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Would you please share the definition/interpretation/perception of GLOBAL CITIZEN that the committee, campus constituents, and the Board of Trustees applied to develop and finalize UIU's vision statement?

I am asking so that I might better understand the overarching goal while reviewing the committees' recommendations.

Thanks much, Deena Serra

Response to Comment: The intent and use of this term in general terms refers to the preparation of graduates who can be successful in an increasingly complex, competitive, and interdependent world. Considerable energies are being devoted to understanding the dynamics of the external environment and to the translation of those findings into educational outcomes. A number of source documents are being used by the strategic planning steering committee to factually inform their environmental dialogue, including Thomas L. Friedman’s book The World Is Flat and a wide variety of publications that examine general population and social trends, the implications of the external environment to professional and career performance, and the changing expectations for the education of 21st century students.

Among the principal findings, these are some of the most noteworthy:

  • Political barriers are disappearing as the world evolves toward efficient markets that reward quality and service at the lowest price;

  • World population is aging and there is a growing and significant shortage of knowledge workers;

  • Career opportunities are being created but students are being educated for “obsolete” jobs;

  • Technology literacy is fast becoming a career competitive advantage;

  • Multicultural skills including language proficiency will be in high demand;

  • Written and oral communication skills will be critical ingredients of success;

  • Creative problem solving and leadership skills will be highly sought attributes;

  • Continuing education and lifelong learning will be essential to personal well being and professional success;

  • Collaboration, networking and team building are replacing hierarchical, top down leadership qualities.

In higher education there is a proliferation of news that has accelerated during 2007 that describes how colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, comprehensive research and liberal arts teaching, are developing strategies and making resource commitments to meet the educational demands of globalization.

The subcommittee recognizes that as part of this ongoing, iterative strategic planning process, it will be important to develop over time a UIU definition that is made unique and distinctive by the character of its student outcomes. These outcomes will be determined by the excellence and orientation of the curricular and co-curricular


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