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PCC Named Global Distinction School by UNC World View

Published Tuesday, September 10, 2019
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) was recently recognized as a Global Distinction School by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) World View program.

“We at UNC World View are excited to have Piedmont community college be a global distinction campus and to work more closely with their students and educators,” remarks Hazael Andrew, Associate Director, World View, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “As a global distinction campus, Piedmont community college will now have access to all of UNC’s global resources.”

World View’s N.C. Global Distinction program mobilizes the international resources of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help N.C. community colleges create truly global campuses. In fact, this program is fast becoming recognized as a national model for university-community college cooperation in global learning.

“It is an exciting time to grow our programs as we focus on becoming a more global institution,” comments Dr. Pamela G. Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College. “With World View’s guidance we have the opportunity to offer students from Person and Caswell counties a new way of looking at the world. This program introduces encounters that may open doors never previously considered.”

Global Distinction campuses commit to develop and offer globally intensive courses and activities through which students can earn a global distinction credential.

World View and its UNC partners, including UNC’s five U.S. Department of Education-funded area studies programs, called National Resource Centers, and UNC University Libraries, provide support and access to knowledge, networks and grant funding needed to develop those course offerings and support students’ global education.

PCC’s Chief Academic Officer, Barbara Buchanan states, “We are increasingly serving businesses and industries, such as GKN, Spuntech and others, that reach around the world so having our students graduate with a greater international understanding is important.”

Global Distinction Requirements
Students who attend N.C. Global Distinction colleges can earn a “Graduated with Global Distinction” notation on their transcripts by:
• Completing at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses.
• Participating in eight international activities and dialogues.
• Gaining 30 hours of global experience in a study abroad or domestic intercultural experience.
• Completing a capstone presentation related to their two-year global learning experience.

Program Components
• Globally intensive courses
World View offers course-development grants and coordinates University research visits for community college curriculum teams and individual instructors to create modules that infuse global connections, context and content into courses they teach.

• International activities and dialogues
World View and its partners help colleges identify speakers, films, webinars, webcasts and other activities and resources that educate and inspire faculty and students about global regions and issues.

• Faculty professional development
World View offers year-round global education professional development, including fall symposia and spring seminars, global study visits and a global education leadership program, that help educators broaden their global perspective and develop strategies and action plans for globalizing their classrooms and campuses. The fall symposia offer special sessions for Global Distinction campuses.

Photo: Hazael Andrew, Associate Director, World View, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announces Piedmont Community College as a Global Distinction School.

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