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Program Application, Eligibility, and Approval


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. Leaders are eligible for program expenses (full board included) and summer school salary (full compensation at 12).  Faculty expenses are factored into the student program fee.  Student tuition funds faculty compensation.  Low-enrollment programs can be cancelled by the associate dean of Global Learning if projected program expenses exceed revenue.  In such situations, leaders and Global Learning staff may pursue program changes to reduce expenses.
Study away programs involving international travel and administered by Global Education Committee (Exploration Seminar, May Seminar Abroad, Portal Seminar, Summer School Abroad, and Summer Field Studies) are expected to have two leaders for the duration of the program abroad.  Dual leadership supports excellence in student learning and risk management.  This team may comprise two faculty who work on contract (fall and spring interim).  Most faculty will work off contract during the program (summer term) and typically share the salary pool of the program.  This team may comprise a faculty member and a full-time staff member.  Staff will be released by the college from on-campus responsibilities and working on contract during the program.  Consistent with the particular elements and needs of the program, leaders will exercise different but equal roles and involvements in program development and delivery.  Single-leader programs that support excellence in student learning and risk management will be considered by petition to Global Education Committee and the associate dean for Global Learning.

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 Leaders
  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 (250-word minimum) 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 (e.g. impairments to mobility, vision, or hearing)?
    • 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