College hosts lecture on global learning

first_imgColleges must follow through on their promises of global education, R. Michael Paige, professor of International and Intercultural Education at the University of Minnesota, said. In his lecture, “Global Learning and the Intercultural Dimension of Internationalization,” delivered at Saint Mary’s College on Friday, Paige said universities promise perspective students a global education, but rarely go beyond the promise. “Many times universities say they prepare globally perspective students, but the evidence is just not there,” he said. “The rhetoric often exceeds the practices.” In order to follow through on these promises, Paige said faculty members must encourage their students to study abroad. “Studying abroad stands as a beacon for students,” Paige said. “It is continuously listed as the most influential instrument in a student’s higher education learning experience. A real solid undergraduate education involves academic study abroad.” Paige said faculty must question how they can prepare and support their students’ global perspectives. “[Faculty must] foster a learning environment that prepares students to fully participate in the global community,” Paige said. “Colleges must have internationalization permeate the climate of learning.” Incorporating global learning into the curriculum will also make classes more engaging, he said. “Internationalization must be seen in the curriculum,” Paige said. “This aspect of learning makes courses more exciting and students love courses with an international dimension. We must be thinking how we teach and how we can enhance our student’s overall education.” Marc Belanger, professor of Political Science at Saint Mary’s, said he agrees with Paige’s perspective. “[Global learning] is important because today’sstudents simply will not be successful without an understanding of the global forces which impact how they live and work,” he said. “I have long believed it was our responsibility as humans to be globally aware.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Open Data Initiative to Engage Citizens in Innovative Policy Solutions

first_img Government That Works,  Open Data,  Press Release,  Transparency Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf signed an executive order today to release agency data to the public in open, machine readable formats.“One of our most valuable and underutilized resources in state government is data,” said Governor Wolf. “Our goal is to make data available in order to engage citizens, create economic opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs, and develop innovative policy solutions that improve program delivery and streamline operations.”Open data refers to data in a format that can be understood by a computer and used freely by anyone. In Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center established by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh have released 450 data sets on topics including public safety, housing, health and human services and transportation. By releasing state data, it increases the ability for researchers, businesses and citizens to find innovative solutions to improve public and private services.“Making government data easily accessible benefits the public in many ways,” said Erik Arneson, Executive Director of the Office of Open Records. “Experience has shown that a good state-level open data portal will lead to cost savings for the government, opportunities for businesses, and more information for citizens. I applaud Governor Wolf for taking this important step.”The Governor has directed the Office of Administration to establish a central repository to serve as the common location for open data published by state agencies. The Office of Administration will also work with agencies to identify, secure, and release valuable data sets. The executive order requires agencies protect sensitive information. The new site is expected to be ready this summer and will continue to expand as new types of data are added.“Over time, we believe that open data can provide a faster and more efficient way to deliver data to those who need it, and create opportunities for data analysts, entrepreneurs and technology developers to leverage our data and services in new and innovative ways.”To read the executive order, click here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Open Data Initiative to Engage Citizens in Innovative Policy Solutionscenter_img April 19, 2016last_img read more