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Comments on Global Citizenship student learning outcome:
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1Nov 9, 2010 9:37 PMToo basic - should be deeper than this.
2Nov 9, 2010 9:38 PMthis language is very vague. How many cultures? One? Two? Does Canada count? How do you demonstrate awareness?
3Nov 9, 2010 9:38 PMpaul prew is brilliant at establishing global citizenship into his students
4Nov 9, 2010 9:39 PMMore emphasis on study abroad is needed. The current system is not the easiest to navigate. The study abrooad center was not super helpful either.
5Nov 9, 2010 9:43 PMIn broad scope only. One needs to appreciate the fact there are different cultures, to be sensitive to those differences, how to gather information about those cultures and how the differences can affect interaction with those cultures.
6Nov 9, 2010 9:43 PMI would add being aware of the cultural/social issues. A 6th grader can understand a culture/society. But to understand the social issues of a culture takes a higher understanding.
7Nov 9, 2010 9:43 PMThis aspect was the main reason for transferring and attending here. Not only is international culture prevalent, but North American Minority culture as well.
8Nov 9, 2010 9:49 PMvery crucial to progress!
9Nov 9, 2010 9:51 PMI prefer not to gain awareness or knowledge of either.
10Nov 9, 2010 9:53 PMHow? Outside of international nights and required general education courses this isn't true of MSU
11Nov 9, 2010 9:55 PMI think this outcome and the next outcome should be blended together to one. I don't like the isolation of international cultures from the vast cultures that exist in the United States.
12Nov 9, 2010 10:00 PMWhat's wrong with U.S. patriotism? U.S. leadership and values should be taught. Not other country's B.S.
13Nov 9, 2010 10:01 PMThis has no place here. This is something you learn as you grow and mature, no matter if you go to college or not.
14Nov 9, 2010 10:02 PMHow is this demonstrated in general or specific to departments?
15Nov 9, 2010 10:04 PMwhat about international issues?
16Nov 9, 2010 10:06 PMI think this area could be pushed further. I don't feel I'm getting as broad of a sense in certain areas as I could be. I just transferred here, but I do believe that the Art History Survey classes are a requirement for all students now who graduate. I think that was a great step towards showing awareness in other cultures and societies, but for the most part it focuses on the art aspect of those societies. Classes should be required that are more relevant to today's international cultures and societies.
17Nov 9, 2010 10:15 PMI learn about global issues mostly from professors with various backgrounds other than the U.S. and all of their input and class discussions are very helpful.
18Nov 9, 2010 10:15 PMMSU has a wonderful international program. I was able to attend Wells Go Far. I was fed Ethiopian food for the first time and donated my money towards building wells in Ethiopia. I was also introduced to various aspects of culture. I also attended Nepal night. Here again I learned lots about Nepal. I experienced food, song, dance, and more. The opportunities are endless at MSU if one just steps out into them.
19Nov 9, 2010 10:19 PMIn what ways shall they demonstrate?
20Nov 9, 2010 10:23 PMMinnesota State Mankato offers a large array of groups and organizations as well as other ways for students to become informed and educated regarding international cultures and societies. Minnesota State Mankato is also a diverse school, giving students the opportunity to interact with different cultures every day.
21Nov 9, 2010 10:23 PMWhat will we do to provide and fund these activities?
22Nov 9, 2010 10:29 PMThe students need to have a sense of responsibility towards themselves, the community, the city, the state, the nation and the globe, in that order (generally speaking, what's good for the latter supersedes what's good for the former), so the learning outcome needs to be cognizant of the interplay.
23Nov 9, 2010 10:38 PMI don't even have to answer this one. MSU, M can say that this is what they teach, but it's not.
24Nov 9, 2010 10:38 PMThis is something I am particularly passionate about, given that I'm a bilingual educator with a double-major in Spanish and English from MSU! I fully support the ideals of global citizenship, but am concerned as well about the time and monetary commitments that students might have to make in order to fulfill this requirement. Some of us simply don't have the resources to travel/study abroad, nor have endless hours free to volunteer with various cultural groups.
25Nov 9, 2010 10:45 PMNone
26Nov 9, 2010 10:47 PMAwareness is not demonstratable.
27Nov 9, 2010 10:47 PMVery good to have, but I don't think it fits in well with the rest of the academia here. You could learn this in a variety of places outside of a university classroom setting.
