Funded Opportunity for 1st Generation or MSIs to Participate in Duke Conference, Multi-Institutional Research on Global Learning


  • Do you represent a first-generation or minority-serving institution (MSI)?
  • Are you working to advance intercultural competence, civic engagement, and/or global learning through summer 2015 programming?
  • Would you like to be able to compare your students’ global learning outcomes with other institutions?
  • Would you like to participate in a community of practice dedicated to developing best practices at the nexus of global learning, cooperative development, and community-university partnership?
  • Would you like access to online tools to enhance narrative storytelling in coursework and campus-community partnership?

Through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, is excited to announce a funded opportunity for six new institutional partners (primarily first generation serving or minority serving institutions). Benefits of partnership include:

  • Participation in the Global Engagement Survey assessment for summer programs (2015). Each institution receives a report that includes an assessment of student learning outcomes for their institution. The report is confidential and the survey has been piloted and approved through IRB. One of the benefits of the report is comparison within a large population of students participating in high impact practices across diverse institutions and program models.
  • Funding ($2,000) towards travel and registration to attend the third International Service Learning Summit,”Global Community Partnerships” on March 4-6, 2015, at the Durham Convention Center hosted by DukeEngage.
  • Additional benefits detailed here (partner level).

The Criteria

  1. The grant recipient institutions should be first-generation or minority serving institutions. The grant promotes partnership with institutions that are categorized as MSIs or for which at least 50% of the student population is categorized as first-generation. There is significant variation in how institutions define these categories, so the application form includes space to clarify how your institution defines this status.
  2. At least thirty participants in summer programming intended to improve student global learning (more is preferred). High impact summer programming may include study abroad, domestic service-learning, international service-learning, or other high impact practices intended to advance global learning competencies as defined by AAC&U (intercultural competence, civic engagement, critical thinking).
  3. Confirmation of support from the senior internationalization officer (email from your institution’s SIO confirming support in working with this evaluation and research process).
  4. Clear plan to ensure high survey completion rates.
  5. Ability to collect survey data from an institutional control group of at least fifty participants (e.g., from a summer on-campus course that does not include service-learning or education abroad) is strongly preferred.

Next steps

Submit your application to partner with by Wednesday, January 21 (Midnight PST). Click here to begin.  To complete an application you will need:

  1. Your information.
  2. Name, title, and connection to global learning for the individual your institution would send to the 3rd International Service-Learning Summit at Duke if you did receive the grant.
  3. Information on programs you may include in an evaluation this summer (program name, brief description, and learning goals).
  4. Brief narrative description of how you will work to ensure maximum survey completion with your participant populations (e.g. incentivizing pre- and post- completion with a drawing for a small prize among all individuals who completed both*, structuring time in a course meeting to complete the online survey, etc.). *We are able to anonymize this process for you.
  5. Description of any control group you may provide from your institution.
  6. Name of the Senior Internationalization Officer who will send an email indicating support for participation.

This initiative is made possible in part through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, which is dedicated to encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.

Special thanks to Dr. Benjamin Lough, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, who serves as Director of Quantitative Research with and as principal investigator for the Luce Foundation grant that enables these new partnerships. also thanks our founding sponsors: Cornell University, Duke University, Kansas State University, Northwestern University, and Washington University in St. Louis, and looks forward to announcing a growing list of sponsors, partners,and friends.

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