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Cross Cultural Engagement

CCE Integral Courses (all students do the CCE piece)

A department may propose any regular semester or interim course as a CCE Integral Course. It is probable that many departments will wish to do so with currently offered courses, especially those with a clinical, a practicum, or an internship, in which the experiential component is cross-cultural in nature. New courses can also be proposed; after CCE Coordinating Committee approval, EPC (and, if approval is sought for an additional core category, the Core Curriculum Committee) and Faculty Senate approval must also be sought for new courses.

It is presumed that for most of these courses, an additional semester hour of credit will not be necessary for either the student or for the faculty member. Consider current courses with required ABSL experiences; no extra credit is given because the experience (and, orientation, reflection, and evaluation) is integral to the course.

Instructors of off-campus (and even on-campus) Interim courses should consider requesting CCE Designated Course status. The orientation/reflection component can be a natural part of the course content as well as extended cross-cultural engagement made possible through the course setting. Courses that do not naturally have sufficient face-to-face engagement may add direct experience components to accomplish these ends.

For interims, course proposals seeking the CCE designation can be simultaneously presented to both the CCE Coordinating Committee and the Interim Term Committee, but it is preferable that they receive Interim Term Committee approval before seeking CCE approval. Courses receiving the designation will be so listed in the Interim catalog.


CCE Optional Courses (CCE piece is done only by students needing to meet the CCE requirement)

In any given course a faculty member may include an optional experience that would give the course a CCE designation for students who choose to pursue that option. This would be similar to the way a student can take a regular course for honors designation, by contracting with the faculty member to do additional work. Unlike the honors by contract, however, the faculty member, before offering the option to students, must propose the optional CCE experience to the CCE Coordinating Committee and receive approval for it from the Committee. This course will be listed in the catalog as a CCE optional course.

This option recognizes that there are departments that would like to add an optional CCE piece to an existing course, but believe that the amount of extra work involved could warrant an additional semester hour of credit. For purposes of registration and record-keeping, students who choose to do the optional CCE piece will be enrolled, by the Registrar’s Office, in a course section of IDIS 290 which is attached to the CCE optional course.

It is assumed that this optional experience would relate to the knowledge base and skills taught in the course (thereby, providing a foundation for the “orientation”). However, it is assumed that the requirement for reflection and evaluation would be part of the additional component of this experiential option (in addition to the 20 hours of face-to-face engagement). It is up to the professor to decide whether to make the CCE optional piece worth one semester hour or 0 semester hours (designation only). Appendix B should be completed by any professor choosing this avenue.

Although CCE Optional Courses could evolve from existing courses (e.g. a course with a service learning component) where a cross-cultural experience is optional, other “assignments” could be developed as well. For instance, the content and objectives of a given course could be enhanced with an optional assignment for students to complete an Institute for the Healing of Racism [multi-week version]. This could be proposed as a cross-cultural engagement experience.