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Programs must be developed in collaboration with Global Learning staff and must be submitted to Global Education Committee for review and approval.  The committee evaluates and approves programs consistent with strategic directions of the College and policy actions of Faculty Senate with special attention to educational aim, safety, and affordability.  In December, Global Learning announces the deadline for applications and communicates other developmental deadlines to faculty members upon approval by Global Education Committee.

Once applicants receive decision results from Global Education Committee, Global Learning staff will contact faculty about program development, which includes deadlines that require faculty involvement and action.  If the proposed course is new, a New Course application must be submitted for approval to Curriculum Committee.  Global Education Committee approval of new programs is provisional until Curriculum Committee has acted.  September 15 is the fall deadline, and January 15 is the spring semester deadline for committee action. 

New programs can be offered one time as 380 courses.  Application must be made to Global Education Committee and accompanied with a syllabus for the 380 course.  380-course programs must undergo formal curriculum review process if offered a second time.  This review process includes completing appropriate application forms for Curriculum Committee. The decision of Curriculum Committee will be independent from approval granted by Global Education Committee.

If core credit is desired for the program, approval must be sought from Core Committee.  A course previously approved as a core course does not need to be re-submitted to Core Committee as long as the course addresses goals and outcomes of the previously approved application.  Similarly, if PEAK credit is desired, approval must be sought from Integrative Learning Committee, which determines the terms of PEAK approval.

Faculty leaders must be tenured, tenure-eligible, or continuing appointment faculty.  Faculty leaders are eligible for travel expenses, per diem (as applicable), and salary depending on enrollment.  Leader travel expenses are factored into the cost of the course.  Faculty taking single-leader programs are eligible for travel expenses and per diem when enrollment reaches 6 students or more.  Programs with less than 6 will generally be cancelled.  Under exceptional circumstances, programs with less than 6 students will be allowed with the consent of the Associate Dean for Global Learning.

For the Exploration Seminar, May Seminar Abroad, Summer School Abroad, and Summer Field Study, two faculty members may offer a program.  For the sake of coordination and decision-making, program applications must indicate an intention to use a two-leader arrangement.  Both leaders need to attend program development meetings with Global Learning staff.  For the Portal Seminar, at least two faculty members will cooperate in offering a program.  These faculty teams will share the salary pool of the program and will exercise equal involvement in the program development and leadership.

To encourage new leaders, Global Learning offers a Leader Development Grant enabling two faculty per year to receive a one-time grant for up to $5000 to accompany a May program and learn from a veteran leader(s).  Faculty eligible to lead a May program are welcome to apply and are expected to lead a May program within two years, contingent upon budgetary resource availability and enrollment.  Grant recipients will submit a 5-page report upon completion of accompaniment.  To encourage new programs. Global Learning offers an International Program Grant for up to
$3000 for May program development.  Contact the Associate Dean for Global Learning for more information regarding faculty leader and program development opportunities.

(Please click on the above link to start an online application.)
  1. Proposed Program Title
  2. Program Leader(s)
  3. Program Type (Fall Exploration Seminar, Spring Exploration Seminar, May Seminar, Portal Seminar, Summer Field Studies or Summer School Abroad)
  4. Proposed Program Course(s)
    • If this program offers a 380 Special Topics course (a one-time option), leaders should submit a course syllabus with the application. For programs offering a new course, a modified course or a course that fulfills Core Curriculum or PEAK requirements, leaders should make timely application to the appropriate governance committee (Curriculum, Core, Integrative Learning).
  5. Program Prerequisite Course(s)
  6. Program Description
    • Please write a (250-word minimum) summary of the program for student readers that Global Learning can use for online and printed presentation of study away opportunities.
  7. Program Rationale
    • Please write a 500-word discussion about how this program addresses the needs and interests of students and advances the mission and strategic initiatives of the College and its academic program.
  8. Learning Goals and Outcomes
    • Goals are general, broad, and abstract statements of desired results. Outcomes are specific, measurable statements about what knowledge, skills, or attributes students will demonstrate upon completion of the course.
  9. Proposed Program Elements
    • Please outline program elements with attention to timeline and duration, travel and residency, as well as pedagogy and participant expectations. Discuss the relationships between these elements and learning goals and outcomes.
  10. Anticipated Health and Safety Risks
    • Please specify possible health and safety risks associated with the proposed program that merit attention during development and delivery.
  11. Are any components of your proposed program inaccessible to individuals with disabilities?
    • If yes, which components? Are there alternative options for students with disabilities?
    • For more information about disability types, see the Global Learning webpage ( and click on Students with Disabilities.
  12. Sustainability Commitments
    • Consistent with Concordia College’s vision and principles for sustainability, please indicate how the proposed program supports the environmental, economic, and social health of the college and our global community:
  13. Previous Study Away Leadership Experience