28Nov 9, 2010 10:57 PMSimilar to civic engagement, however, this one is tricky, as it doesn't integrate well into some disciplines. Programs will attempt to address this with one class, which isn't really what you are trying to accomplish here.
29Nov 9, 2010 11:18 PMWhat is the distinction between "awareness" and "knowledge"? Why not just knowledge? "Awareness" as contrasted with "knowledge" seems hopelessly vague.
30Nov 9, 2010 11:35 PMI think this statement is very broad. I do not believe that one student taking a few classes with a multi-cultural bent will have anything approaching a "global" knowledge of other cultures and societies. Maybe one or two at best, but global- definitely not.
31Nov 9, 2010 11:35 PMI believe that global citizenship is important in learning
32Nov 9, 2010 11:42 PMThis is a good place to put in the dreaded word, HISTORY.
33Nov 9, 2010 11:45 PMThis is a high school goal
34Nov 10, 2010 12:54 AMWhile an important part of being a well-rounded member of society, this is not an applicable learning outcome for all students, only those who study such areas.
35Nov 10, 2010 1:27 AMWhat does "awareness of international cultures" even mean? That we acknowledge the fact that some people on this planet live outside the US? I think this definition is completely inadequate because it omits any mentioning of the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries, and it omits the awareness of global issues as world-wide shared problems - our "global solutions" sums up that "shared responsibilities" aspect of this category.
36Nov 10, 2010 1:40 AMIn today's ever changing world this is one of the most important aspect. Being unbiased towards people of a different nationality. The world is too small, and there are too many people on it. There is always going to be something to be learning when we take an opportunity to exchange information about the cultures and societies of the world.
37Nov 10, 2010 1:46 AMOverlaps with general education outcome.
38Nov 10, 2010 2:23 AMThe statement assumes that students are already aware of their own culture, or the diversity of American culture.
39Nov 10, 2010 2:34 AMAnthro 101 is a great class. Other than that this has been lacking.
40Nov 10, 2010 2:56 AMYes, it's about time the term "global" is used in connnection with "international" at MSU. In any logical connection, for that matter. "...an awareness and knowledge" are the least we can expect of our students. How about requiring a foreign language as well? For instance, for a BS in International Buisness!
41Nov 10, 2010 3:32 AMGetting better with the new Diverse Cultures G. R. and more commitment to study abroad.
42Nov 10, 2010 3:46 AMI think some programs have less of this. Although, I feel there are many opportunities for this already and more don't need to be created.
43Nov 10, 2010 6:06 AMThere is little campus-wide knowledge of current events.
44Nov 10, 2010 6:44 AMWill be a great social and internationally event.
45Nov 10, 2010 12:36 PMImportant and can be a fun objective.
46Nov 10, 2010 12:47 PMNo engagement here whatsoever. For all the talk of competency, of diversity, of critical thinking, of engagement....there is none in this goal area. Are you a competent global citizen if you are aware that there are other cultures and societies on the planet? What does it mean to know another culture? How many students at MSU will truly "know" another culture? Does attending (pick a culture) night and eating (pick a culture) food demonstrate awareness and knowledge? The way that this goal is articulated, a tourist can meet the benchmark...is that what we want from our students?
47Nov 10, 2010 2:04 PMThis is good to study, but please don't make multiculturalism dogmatic at the expense of an individual's deeply held personal beliefs.
48Nov 10, 2010 2:06 PMn/a
49Nov 10, 2010 2:26 PMDiversity is key, and MSU has continued to afford more and more opportunity in this area.
50Nov 10, 2010 3:28 PMAgain, how do we ensure that students are going to readily meet this outcome?
51Nov 10, 2010 4:07 PMThe most important of all. It's the key to a successful future.
52Nov 10, 2010 4:48 PMGlobal Citizenship is key for any college career, gives a person another perspective as well as forming respect with others.
53Nov 10, 2010 5:09 PMHow will this be measured? I encourage students to attend multi cultural events. If it is part of a class assignment I ask them to interact with at least two people they do not know at the event and then reflect upon what they have learned. I bring into class info about current world issues such as the floods in Pakistan. For this outcome to be successful, it would be useful to have info available to faculty on some key issues. It might be easier for faculty to integrate content if useful materials were more readily available.
