Global

The University's vision of a Global education is one that creates a global perspective for our students through curricular and co-curricular activities. Academic programs explore global perspectives in the classroom. Students are encouraged to travel beyond the borders of our region and our nation to explore the world and their place in it. Likewise, the University seeks to bring international students and scholars to our home campus, growing our diversity and participating in global dialogue.  Selected metrics detailing some of these achievements are available at right.

Significant Outcomes:

  • A new faculty-led study abroad and language immersion program with the Maryknoll Mission Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Students participating in this program will complete 9 credits of Spanish language study with the Center's teachers, and a Theology/Religious Studies Course in World Religions. 
  • A committee was formed to undertake the development of a proposal for a Global Learning Portfolio for students.  This team is considering various definitions, approaches, and ways to assess global learning, and its impact in the curriculum.
  • An international recruiting audit is underway to identify strategies to improve and better integrate efforts to recruit undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • A new Global Insights Program launched in 2015. Global Insights is a lunch-and-learn series held three times each semester to provide an opportunity for students to encounter a different culture and perspective firsthand. This fall, Global Insights featured guest student presenters from Palau and Micronesia, Vietnam, and Nigeria. The program is a collaboration between the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Cross Cultural Center, Residence Life, and The Office of Equity and Diversity. 
  • With the Office of Educational Assessment, the Study Abroad Office developed and implemented a new pre- and post- assessment process to measure student outcomes related to the study abroad experience.
  • In 2015-2016, the University hosted seven Faculty Fulbright scholars, including five Fulbright teaching assistants in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
  • Through the Department of Asian Studies, the University established the first local chapter of the Asian Studies Honor Society to recognize students who strive for excellence in the study of Asia through curricular and co-curricular involvement.  The University also hosted the first International Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 
  • 91 students took part in international service trips through the University's ISP program in 2015-2016. ISP provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to be immersed in cultures and experiences in developing countries in Central and South America. 20 members of the University’s faculty and staff served as chaperones. 

Strategic Metrics

Student participation in short- and long-term study abroad programs

Student participation in other global learning opportunities, including international internships

Number of faculty-led international study and service courses

Number of courses including a global learning component

Number of academic programs incorporating study abroad options

Number of international students enrolling at the University

Number of international student and faculty Fulbright scholars, both incoming and outgoing

Click here for a visual of selected metrics.