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May 11, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 17

Student Affairs Group Honors Global Proficiency Program

Boston College's Global Proficiency Program - an innovative and comprehensive approach to international studies for undergraduate students - has received the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals' International Programming Award.p> The GP program, which was started in 1999 by Office of International Students and Scholars Director Adrienne Nussbaum, is designed to coordinate a student's involvement in multi-cultural or international studies. Requirements for the program include study abroad, related co-curricular service and language studies.

"One of the goals of the program was to give a student something to submit with resumes and applications to graduate school to make them stand out from the typical American student," says Nussbaum, who received the award at the NASPA spring conference in Washington, DC.

"Another goal is to give them a more cohesive and coherent and holistic approach to what they do, how they relate to each other and to reflect on how [these experiences] will impact on their future goals and their future plans."

A number of GP program alumni have gone on to service in the Peace Corps, won Fulbright grants or entered international service professions, such as teaching English as a second language, Nussbaum says. She adds that the program has been used as a model at numerous colleges and universities.

This year, Nussbaum said, seniors who participated in the program were also asked to prepare a project reflecting on their particular involvement in the University's international program and assessing the resulting influence on their future goals.

"The program is really unique because it is co-sponsored by both the academic side and the student affairs side," says Nussbaum. "It encourages students to have a multi-cultural and international perspective in everything that they do at Boston College."

Nussbaum said about 42 seniors will fulfill the program's requirements this year. Each will have an official attachment signed by the University's Academic Vice President and Vice President of Student Affairs added to his or her undergraduate transcript, detailing the student's particular involvement in international studies.

The NASPA award helps to emphasize "that Boston College really has internationalization as a priority and produces global citizens as a priority for our school," says Nussbaum.

-Reid Oslin

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