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Learning Plan 2006 - 2007

Final Learning Plan Outcomes 2006-07 May 24, 2007

Goal 5

Interpersonal effectiveness and an appreciation of diversity and differences, so that students can establish genuine, trusting, and honorable relationships within the broad family of humanity.

1. Statement of Learning Outcome

Participants will gain awareness and knowledge of diversity related to the specific programs.

2. Explanation of Activities

The office in conjunction with various campus partners will present diverse programs throughout the academic year that incorporated multicultural themes such as, Hispanic Heritage Month, Globalization and Pluralism Series, International Awareness Week, the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program, African American History Month, and the Diversity Days Celebration.

3. Explanation of the Assessment Plan

The office has employed observation, individual feedback, and short questionnaires from the students, faculty, and participants after the specific program. The office randomly selects participants for the survey.

4. Assessment results and progress toward goal

A majority of those who responded to the exit survey; after attending the Current Immigration Debate, Navigation Pluralism, India and the US with Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan, indicated by checking or circling the categories of Agree or Strongly Agree to gaining new information and that the information assisted the participants view of the topic in a different way. (I will provide percentage in the final report). Additionally, the office has received numerous unsolicited comments that indicate the programs were successful.

A survey of faculty who sent their students to these events was incomplete. However, preliminary feedback indicates that their students gained new and additional information from attending the events. Additionally, if we consider attendance as a measure of success, the numbers would also suggest that the programs were successful and had learning value to the University community. The primary venue for all programs was Wygal Auditorium where the seating capacity is 198 seats. However, participants had to use the aisles for additional seating/standing room for the programs.

Final Program Outcomes

Over 891 people attended the Globalization and Religious Pluralism Series this year. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Kimball, spoke to a full house on "When Religion Becomes Evil". This program was held in Wygal Auditorium on March 20, 2007.

The Martin Luther King Jr. program, with Daryl Davis had an attendance of over 900 students. The feedback from the faculty, staff, and students indicated that the presenter had provided new information and a different way of thinking about the topic. Several faculty members had their students discuss the content of the program and complete additional classroom assignments.

The African American History program, with Psyche Williams was well attended and more than 90 % of the participants indicated that they had learned new information and 95 % stated that the information provided them with a different way of thinking about the subject.

Globalization and Pluralism Series Data

Surveys were distributed after every program. Below is a summary of the responses:

  • 80.4% of the respondents either "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that they "learned some new information at the program"
  • 71.8% of the respondents either "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that they were "provided with a different way of thinking about the subject"
  • 67.0% of the respondents either "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that they were "more aware of and sensitive to the issues and concerns of the program"
  • 98% of the respondents either "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that "it is important for Americans to be informed about the politics and economics of other countries."
Sample Comments from participants: Name one thing that you learned from attending the program.
The Current Immigration Debate
  • About the legislation proposed by the House and the Senate (overwhelming comments by participants)
  • It is very likely that the wall will be built
  • That there are 12 million illegal immigrants
  • Learned about the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
  • The Senate is trying to stop illegal immigration
  • What our government is going to do
Navigating Religious Pluralism
  • Learned about the Jewish Faith
  • That Jews believe that all people will go to heaven
  • Approach dialogue with an open mind
  • The value of working together
  • Learning to live and love tighter
  • About the various belief
  • About religious pluralism
  • You can be passive about your beliefs but respect others
  • A lot of overlapping comments
International Awareness Week: India and the United States
  • India was black balled
  • Hinduism is not a religion
  • The US did not help India
  • India's positions on issues (overwhelming comments)
  • US and the Indian relations
  • The importance of the nuclear question
  • India is a nuclear responsive nation
  • The Bush administration supports India
  • India's Democratic History
Women Navigating Religious Pluralism
  • I realized that there are very genuine people with diverse view points
  • How feminism and religion work together
  • Different religious views of feminism
  • Religion and culture shouldn't be a dichotomy
  • That we can coexist with people who have different views
  • Religious opinions on Feminism
  • Identity is not static
  • Thinking about one god as unifying rather than hierarchical
  • Discrimination in religion against women
When Religion Becomes Evil
  • Questions the motivation behind any leaders comments
  • Human responsibility is a vital component in any effort to alter destructive attitudes and action
  • Islam is the largest religion in Indonesia
  • Jews roc
  • Islam rules
  • 5 major warning signs
  • More about religion
  • Absolute truths
  • Absolute truths claims
  • Different views
  • Allah is Arabic for god
  • Different views on Islam

