Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College Collaborate to Internationalize Curriculum
Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College are involved in a unique partnership to support curriculum internationalization and Arabic instruction across Ivy Tech’s curriculum. This is a project with great potential due to the support of a U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant, and because Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving more than 174,000 students annually. Ideally, the Global Learning Across Indiana (GLAI) Project will enhance global learning at all 30 Ivy Tech campuses across Indiana.
The partnership began with a smaller scale, four-year collaboration between Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) and Ivy Tech Bloomington, which provides faculty development to intentionally internationalize teaching and learning across a wide variety of disciplines and professional fields. This initial partnership, the Internationalization Collaborative Across Bloomington (ICAB), is also supported by Title VI funds through partnership with all the National Resource Centers on the IUB campus, as well as with the IU Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. Both grants are directed by the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change, an NRC that is dedicated to facilitating comprehensive internationalization efforts at postsecondary institutions.
Robust assessment has been vital to ICAB, which employs not only programmatic and faculty assessment but also measures student learning through authentic course work and the Global Perspective Inventory. The same will be true for GLAI, which will involve work with 20 faculty per year over three years to intentionally internationalize the Ivy Tech curriculum. This will include dozens of course re-designs, a state-wide global learning certificate, and Arabic language instruction across Ivy Tech’s 13 regions. This will significantly contribute to Ivy Tech’s strategic plan to ensure their graduates are globally competitive in today’s interconnected workforce and world.
The project directors of GLAI are Dr. Rebecca Nickoli, Vice President for Corporate College Services at Ivy Tech, and Dr. Hilary Kahn, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Change at the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies. Cigdem Balim Harding, Associate Director of the IUB Center for the Study of the Middle East, is guiding development of the Arabic curriculum, and Dr. Michelle Henderson is the GLAI Project Coordinator.