Worcester Polytechnic Institute Selected to Receive a Theodore Hesburgh Award for Global Perspective Program

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Worcester, Mass. - February 17, 2003 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received the Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence recognizing its Global Perspective Program. WPI was one of five institutions recognized to receive Hesburgh Awards.

The award was presented to Paul Davis, Dean of Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, and Natalie Mello, Director of Global Operations for WPI's interdisciplinary programs, at a ceremony as part of the 85th annual meeting of the American Council on Education in Washington D.C.

"We are honored to be recognized for WPI's groundbreaking work with the project centers," said Dean Davis. "WPI has advocated a global study program as a significant component of our undergraduate education since its inception in 1974. The success of our program is based on an ambitious faculty development program which addresses the needs of our professors who take on unconventional roles well beyond the classroom as they work with students at our project centers around the world."

The award is named in honor of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, a national renowned educator and worldwide humanitarian. It is sponsored by TIAA-CREF, a leading national financial services organization which includes the premier pension system for education and research institutions and their employees.

TIAA-CREF created the award to recognize faculty development programs that enhance undergraduate teaching and learning, and to encourage their creation at America's colleges and universities. Nine judges, all with highly distinguished backgrounds in higher education reviewed and selected the winners.

Also receiving awards were Indiana University-Bloomington, which received the Hesburgh Award for its Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program. In addition to WPI, three other schools received Hesburgh Certificates of Excellence. Miami University of Oxford Ohio for its Faculty Learning Communities Program; Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minnesota for its Urban Teacher Program; and the University of Denver for Sustainable, Programmatic Innovation in Undergraduate Curriculum.

For more information on WPI's Global Perspective Program, visit the Global Perspective Program Web site. For more information about TIAA-CREF, visit the TIAA-CREF Pressroom.