Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility

Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility is a multi-project, national initiative of AAC&U. The initiative was built on the assumption that we live in an interdependent but unequal world and that higher education can prepare students to not only thrive in such a world, but to creatively and responsibly remedy its inequities and problems.  A quality liberal education in the 21st century provides students with opportunities to work collaboratively, to examine the world’s human and natural systems from multiple perspectives, and to integrate learning across the curriculum by following the threads in an increasingly complex reality.  Such an education—often referred to as global learning—intentionally wrestles with questions of diversity, identity, citizenship, democracy, power, privilege, sustainability, and ethical action. 

By building a network of educators dedicated to this integrative work, Shared Futures facilitates curricular change and faculty development on campuses nationwide. It is the goal of the Shared Futures initiative that these networks of educators lead to collaboration on course design and pedagogy, shared strategies for curricular renewal and globalization of general education, and a fluid, decentralized exchange of resources that opens new opportunities for partnership and learning.

AAC&U's lastest Shared Futures project, General Education for a Global Century, is funded with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.