Agnes Scott College Recognized for Excellence in Campus Internationalization

Atlanta GA, March 10, 2020 – Agnes Scott College is the recipient of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2020 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award. Named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the NAFSA Simon Awards recognize outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization, defined by NAFSA as a conscious effort to integrate and infuse international, intercultural and global dimensions into the ethos and outcomes of their students’ education.

The Paul Simon Spotlight Award celebrates Agnes Scott's faculty for their deep engagement in shaping the college's innovative SUMMIT Global Learning curriculum.  The award showcases the creativity and commitment with which Agnes Scott's faculty keep integrating global learning into their teaching and scholarship across the entire curriculum, providing Agnes Scott's students with a rich and versatile toolkit to critically and successfully engage with the world.

“Internationalization and global learning are baked into the college's mission and ethos. From our diverse student body to our excellent faculty with their inspiring interdisciplinary scholarship and to our co-curricular programming, an awareness of how global connections have impacted and will continue to impact people's lives motivates work in all areas of campus. We strive to constantly enhance a living and learning environment through which we can offer our students the best possible start into a meaningful and successful experience in a global context,” said the Assistant Dean for Global Learning, Gundolf Graml.

The future of internationalization at Agnes Scott will focus on deepening students' global learning experience through a redesigned global specialization and interdisciplinary breadth of courses and a curated offering of global internships. Additionally, the college will continue to link the global competencies that students acquire through study abroad with their disciplinary majors and minors, and students post-graduate success.

“We know that human skills of intercultural communication are more valuable than ever in this age of automation, and liberal arts colleges are especially well-suited to developing them.  But the agile faculty at Agnes Scott have really taken global learning and internationalization to the next level in the bold SUMMIT curriculum, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized by this Paul Simon award,” said Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Leadership Development, Elaine Meyer-Lee.

About NAFSA: With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. 

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.