On May 22, 2015, the UNC Board of Governors accepted the recommendation of its Educational Planning committee to encourage campuses to study how to start or expand global competency certificate programs. The Board was responding to the recommendation of the subcommittee on international programs following the presentation of the Global Connections report in November 2014.
The subcommittee highlighted the importance of preparing more globally-aware and globally educated students and was impressed with the role global certificate programs are already playing in providing students with skills they need to be successful as they enter the workforce. UNC General Administration worked with a campus-based planning committee to structure a day-long conference to look at models for global certificate programs, current practices on UNC campuses and nationally, and to assess how global certificates can increase student’s competency. On this site you will find the program, the reading materials and the presentations shared with participants who attended the August 28, 2015 Global Certificate Conference, as well as follow-up results.
Fifteen of UNC’s institutions of Higher Education sent teams to the August Conference which turned into a vibrant event with interest and energy never waning. At the end of the conference campuses were invited to submit proposals by Friday, September 4 to receive small GA-sponsored grants to support the development of new programs and/or collaborative courses, or to implement changes to existing efforts.
Additional materials may be added to this site as campus programs go forward and new resources are identified.