What is the GLE?
The GLE is an official endorsement on your college transcript. It recognizes that
a student has gone beyond typical expectations to develop global competencies and
engage in intercultural learning. You can earn the GLE by participating in a combination
of academic courses, life experiences, and local events and activities, all with a
global focus. After fulfilling these requirements and tracking your progress on a
dedicated D2L site, you will present a capstone project at a global learning event.
- Global Academic Experience: Complete four courses in two different disciplines from the approved global course
list and earn a grade of C+ (2.3) or higher in each. At least one semester of language
- Global Life Experience: You have two options, either:
- 1) attend an approved education abroad opportunity -OR-
- 2) engage in at least two sustained local experiences with a global focus.
- Global Activities & Events: Attend at least four global/international activities or events at OCC or in the community
including a minimum of one per semester while you are pursuing the GLE.
- Capstone Project: After fulfilling the requirements in each of the three areas outlined above, you
will complete a capstone project. The project includes preparing a comprehensive reflection
on your GLE experience and presenting it at a global learning event.
Once all of these elements have been completed, you will receive the GLE on your official
transcript. The overview outlines all of the specific requirements of the GLE. For more information and to
get started, check out the links on the right side of this page .
Why earn the GLE?
The GLE will prepare you to thrive in a complex world. No matter where you are or
what you do, you will live and work with people from diverse backgrounds. Developing
the cultural awareness to communicate effectively and build equitable relationships
with people from different backgrounds is essential in today's global world. The GLE
can help you develop these abilities and competencies.
The GLE will prepare you for success in further education and employment. Colleges
and universities are prioritizing global learning. Employers are demanding the 21st
century skills defined by global competencies. In other words, being able to work
with and through the complexities of an interconnected world is essential to achieving
your life goals. The GLE provides a launch pad to prosperity in higher education,
the workplace, and the broader community.
The GLE will prepare you to be a positive force in your community. Through the GLE
you will develop empathy and awareness, practice ethical engagement, and pursue equitable
collaborations. You will be urged to move beyond simplistic solutions into nuanced
understandings that address root causes. These opportunities will give you the confidence
you need to face the challenges of a global world with humility, accountability, and
openness. The GLE will transform your life and empower your future.
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