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Millsaps Center for Global Engagement

How would this plan work?
Why does Millsaps need this plan?
What are the learning outcomes for this plan?
How could we assess these learning outcomes?
Which students would this plan affect?
Would this replace or augment other programs on campus?
What resources would this plan require?
Are there any particular obstacles to this plan?

Contact person: Eric Griffin
For a copy of the proposal, click here.


How would this plan work?

  • This proposal develops a component mentioned in the "Internationalizing the Millsaps Campus" QEP proposal, which calls for "a usable space that is distinctively international." It calls for the planning of a Millsaps Center for Global Engagement, which would provide a new venue for international education programs on campus. Drawing upon the proven "Middlebury model," and one of its most successful adaptations, the Pomona College Oldenborg Center (see http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/), the plan would "work" by reimagining dormitory living and dining, language instruction, cultural activities and exchange, classroom and multipurpose educational spaces, all in terms of "global engagement."

Why does Millsaps need this plan?

  • With the recent closing of Galloway Hall and the Christian Center Auditorium, Millsaps finds itself in the position of having to rethink South Campus both in terms of student living, classroom and gathering space. We therefore need this plan in order to reorganize both our educational and co-curricular activities. Or, to say it more positively, the present situation provides an opportunity to institutionalize a new approach to global engagement that will put us at the forefront of international education in both the ACS and the South more generally, while supporting and advancing our already substantial expertise in the field.

What are the learning outcomes for this plan?

  • The primary learning outcomes would be enhanced language skills, cultural awareness, and global engagement.

How could we assess these learning outcomes?

  • Current assessment tools used to identify senior learning outcomes would be applicable, as would standardized language-testing instruments.

Which students would this plan affect?

  • The Center would most affect students undertaking majors that include the study of language and culture. As our current Bachelor of Arts requirement requires language study at the intermediate level, all students pursuing Millsaps B.A. would be affected.

Would this replace or augment other programs on campus?

  • Since the Center would include classroom space and a multi-purpose lecture and screening facility, it would augment all campus language programs, all internationally focused courses in the interdisciplinary Core and in our various majors, as well as a number of extracurricular and student life activities.

What resources would this plan require?

  • The new resource needed would be a new dormitory-learning complex, the Millsaps College Center for Global Engagement.

Are there any particular obstacles to this plan?

  • Obstacles to the plan are principally financial. But they are also cultural. Attitudes on campus can be very provincial. Language study is sometimes viewed as an adjunct to the Millsaps educational experience, something to be endured rather than celebrated, and at times, it is viewed by some as unnecessary -- an attitude that sends contrary signals on campus. A globalized campus needs to turn on an axis: such a venue would confirm that we view global engagement as central to Millsaps' educational orientation and identity.


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