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First published 2014/05/03. 

I’m still reflecting on some exciting ideas that emerged in a “listening session” I attended today with two other faculty colleagues concerning a proposed change in our general education program for students at Carroll. I left pretty confused, but that is not atypical for me.

What is the appropriate foundation for general education in the 21st century? Are we faculty appropriately educated for teaching in the 21st century? What skill sets, traditions, and knowledge are as vital today as when this academic institution was founded? Can we change our general education program without intentionally changing our institutional mission? How do we avoid throwing out the baby with the bath water?

Should part of a general education be mastery of another language? If so, how does one define domination —knowing the correct phrases to allow one to travel within another country? Or should one be fluent in another culture’s history, customs, idioms, national concerns, and language? Can this be achieved within the traditional four years of a college education and still allow students a conventional major? If we want to be more global, shouldn’t we append the USA to all our institutional publications?

Can internationalization be achieved through the 21st-century equivalence of international pen pals using Skype or VoiceThread? Can “mastery” be conducted through online tools like Ella or Rosetta Stone? Through BBC language acquisition in 12-week courses? Or by other such (free) online language learning resources?

What does it mean to globalize or internationalize a campus? How can that best be achieved? Is the best way to do so to bring international students and faculty to campus? To send our students and faculty abroad? To create communication opportunities worldwide through Internet means? To expand faculty and students’ knowledge of history, cultures, international economics, and international relations? To conduct collaborative international research and learning projects? The simple answer is “yes.”

I just received an invitation to join Division 52, the Division of International Psychology. Should I join it or join the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology?

Which organizations do I drop out of to allow time and money for these new ones?

Ayuda me. I’m going global.