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Ready for the WorldIn 2005, the University of Tennessee submitted a Quality Enhancement Plan for reaccreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) that has since become known on campus as the Ready for the World program. The goals for student learning through this program envision that every UT undergraduate student will possess the following characteristics: a worldview that recognizes, understands, and celebrates the complexity of cultures and people; competence in cross-cultural communication, both domestic and international; the capacity to think critically about international and intercultural issues; the understanding that knowledge is global; and a passion for life-long engagement with global learning.

In recognition of those who have dedicated time and energy toward meeting these challenging goals, an award will be presented at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Banquet held in the spring and winner(s) also will receive a certificate of achievement and a $2,500 monetary award. The recipient(s) may be faculty, staff, and/or students (the monetary award will be divided equally among multiple winners when applicable). The award focuses on innovative and exceptional work that enhances intercultural and international awareness among undergraduate students. Outstanding individual efforts will be recognized and collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts are also encouraged.

Each department or program may submit one nomination (large departments with 500 or more staff and/or students may submit up to three nominations). The nomination document should consist of a one-page letter from a department head or other senior administrator describing the nominee’s work and impact upon undergraduate education. Nominees also are encouraged to submit a three- to five-page summary of their work and explain how it addresses Ready for the World goals and how it impacts undergraduate students.

Nominations should be sent to:

The Global Awards Committee
Attention: Sally McMillan, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0152

The deadline for receipt of materials is close of business on Wednesday, February 1.