54Nov 10, 2010 5:13 PMI think that this a goal that can be worked on. Many people are culturally ignorant
55Nov 10, 2010 5:24 PMmankato is all about this, but i see many students that dont get it
56Nov 10, 2010 5:30 PMAgain this is an affective trait and difficult to measure. They are already "aware" of international societies and cultures but how "aware" would be the question. In addition if we are serving the citizens of Minnesota and the upper mid-west how would this "awareness" benefit them?
57Nov 10, 2010 6:05 PMGiven all the other things our university should be doing, I don't think this is a outcome we should be targeting
58Nov 10, 2010 7:27 PMDo we want to say or add "appreciation"?
59Nov 10, 2010 7:29 PMNvm..
60Nov 10, 2010 9:27 PMEspecially, in this era students need to learn different cultures. Never known where you may end up in the near future.
61Nov 10, 2010 9:43 PMMy professors love to discuss other cultures and societies, how they do things, the way other people think about things. It is truly fascinating, I love that my professors have a desire to open up my mind to other ways of life!
62Nov 10, 2010 10:29 PMThere is a great deal of redundancy with this outcome and outcome number two and it is nearly identically with outcome number 6. Delete this outcome from the list.
63Nov 10, 2010 10:51 PMI do believe that they learn this because they interact with students from other countries.
64Nov 11, 2010 1:37 PMOther than simply being aware that other cultures exist, it is not required to learn about them. Many great events exist on campus every semester, but because the opportunity is not required there is a waste of potential expression and knowledge gathering. Although many of the liberal arts majors may require some form of global awareness course, the science majors unfortunately do not.
65Nov 11, 2010 2:37 PMGiven the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity on MSU's campus, and the social science coursework required, this awareness will occur naturally.
66Nov 11, 2010 3:12 PMAddresses the need for global concerns - Can be incorporated in all disciplines
67Nov 11, 2010 5:25 PMHow will this be evaluated?
68Nov 11, 2010 6:48 PMIs this distinct from diversity initiatives?
69Nov 11, 2010 6:54 PMI believe something about "engagement" should be included. Knowledge will not develop global citizenship. Engagement, experience, interaction, etc. is required
70Nov 11, 2010 7:19 PMI think this is too narrow a focus (cultures and societies). I'm interested in our students understanding global systems, interactions, connections, etc.
71Nov 11, 2010 7:44 PMWhile this outcome makes a good deal of sense, I believe that it will be a challenge to achieve in practice because it is not clear whether the goal is for students to have a broad understanding of many cultures and societies, or a deep understanding of a few cultures and societies.
72Nov 11, 2010 9:41 PMBOT standards limit students to U.S. history course. World history is not accepted as a substitute. Students can, however, complete a world & regional geography course.
73Nov 11, 2010 11:03 PMI think our students do not participate or get involved in experiences that expand their knowledge of international cultures and society.
74Nov 12, 2010 6:01 AMWhy is this a university level learning outcome?
75Nov 12, 2010 2:29 PMWhat tools will be utilized to demonstrate awareness and knowledge of international cultures and societies? How will this learning objective be measured over time?
76Nov 12, 2010 5:10 PMI have a fondness for foreign languages.
77Nov 15, 2010 12:51 AMJust because we have a cultural requirement in the general education courses doesn't mean much. I've been in plenty of cultural classes where the majority of students just stare blankly ahead but because they do their work and get decent test scores, they pass, but they've never learned anything. I still hear ignorant remarks about international cultures and societies every day on campus.
78Nov 15, 2010 4:14 PMIs this satisfied by attending an international food bazaar/event sponsored by the Diversity Office? Again, what happens if student(s) cannot make such a "demonstration"?
79Nov 16, 2010 4:14 AMMy answer is really maybe. I think much is in place to facilitate this but students could stay in their own little world and not be able to "demontrate" an awareness.
80Nov 17, 2010 4:59 PMI think global citizenship is good, but at the same time, we shouldn't be obsessd with it. There are many more things than just diversity and learning about other cultures. At MSU, it sometimes feels like when we learn about other cultures, all we care about is what we can learn from them instead of treating them as human beings.
81Nov 22, 2010 4:23 PMAwareness and knowledge is a fairly low level of learning.
82Dec 2, 2010 7:54 PMYES,