Global Learning Community to give students world view

A Global Learning Community program being initiated on Ohio University's Athens campus this fall will encourage students to apply their studies in an international context, better preparing them for careers in the global marketplace.

More than 40 students have been accepted into the program so far, said Rebecca Thacker, an associate professor of human resources management and director of the new program. Bolstering the experience will be study abroad opportunities; a residential setting that allows students to immerse themselves in international issues and languages; and approaches to learning using new technologies, professionals in residence and collaboration with people around the w orld.

During their sophomore and junior years, students enrolled in the four-year program will reside in Bromley Hall, an off-campus residence facility at South Congress and West Union streets. The program is open to students in the colleges of Communication and Business.

"Achieving success in the global marketplace is as much about knowing how to communicate as it is about understanding the fundamentals of business," Thacker said. "That's why this program is well-suited to students in bus iness and communication."

Faculty members participating, besides Thacker, are Anne Cooper-Chen, journalism; David Mould, telecommunications; and Richard Milter, management systems.

President Robert Glidden said the new learning concept builds on the university's strengths.

"Ohio University has a great College of Communication with an international reputation and a College of Business that has been in the forefront of using new techniques and new technologies in teaching," he said. "W e have been a leader in many aspects of international education. With our strong residential program, the combination of all these features seems a natural opportunity for Ohio University and its students."

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