5. Plans related to the assessment results

The Office and the Globalization and Pluralism Committee have planned additional programs for the spring 2007 semester that will continue the theme. The committee has begun to identify new partners for the upcoming programs. Additionally, a revised faculty/learning community survey will be designed, so that we can gain better information about what happens in the classrooms/learning communities post program.

6. Final plans related to assessment results

The Office has submitted (approved) a second proposal to the American Democracy Grant to continue the programming focus for the next academic year. The Office will continue to refine the evaluation questions so that we can capture more responses from the participants and faculty. Additionally, we will try to identify a way to assess what type of learning happens in the classrooms, both before and after the programs.

Goal 6

Responsible citizenship, so that students can do their best in ways uniquely their own and are motivated to contribute to a better life for all through community participation and leadership.

1. Statement of Learning Outcome

Students will gain knowledge and awareness of each other's cultures.

2. Explanation of Activities

The Director will advise the International Buddy Program participants and the University International Student community, both exchange (short-term) and matriculated (four years). Additionally, the office will sponsor various programs that both groups of students attend together.

3. Explanation of the Assessment Plan

The office will employ observation, feedback, and questionnaires from the students (international and domestic) and program staff, (roommates and buddies) and RAs.

4. Assessment results and progress toward goal:

Program and Student Assistant's Questionnaire

The Program (American) and Student Assistants (Chinese) working with both the Chinese and other international students were asked if they had learned something about cultures other than their own, which they responded yes. They were also asked if they learned something about their own cultural, which they responded yes.

Category of response:

  • Language barriers
  • Differences in Customs
  • Differences in Academic Culture
  • American students are academically lazy
  • Unwilling to be open minded
  • Training did not adequately prepare them to work the range (Chinese, English, and French, and American) of International students
RA Questionnaire

The RAs were asked if their training adequately prepared them to present diversity programs. 15 of 46 RAs said the training was adequate. 25 RAs responded in the neutral category and 5 responded that they strongly agreed.

The RAs were asked if they have an operational definition of diversity. 28 out of 46 RAs felt they had an operational definition on Diversity, 10 were neutral and 5 felt they did not.

3) International Student Exit Focus Group Verbal Questions: The questionnaire that was administered to the English, French, and the Chinese students did not include the learning questions. Consequently there are no written responses pertaining to what they learned. However, during the exit interviews with the French, English, and Chinese students, questions related to what was learned were asked and the following best represents their comments.

  • That American culture is different from their own
  • That Americans have limited knowledge of Europe and the world
  • That Academic Culture is different from their own (testing, study habits, and the role of faculty)
  • That there seems to be a lot of rules on academic campuses
  • That they need to be more active in learning English (Chinese)
  • That they need to balance their academic and social experiences (Chinese)
  • That they fear being the first to make contact with American students (Chinese)
  • That American students are not interested in know about the Chinese's students and their culture
  • That roommate can be difficult to get along with

5. Plans related to the assessment results:

I have eliminated the exit survey that does not have learning questions on it to make sure that next year we capture the verbal comments of the students. I plan to work with RCL to identify what more I can do to make sure that RAs feel prepared to present diversity programs. The office plans to involve the roommates of international students into all the programs and activities.

Additionally, the office will have the services of a psychology intern, who will work on a research project that examines attitudes of both International and American student toward each other

Examples of questions to be included in the International Exit Survey
  • Did you learn something about Americans and your roommates?
  • Did you learn something about your own culture while at Longwood?
  • Name three things that you learned about your roommate or from your experience.