Global Perspective Inventory Highlights

IW ILO Global Learning: Students will critically analyze complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability.

Notes: Data collected Spring 2017. Global Perspective Inventory consists of seven scales. Student responses are on a 5-point scale (1 = strongly disagree to 5 = strongly agree). National norms are based on data collected since 2015.

Cognitive Knowing Scale: Complexity of one’s views of the importance of cultural context in judging what is important to know and value.

  • 85% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “take into account different perspectives before drawing conclusions about the world around me.”
  • 74% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “consider different cultural perspectives when evaluating global problems.”
  • IW juniors and seniors (M = 3.63) reported higher values than the national norm (M = 3.57).

Cognitive Knowledge Scale: Understanding and awareness of various cultures and their impact on our global society and level of proficiency in more than one language.

  • 72% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “understand how various cultures of this world interact socially.”
  • 74% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “can discuss cultural differences from an informed perspective.”
  • IW freshmen (M = 3.74) and sophomores (M = 3.77) reported higher values than the national norms (M = 3.68, M = 3.73, respectively).

Intrapersonal Affect Scale: Respect for and acceptance of cultural perspectives different from one’s own and emotional confidence when encountering complex cultural situations.

  • 78% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “do not feel threatened emotionally when presented with multiple perspectives.”
  • 88% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “am accepting of people with different religious and spiritual traditions.”
  • 82% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “enjoy when my friends from other cultures teach me about our cultural differences.”
  • 80% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “am open to people who strive to live lives very different from my own life style.”
  • IW juniors and seniors (M = 4.20) reported higher values than the national norm (M = 4.16).

Intrapersonal Identity Scale: Awareness of one’s unique identity and degree of acceptance of one’s ethnic, racial, and gender dimensions of one’s identity.

  • 87% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “have a definite purpose in my life.”
  • 93% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “can explain my personal values to people who are different from me.”
  • 85% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “put my beliefs into action by standing up for my principles.”
  • IW students (M = 4.17) reported higher values than the national norm (M = 4.11).

Interpersonal Social Responsibility Scale: Interdependence and social concern for others.

  • 69% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “consciously behave in terms of making a difference.”
  • 66% of IW students agree or strongly agree that “volunteering is an important priority in my life.” IW students (M = 3.76) surpass the national norm (M = 3.68).
  • IW juniors and seniors (M = 3.90) reported higher values than the national norm (M = 3.72).

Interpersonal Social Interaction Scale: Engagement with others who are different from oneself and degree of cultural sensitivity in living in pluralistic settings.

  • 87% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “frequently interact with people from a race/ethnic group different from my own.”
  • 66% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “intentionally involve people from many cultural backgrounds in my life.” IW students (M = 3.78) surpass the national norm (M = 3.55).
  • 62% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “frequently interact with people from a country different from my own.” IW students (M = 3.79) surpass the national norm (M = 3.39).
  • IW students (M = 3.68) reported higher values than the national norm (M = 3.34).

Additional Highlights:

  • 87% of IW students agree or strongly agree that they “feel that my college/university community honors diversity and internationalism.” IW students (M = 4.22) surpass the national norm (M = 3.87).
  • 32% of students reported sometimes and 30% reported often or very often attending “events or activities sponsored by groups reflecting a cultural heritage different from your own.”
  • 70% of students reported taking one or more multicultural courses “addressing issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, or sexual orientation.”
  • 68% of students reported taking one or more courses that “included opportunities for intensive dialogue among students from different backgrounds and beliefs.”
  • IW students agreed that “faculty presented issues and problems in class from different cultural perspectives”, with 37% reporting this happened sometimes and 43% reported it happened often or very often.