ENHANCING THE GLOBAL COMPETENCY OF MOREHOUSE STUDENTS
As the people of the world become more interrelated in all facets of life, Morehouse College seeks to realize more fully its historic mission, international identity, and unique world perspective to affect qualitatively student learning for global competency. The College’s reclamation and reaffirmation of its pedagogical heritage in ethics and social justice that prepared such an alumnus as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the world stage will enhance the process for internationalization of the curriculum. Our new tenth president, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, has articulated the revitalization of this vision that “Morehouse will become a global resource for educated and ethical leaders.”
The capability of Morehouse College to realize this vision is evident in the commitment of faculty and staff who have endeavored through the years to advance internationalization in the curricular and co-curricular activities of the institution. The College is poised and mobilized to embark upon a strategic planning process due to the most recent accomplishments of the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, a broad-based consortium of faculty, staff, and students who have come together to perform a comprehensive internationalization review and to reach a consensus on the focus of the College’s internationalization. The Quality Enhancement Plan extends the commitment to achieve greater integration of the College’s strategic plan with academic opportunities for global competence.
Over the course of the next five years, Morehouse College will organize the development of student learning outcomes and assessment around the goals of scholarship and learning in the Morehouse College context:
Goal 1. To develop broad-based knowledge of global and international issues in all disciplines, including general education.
a. To infuse global learning in general education and the disciplines through the development and assessment of global learning outcomes.
b. To develop student scholarship in global studies through research and inquiry.
c. To encourage and support faculty engagement in international/ interdisciplinary research.
Goal 2. To provide experiences that will enhance the understanding of other cultures and nations.
a. To enhance and maintain the W.E.B. DuBois International House as a living-learning center.
b. To initiate a comprehensive plan for international student recruitment, retention, and graduation.
c. To develop a plan to increase the number of Morehouse students applying for study abroad.
Goal 3. To develop the attitudes and values that will enable Morehouse students to lead in the nation and the world.
a. To develop a certificate based training program in global leadership.
b. To enhance the leadership lecture series.
c. To enhance the Crown Forum Initiative.
These institution-wide endeavors in the internationalization of the curriculum will yield a process and method for truly translating the philosophy we embrace at Morehouse College, as “the world house” and the “beloved community,” to which Dr. King makes reference, into tangible global learning competencies. In that way, not only will we be able to address the world at our doorstep with compassion and efficacy, we also will be able to contribute our greatest resource, the globally competent Morehouse student for ethical leadership of the world.