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Carleton College Awarded Mellon Grant in Support of Global Initiative

November 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

Northfield, Minn.––Carleton College has been awarded an $800,000 grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the College’s global engagement initiative (GEI).

The grant allows the College to integrate global learning across the curriculum. Supplemented by an equal amount of cost-share from the College, the support funds a three-year project emphasizing faculty development; integration of on- and off-campus study; experimentation with new curricular structures for team-based projects; improved utilization of foreign language resources; and multiple opportunities for collaboration, domestically and internationally.

“This gracious support by The Mellon Foundation will help Carleton students develop a richer working knowledge of the broader world,” Carleton President Steven G. Poskanzer said. “Our strategic plan identified the need to create experiences for our students that allows them to integrate their on-campus classroom work and experiences with the opportunities they have away from Carleton, including study abroad and other global experiences. This grant will help us work towards that goal.”

The grant supports the College’s efforts at developing outcomes for student learning and faculty development related to the “Global Citizenship” graduation requirement. In addition to enhancing and integrating students' studies on campus, the grant will support development of advising and curricular structures to ensure that students' study abroad programs provide valuable learning experiences that enrich and connect with their on-campus course of study. 

“Our aim in this initiative is to better prepare our students for productive lives as citizens and leaders in an increasingly globalized world––a world in which they will confront complex issues that span multiple regions, communities, and cultures, and that require many kinds of expertise to address,” said Beverly Nagel, Dean of the College. “The grant will support our faculty in developing curricular and experiential learning opportunities for our students that build skills in cross-regional and multi-disciplinary collaboration, and in working across both real and imagined boundaries.”

The program will be led by co-directors Scott Carpenter, professor of French and Francophone studies, and Kathleen Ryor, professor of art history and director of Asian studies.

Carleton traditionally has ranked among national leaders for the rate of student participation in off-campus study (74 percent), and many of these programs include deep and direct involvement with Carleton faculty. Thirty-three percent of Carleton’s classes feature some component of global content, excluding language courses, which account for another 11 percent.

A top 10 national liberal arts institution, Carleton is a private, co-educational college of 1,900 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. High academic standards, an excellent teaching faculty and a diverse student body contribute to Carleton’s outstanding reputation.