Develop a Worldview

When Gannon University students and faculty travel the globe, they do so to change the world and be changed by it. The enterprise of developing a worldview is a simulacrum of the influential power of intellectual inquiry and transformation.

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See what Brian Nichols, vice president for student development and engagement, and William Edmondson, vice president for enrollment say about Gannon's efforts to develop a worldview.

The Robert and Suzanne Barker Globalization Institute was established to provide an endowment, capital and operating funding for study abroad, international partnerships, student, faculty and staff exchange, international service trips, globalization of the curriculum, a global travel program and an international student services center. A

The Office of Learning Abroad was created to encompass the University's global initiatives, and now offers a Learning Abroad Scholarship Program to encourage students to study abroad to ensure global awareness and multicultural appreciation.


Students, Students, Faculty and Staff Traveled to VARIOUS LOCATIONS

In an effort to globalize the curriculum throughout the University, the Charge to Global Engagement Committee was established and tasked with incorporating about 50 new or revised global courses into the curriculum over the span of the next three years. This faculty-led initiative will ultimately engage more than 40 faculty members in support of the University's goal of developing a worldview.

Gannon has developed eight institutional agreements with partnering universities that now allow students to come to and from the University through exchange programs. These include universities in Australia, Chile, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy and Jordan.

The University is participating in a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative. These online courses in the environmental engineering and history departments will be taught in real-time through dual professorship with the American University of Madaba, Jordan allowing international engagement between the students.

Faculty-led trips, including some for course credit, engaged students and faculty in locations such as, but not limited to the Bahamas, Ecuador, Panama, Scotland, Thailand.


Estimated Hours of Service Completed

The T.R.A.V.E.L. (Transforming Residents Abroad Via Engaged Learning) Program is an innovative new program that encourages students to live on campus in intentional communities, meet regularly to study a variety of topics together in partnership with two co-facilitators, and travel together to the international destination of their choice. The inaugural T.R.A.V.E.L. Program trips will set out to their destinations in Spring 2015.

The keynote speaker at Spring Commencement 2014 was the Rev. Majdi S. Siryani, LLD who directs the advancement and global office at the American University of Madaba, a university with which Gannon has an agreement for the exchange of faculty and students. Fr. Syriani was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony. B


International Students Graduated During the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Groups of students, faculty and staff traveled to seven locations, both domestic and abroad, during Spring 2014’s Alternative Break Service Trips (ABST), including trips to Detroit, Haiti and Mexico, to donate goods and their time through acts of service. C

Strategic Plan Measures:  Goal Three

Teaching and Engagement for Learning

Year One Result1

To further develop the worldview of those on campus, 114 students and 24 faculty and staff members participated in international travel.

85% of students met or exceeded the standard for the liberal studies diversity outcome.2

Process Improvement for Institutional Effectiveness

Year One Result1

The retention rate of students returning from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014 reached 83% compared to 79% the previous year.

Market And Delivery for Growth

Year One Result1

International enrollment reached 420 students across undergraduate and graduate programs during year one, it has since grown to 596 students in Fall 2014.

1Fiscal Year 2013-14, unless otherwise noted
2Percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard for demonstrating "knowledge of the sources and effects of others' cultural beliefs, language, socioeconomic status, race, ethnic background, religion, interpersonal styles, behaviors, and/or worldview."

Worldview Gallery