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Research has shown that study abroad yields the greatest educational outcomes for intercultural competency when it is couched in a curriculum that encourages preparation before and reflection after the abroad experience. To enhance the educational outcomes of engineering students’ study abroad experiences, we developed a certificate program that couples an abroad experience with additional coursework in global topics and a reflection assignment. The certificate program is based on a similar program at Northern Arizona University, and is otherwise rare in our peer schools. The goal of the program is to encourage students to engage in coursework and experiences that cultivate cultural competency, and to recognize students’ efforts when they do so. In addition, this program is designed to be manageable within our existing engineering degree programs while requiring global learning and international experiences beyond simply studying abroad. Students who satisfy the requirements will have "Global Engineering Perspectives Scholar" added to their transcript. The program requirements are: (a) demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, (b) participate in an abroad experience, (c) complete a minimum of three courses designated by the university as global connections or foreign language, (d) complete a minimum of three engineering courses, and (e) submit a reflection assignment. The reflection assignment was based on the following prompt: “How did the completion of the requirements for this program enhance your engineering education and help prepare you for your future?” The reflection can be in the form of a presentation, video, or 2-page impact statement for public dissemination. The first cohort of nine Global Engineering Perspectives Scholars graduated in 2019, including students from five degree programs with competencies spanning five different languages.
Ebenstein, D. M., & Perrone, L. F., & Vigeant, M. A., & Sills, D. L., & Beal, C., & Kabalan, A. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Global Engineering Perspectives Scholars Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35640
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