Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
What Works: Infusing a Global Dimension into the Undergraduate STEM Learning Environment
- have a long-range career plan that includes experiences with STEM colleagues around the world to advance their scholarly career and enhance the learning of their students
- realize the transformative value of global experiences on professional development
- are role models for students in respecting and welcoming differences based on culture, different ways of thinking about the natural and the man-made worlds
- take responsibility for developing (and redeveloping) courses and programs with a global dimension
- are flexible in regard to curricular requirements so to facilitate student study abroad
- has flexible curricular requirements, including credit for learning abroad
- incorporates a global dimension into lower level, on-campus STEM courses that serve majors and non-majors
- offers a variety of models with cross-cultural components, from on-campus learning to full immersion in another culture
- recognizes how the study of language and other non-STEM disciplines enriches the formal and informal learning experiences of STEM students
- reflects the understanding that science/technology are global resources, and that scientists have a social responsibility
- embraces the concept of "development of a global dimension," incorporating it into the institutional mission statement
- reward faculty for leadership and involvement in infusing a global dimension...
- has formal mechanisms to assess and reassess needs, progress, and goals on a regular basis to ensure continued quality of program
- have an "internationalized" campus, with programmatic integration of international students and faculty, with library and other sources for easy access to international journals and materials
- has faculty policies for recruitment, promotion, tenure and reward that signal globalizing the curriculum and campus is valued
- takes care to track emerging career opportunities, and the movement of alumni into careers in the global S&T workforce
- has clear administrative processes and structures to facilitate new and existing connections and collaborations between the campus and colleagues in other parts of the world.
- accommodates regular (electronic) communication with colleagues around the world, enriching learning and enhancing research.
- recognize that international opportunities cost something, yet see the value and relevance of the experience
- understand the connection between the on-campus and the global learning experiences
- appreciate cultural differences, and have a new appreciation of the United States.