Global Learning and Student Outcomes
Global learning is the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students acquire through a variety of experiences allowing them to understand world cultures and events, to analyze global systems, to appreciate and respect cultural differences, and to demonstrate compassion and concern for others. This learning will be applied to their lives as citizens so that they may thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society.
The purpose of articulating learning competencies is to ensure that all students at Becker College participate in global learning during their undergraduate program. A competency is an ability, skill, knowledge, or attitude that can be demonstrated, observed, or measured. These 15 outcomes are meant to be campus-wide and are appropriate for consideration in the curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular domains. Outcomes are aligned with the College’s mission, core values, general education goals, and reflect the culture of the institution.
Global Perspectives (Knowledge)
What knowledge do we want our students to attain during their time at Becker? What is most important that they learn and take away?
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of one’s own culture and history and at least one other culture and history.
- Students will compare the historical, political, religious, and economic forces that have shaped the current world system.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of world geography and conditions in relation to current events.
- Students will understand their culture in a comparative context and will recognize that their culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternate perceptions and behaviors may be based on cultural differences.
- Students will value and be aware of intercultural communication concepts.
Intercultural Communication and Cross-Cultural Adjustment (Skills)
What skills do we want our students to possess when they leave Becker? What do we want them to be able to do?
- Students will recognize individual and cultural differences and demonstrate an ability to communicate and interact effectively and respectfully across cultures.
- Students will use knowledge, diverse cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives to think critically and solve problems.
- Students will demonstrate awareness of their own values as well as of their biases and how those influence interaction and relationships with others.
- Students will show respect and empathy for diversity.
- Students will display an ability to successfully and responsibly use technology to participate in the global exchange of ideas and information.
Social Justice and Sustainable Development (Attitudes)
What do we want our students to value as global citizens, workers, and leaders?
- Students will show sensitivity to and respect for personal and cultural differences and a commitment to responsible global citizenship which includes personal engagement in community/world issues.
- Students will interpret how the behavior of individuals, groups, and nations affects others in terms of human rights and the well-being of the planet.
- Students will identify ways of handling and sustaining environmental resources that will protect future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.
- Students will recognize the need to protect human rights in areas such as access to education, health care, and employment, and safety.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to perceive any given event from more than one cultural viewpoint and learn how to create cultural bridges.