JBU Receives Grant

Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 12, 2004) — John Brown University has received a $71,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program for Project Campus Globalization. The project will help JBU internationalize the current curriculum and improve foreign language instruction. JBU will use grant funds to add new study-abroad programs, add or revise international courses and internships, increase faculty development in international education on and off campus, and hire a full-time Spanish professor. These activities will take place over the next two years. The program objectives break down into specific projects and programs. JBU faculty will develop or revise 29 courses to include international and cross-cultural elements. Additional resources will help establish a Language Resource Library that includes an international channel via satellite that will host foreign language programs for student instruction. JBU also plans to add two new study-abroad programs as part of an effort to double the number of students participating in off-campus learning opportunities. A German Studies program will be established by summer 2005, followed by a Middle Eastern Studies program the next year. “Our students will now have opportunities to experience cross-cultural situations in North America and in other countries,” Dr. Ed Klotz, associate professor of intercultural studies and chair of the social and behavior studies division, said. “This grant enables us to prepare our students for those international encounters.” The first priority is recruiting a full-time Spanish professor for the fall 2004 semester. Currently, JBU has only one full-time language instructor. Faculty will also benefit through this grant by being able to attend summer institutes on international education. Grant funds will also allow for three faculty members to attend a Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ summer international studies learning trips. John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.