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Initiative 4

Leverage our Boston location to become the global hub for Christian education.

IN FOCUS:
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27% increase in number of international students and 14% increase in number of domestic minority students since 2015

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48 countries and 44 US states represented by undergraduate student body

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U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of schools with the most international students (2017, 2018)

Toward the goal of better reflecting the rich mosaic of the body of Christ, Gordon also implemented a board-approved Shalom Statement that expresses the College’s commitment to a “right ordering of relationships and actions resulting in the affirmation of human dignity and the flourishing of community.” 

Gordon has increased global connections and intentionally formed partnerships with churches and organizations in the region, across the country, and around the world. The creation of our Multicultural Initiatives Office (MIO) and strengthening of existing initiatives like the Clarendon Scholars Program and ALANA (which supports our Asian, Latino, African and Native American students) have also had a positive impact in this important area. Recent events around the country, and even on our campus, have highlighted the importance of doing even more – and this important work has continued most recently with the able work of the InterVarsity Institute in developing a plan to help the College make greater progress in this area. Faculty have also worked diligently to review and assess the entire core curriculum to ensure diverse representation and perspectives are presented to all students. This important work will continue. 

The wider political climate has made it more difficult for nearly every institution of higher learning to attract and retain international students. Still, the College has significantly grown international enrollment, with 13% of undergraduate students now holding a foreign passport or coming from overseas. The College also continues to build ties with strategic regions, with a special emphasis on Brazil, with a special dual-degree program coming online this summer in partnership with Mackenzie Presbyterian University, the largest private institution in South America.  Similar initiatives are underway in Ghana as well.

THE STARTING POINT: ORIGINAL GOALS

  • Better reflect the rich mosaic of the body of Christ through intentional selection, appointment or invitation of instructional and program staff, and intentional orientation and training for all faculty, staff and students
  • Be intentional about the recruitment of a diverse pool of applicants into all faculty searches
  • Enrich the student body through 20 percent enrollment of international students
  • Increase participation of faculty in workshops and training related to multicultural and global perspectives in curriculum content and pedagogy
  • Cultivate and track 110 new global connections annually to double the scope of Gordon’s global network
  • Intentionally form partnerships with churches and pastors of diverse domestic and international backgrounds in order to enrich an increasingly diverse and international student body
  • All academic programs, including the core committee, will assess and adapt their curricula to integrate diverse global concerns
  • Global Education, working with individual departments, will provide at least one multicultural/international experience that meets program needs and student goals
  • Encourage at least ten student Fulbright applications and at least one faculty applicant per year

STANDOUT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Creation of Shalom statement and continued work, most recently with the InterVarsity Institute
  • Grew international enrollment to 13%, becoming a national leader among CCCU schools
  • Dual-degree programs in Brazil and soon Ghana

DISAPPOINTMENTS

  • Growing Fulbright applications, but not where we had hoped to be
  • Increasingly difficult to draw international students to the U.S.
  • Much more ground to cover in Shalom work