Education, Maryland Chosen To Participate in National Project on General Education for a Global Century

Maryland Chosen To Participate in National Project on General Education for a Global CenturyUniversity of Maryland Press Releases
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland is one of 32 institutions of higher education in the United States chosen to participate in a new curriculum and faculty development project called General Education for a Global Century. The initiative – funded by the Henry Luce Foundation – is part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Shared Futures initiative.

"The University of Maryland is thrilled to be part of the General Education for a Global University project," says University Provost Nariman Farvardin. "As the university moves forward with its Strategic Plan and new general education requirements, this program will help us ensure that our students have the international focus they need to become effective citizens in a global community."

AAC&U President Carol Geary said "It was gratifying to see how many campuses applied to be part of this initiative. It is testament to how seriously today’s academy takes the challenge of preparing college students to participate effectively and responsibly in an interdependent global community. Both their future employers and our society need students with much higher levels of global knowledge and skill. This initiative will help the higher education community graduate students with these critical capacities."


This new project builds upon innovative efforts to reframe general education courses and programs, and create coherent courses that address complex, global issues across divisions and disciplines. In concert with a Global Learning Leadership Council, teams from the selected institutions will lead a high profile, national effort to:

1. articulate essential global learning outcomes for all students;
2. refine and disseminate models of global general education curricula that can be adapted across all institutional types;
3. provide faculty development opportunities to assist college faculty in designing and teaching interdisciplinary, integrative courses that focus on real-world global issues; and
4. develop rubrics to assess global learning outcomes.

Institutional teams will spend the fall and winter on their home campuses refining general education reform strategies and strengthening connections between existing general education goals and outcomes and essential global learning outcomes. They will also inventory the curricular and co-curricular opportunities for global learning that already exist on their campuses and ways those opportunities could be better integrated within their larger general education efforts. Working through a social networking website, team members will help identify common areas of interest and concern. Those critical issues will be addressed in the project’s central activity – an intensive summer institute in 2011.

See the Global Century website for additional information about the initiative

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,200 member institutions – including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local levels and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at

About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 18 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 28 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10 and 78 in the Top 25. The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai), which ranks the world’s top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 36 in the world and No. 12 among U.S. public universities. The university has produced six Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 40 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population. For more information about the University of Maryland, visit

Contact Information: David Ottalini, 301-405-4076 or Education University of Maryland Press Releases2010-11-09 11:36:52

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