Why Engage in COIL?


At Stan State, our Strategic Plan and Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice call upon the university to offer learning experiences that enhance cultural awareness and understanding, and that develop the knowledge and skills needed to be responsible global citizens. COIL supports our General Education Program Goals and Outcomes by promoting awareness of multicultural perspectives, and the ability to “identify and analyze problems within local, regional, national, and/or global contexts.” COIL also supports the Graduate Student Learning Goals by promoting “knowledge of diverse perspectives and broader contexts as appropriate to the discipline.” The University’s Strategic Plan calls for students to have experiences with High Impact Practices, and COIL projects typically involve collaborative assignments and projects with an emphasis on diversity/global learning and may involve additional HIPs as appropriate to course learning outcomes. As our Office of International Education reminds us, global perspective and cross-cultural competence are crucial for success in today’s world. Many of the potential international partners have interests in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and there are lots of opportunities to make connections that support campus and regional sustainability efforts.