Vol 57 No. 19 : December, 2005
Vol 57 No. 19 | December, 2005
CSULB Courses with Global Focus
CSULB was recently chosen from a pool of 89 applicants by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in a competitive selection process to become part of a new network focused on developing general education courses focused on global issues.
General Education for Global Learning will engage and provide resources to teams of faculty and administrators as they develop general education programs designed to increase students’ knowledge about the world, their understanding of the United States’ position in the world historically and today, and about compelling and unsolved global problems. The project is designed to help campuses 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.
“Cal State Long Beach decided to become part of this AAC&U project because we feel that there is still work to be done to maximize the global experiences and aptitudes of our graduates,” explained Ken Curtis, professor of history and principle investigator for the AAC&U project at CSULB. “Our faculty and our curriculum demonstrate tremendous strengths in the area of international education, yet we are not satisfied that our graduates have sufficient exposure to the learning opportunities available to them to prepare for global citizenship.
“Participation in the AAC&U program,” he added, “will allow us to focus our energies on the general education curriculum to explore new avenues we see to assure that all of our students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world.”
The project is funded with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and is part of AAC&U’s signature initiative, “Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility.”