Winthrop offers a culturally diverse campus that welcomes ideas and traditions of people from around the world. Students also choose to travel abroad and learn about a variety of cultures. Winthrop’s commitment to diversity in 2011-12 included:
Grant-Funded International Teachers’ Residency Program
High school teachers from 20 European, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Latin and South American countries took up residence at Winthrop from Feb. 3 to March 19, 2012, to improve their mastery of teaching math, science or language arts. Funded by a $178,046 grant through the U.S. State Department, the program gave the teachers a chance to participate in professional development workshops, field experiences in Rock Hill high schools and cultural exchange activities on and off campus.
Global Learning Initiative
As part of the university’s reaffirmation from its accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Winthrop elected to institute the five-year Global Learning Initiative (GLI). This effort improves student learning in global knowledge, global attitudes and global engagement in order for students to prepare for life and careers in an increasingly integrated and globalized world. The Winthrop community enthusiastically embraced the GLI in its first year. More than 100 faculty and staff participated in the GLI Professional Development Conference in September 2011. Approximately 30 percent of all sections of Touchstone program courses included global learning components.
Beating the Odds Report
Winthrop received national recognition for “beating the odds” in helping students most prone to dropping out of college stay on track toward graduation. The report, developed with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recognized Winthrop and 31 other postsecondary institutions for their efforts to improve college completion rates and to prepare students for successful careers. The report singled out Winthrop as a national model for its approach to boost completion rates, particularly among African-American students.