WKU Faculty-Led Programs
The Global Learning & International Affairs (GLIA) unit, led by Associate Provost John Sunnygard, now includes all WKU international activities. The Study Abroad & Global Learning (SAGL) office is responsible for assisting students and faculty with all off-campus educational opportunities, including domestic and international faculty-led programs (FLPs), internships, research, and semester study.
Domestic and international programming led by WKU faculty is vital to achieving the goals of the WKU strategic plan. In the spirit of the plan, greater emphasis will be placed on academically rigorous, demonstrably sustainable programs that are integrated into an academic major or which offer Colonnade credit.
Why are we re-focusing our efforts? In addition to the strategic plan, we have specific WKU data demonstrating that study abroad by the end of a Hilltopper's second year increases 6-year graduation rates by 15% for low-income students, by 8% for first generation students, and by 29% for students with a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49. In leading a study abroad or Study USA program early in a student's time on the Hill, faculty leaders can have a quantifiably positive impact on student success.
The entire SAGL team of Katherine Hale, Diana Howard, Krista Erickson, Caryn Lindsay, and Katie Scott (Bush) look forward to partnering with faculty program leaders to create high-impact experiences for students.