Internationalization of the Curriculum: Engaging the World to Develop Global Citizens
2017 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus
Nomination submitted by: Dr. Funwi Ayuninjam, Director of Internationalization
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is an access institution with more than 90 percent of students qualifying for federal financial aid, and as such, it strives to create global opportunities on campus and affordable, shorter-term study abroad programs to less traditional destinations in South and Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Named the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college by U.S. News and World Report, the 12-year-old institution has undertaken an aggressive, five-year, Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to enhance student learning and the student learning environment to cultivate global citizenship by internationalizing the core curriculum, majors and electives. The QEP also introduced an elective Global Studies Certification including foreign languages, study abroad and a Global Studies Capstone course. The QEP strengthens and supports the college’s other efforts to provide affordable, interdisciplinary, faculty-led, study abroad programs and intercultural campus activities.