What is a Global Literacy Endorsement (GLE)?
The GLE provides an exciting opportunity for you to engage in global learning opportunities
and be recognized for your efforts. Through three areas of activity and a capstone
project, participation in the GLE emphasizes awareness, empathy, and collaborations.
Earning the GLE certifies that you have demonstrated growth and development in areas
of communication, global understanding, and social responsibility. Once you complete
all components of the GLE, an endorsement will be added to your official OCC transcript.
Why should I earn a GLE?
Oakland County has increasingly complex global connections and is the most internationally
diverse county in the state - global competence is imperative for success in our community.
For instance, we know that Oakland County employers want to recruit graduates that
have “21st century skills” including curiosity, flexibility, problem solving, self-awareness,
teamwork, and tolerance for ambiguity, among others. We also know that the schools
you want to transfer to are equally committed to international perspectives and global
learning. That means, both further education and employment opportunities increasingly
require you to be globally competent and engaged. To accomplish this, you must be
willing to challenge yourself to explore the political and historical contexts of
global challenges with openness, mutual accountability, and humility. This will help
you become globally competent by developing the skills, practices, and perspectives
needed to navigate a complex and interconnected world. The GLE can help you prepare
for transfer, increase your marketability, and deepen your ability to adapt in a diverse
world. No matter what you want to do after OCC, the GLE can help you succeed .
How do I earn a GLE?
To earn the GLE you must complete requirements in the areas of global academic experience, global life experience, and global activities along with a capstone project. In some cases, prior learning may be used to satisfy
the requirements and many of the courses and activities may be ones in which you are
already interested. You will be assigned a GLE coach who will help you to complete
the GLE and develop your capstone project. To track your progress, you will submit
written reflections and other necessary documentation on a dedicated D2L site. Once all of these elements have been completed, you will receive the GLE on
your official transcript.
The first step is to APPLY NOW to let us know you're interested! All current students are welcome to pursue the
GLE and no one will be turned away.
Which courses count toward the Global Academic Experience requirement and how many
do I have to take?
Courses will be reviewed periodically and a current list will always be available on the GLE website under the Academic Experience link. Many of these courses can be used to satisfy General Education or Michigan
Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirements at OCC. You will need to complete a minimum
of 4 courses from at least two different subject areas, including at least one language
course, all with a grade of C+ (2.3) or above. Equivalent transfer credit from other
colleges and universities may be accepted with approval.
How can a course get added to the Global Academic Experience list?
Courses not on the approved list for the GLE list may qualify. You can submit a request
for course review via email to Jillian in the Office of Global Education (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with supporting documentation. Note that the course should have at least 25% global
content to be considered. The request and supporting documentation should include
Request will be reviewed by the Global Education Committee and response sent via email
within 4-6 weeks.
How can I complete the Global Life Experience requirement?
By participating in an approved education abroad experience -OR- multiple local experiences with a global focus. Learn more about the specific requirements
and available opportunities by visiting the Global Life Experience page. You may work with your GLE coach and the Office of Global Education to find
an experience that's right for you!
How can I complete the Global Activities requirement?
By attending at least four global/international/intercultural events at OCC or in
the community. This should include a minimum of at least one per semester while you
are pursuing the GLE. Check out our Global Activities & Events page to find great opportunities every month!
Who can apply for the GLE?
Any currently enrolled student at OCC.
Will the GLE show up on my transcript?
Yes! Once you have completed all of the academic, life experiences, and activities
required and your capstone project has been approved with documentation, you will
have earned the GLE. The Office of Global Education will then submit your name to
the registrar who will add the endorsement to your official transcript.
How long do I have to complete the GLE?
You are eligible to work on the GLE any time that you are enrolled as a student at
OCC. If you need to take a semester off, your work will be saved. You can pick up
where you left off when you return to OCC.
If I apply for the endorsement and do not fulfill the requirements, will it show up
on my transcript as incomplete?
No. There is no penalty for applying and not completing the endorsement. No reference
to the GLE will appear on your transcript if you do not complete the process.
How do I apply?
If you are a currently enrolled student at OCC, you may apply for the GLE by filling
out the online application. The application will help us get to know you and pair you with a coach to support
you throughout the process. Apply today!