Academic Leadership Institute
The Academic Leadership Institute is a professional development workshop offering insights and strategies for decision making to rising faculty leaders of GLCA colleges. Faculty teams from each college examine the relationship between mission, programs, and budget/finance to create a sustainable “imagined” college. There are sessions on stakeholder analysis, negotiation, and strategies to address real challenges of participants’ home institutions.
Global Crossroads Internationalization InitiativeFunded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Global Crossroads Internationalization Initiative consists of eight programs to advance internationalization of the programs of learning that define our undergraduates’ experience of the liberal arts. Two grant-based programs focus on institutional efforts and two are open to faculty members to apply. The initiative will consider grant proposals through the end of 2020.
Global Learning Courses
The Global Learning program seeks to complement internationalization efforts at GLCA schools by connecting courses in ways that leverage the expertise and cultural diversity of the thirty colleges and universities in the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. Global Learning courses have development of cultural competence as an assessable outcome and have at least two thirds of their syllabi in common. Courses that fulfill a “global learning” graduation requirement will be good candidates for Global Learning.
Shared Languages Program
The Shared Languages Program encourages collaboration and cooperation among GLCA language faculty. The program is part of the Mellon-funded Global Crossroads Internationalization Initiative to advance internationalization of the programs of learning that define undergraduates’ experience of the liberal arts at the schools of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Language faculty and programs are supported through Shared Language Courses and Language Faculty Convenings.
Global Liberal Arts Alliance
The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is an international partnership of 30 liberal arts institutions in 18 countries (including the thirteen members of the GLCA). The Alliance’s goal is to support excellence in liberal arts education in their historical, cultural, religious, environmental, and economic contexts through collaboration.
Japan Study GrantsThe GLCA NEH Endowment is a proposal-based program that provides funding for travel to Japan and other East Asian countries in support of projects that enhance and extend the study of Japan. Prior experience in Japanese Studies is not necessary.
Disciplinary ConveningsOn a proposal basis, the GLCA may provide modest levels of funding ranging from $500 to $1,500 to faculty groups that share a common disciplinary or interdisciplinary interest and seek to build communities of interest/practice across GLCA’s member colleges.
Consortium for Teaching and Learning
The GLCA/GLAA Consortium for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is an engaged and growing community of faculty members who share a commitment to strengthening the quality of education and of student learning at liberal arts colleges. Through periodic consortial meetings of faculty, articles posted to its web site, webinars, and digital town meetings, the CTL provides resources and services in support of effective pedagogy across the colleges of the GLCA and the GLAA. Its multi-campus Learning Communities seek to heighten engagement with issues confronting colleges and faculty of all disciplines. The CTL will become host to an expanded array of resources resulting from the collaborative work of faculty across GLCA/GLAA member institutions.
Institutes bring together faculty, staff, and students from across the Global Liberal Arts Alliance to share their work (research, curricular and co-curricular programming) on globally relevant topics such as water, global health, civic engagement, leadership, and transnational feminisms. These explorations encompass aspects of liberal education that Alliance schools have in common and the unique institutional contexts that shape each institution’s approach to the topic. Students participate in joint presentations with faculty and staff, and in student-only panels.
Tuition Remission Exchange
The Great Lakes Colleges Association operates the GLCA Tuition Remission Exchange (GLCA-TRE) program, which allows the children of member college employees to attend any of the member colleges tuition free. The thirteen member colleges of the GLCA, along with Beloit College, Grinnell College, Willamette University, and Wittenberg University are participating members for a total of 17 institutions.
New Writers Award
This national literary award confers recognition each year to a writer who has published a first volume of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. Judges are faculty members of creative writing and literature at GLCA member colleges. Winning writers receive invitations to visit several GLCA colleges to give readings, meet with students and faculty, and enrich the environment of creativity in a college community.