The Vermont Connection


Students in higher education in the United States of America are in a paradoxical position. They are living in the only country in the world that publicly identifies as a superpower, and yet, at the same time, they are faced with an educational system that does not universally prepare them to live and work in a global society. In this article, I explore the feasibility of a paradigm shift for institutions of higher education in the United States of America to promote a more global context. Examination of the historical values of higher education and their evolution, definition of the phrase global citizenship, and suggestions for areas of change within the in-class and out-of-class curricula are also included. Finally, I provide recommendations and questions for the academy in an effort to inspire and evoke this dramatic andragogical (learner-focused education) change.