The AACU project, funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation,
provides travel expenses and organizational support for the
16 participating teams and Marquette will support stipends
for faculty project team members.
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