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Programs, Purposes, and Policies:Re-Envisioning World Language Instruction in the Context of Budgetary Constraints

Benjamin Rifkin

The College of New Jersey

UT-Austin Mission Statement

  • excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research and public service.

  • advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry and the development of new knowledge

  • preserve and promote the arts,

  • benefit the state’s economy

  • serve citizens

UT-Austin Slogan

What starts here changes

the world.

UT-Austin College of Liberal Arts Mission Statement

  • Awareness of global issues

  • Proficiency in a second language

Why Should UT-A Be International?

  • People of Texas

  • Texan Economy

  • Language and International Studies as a key component in the liberal arts education for all students (AAC&U)

  • UT-Austin as a leader in world language education in the US and beyond

AAC&U LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of human cultures through study in the humanities, history, languages

  • Intellectual and practical skills including inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork and problem solving

  • Personal and social responsibility including intercultural knowledge and competence

  • Ethical reasoning and action

  • Foundations for lifelong learning

AAC&U LEAPEssential Learning Outcomes (2)

  • All these must be anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real world challenges

UT-A Students without Language and International Studies Training

  • At a competitive disadvantage

  • Reducing the potential of the state in international commerce

  • Reducing the potential of graduates for lifelong learning

  • Reducing the potential of the graduates for fulfilling lives

AAC&U Employer Survey Data

APA Study on Creativity

This research, published by the American Psychological Association, is the first of its kind to look at the link between living abroad and creativity.

[Researchers found] there is some sort of psychological transformation that needs to occur when people are living in a foreign country in order to enhance creativity. This may happen when people work to adapt themselves to a new culture …”



Coast Guard


Energy Dept.

Broadcasting Board of Governors


Commerce Dept.

State Dept.

Dept. of Defense

Nuclear Reg. Commission

Dept. of Agriculture

Export Import Bank

Intl. Trade Com.

Sample Federal Employers

Morgan Stanley


General Motors

Otis Elevator


Hewlett Packard

Delta Airlines

Price Waterhouse








Exxon / Mobil

Sample Private Sector Employers

Peace Corps


Amnesty International

Citizens Watch

Nonviolence International

Green Cross

International Resettlement Agencies



Mother & Child

Church Missions

Women’s Crisis Center of St. Pbg.

Sample NGO Employers

Discussion of 2007 MLA Report

  • Creation of Texas Language Center

  • Enhancement of UT-Austin grants for Title VI Centers, Flagship programs

  • Revision of undergraduate language programs to provide instruction beyond the area of literature

  • Impact on shape of graduate curricula?

Purposes for Language Study

  • Students’ purposes and goals

  • Faculty purposes and goals

  • Administrative purposes and goals

  • Goals and objectives of potential employers

  • Goals and objectives of graduate and professional schools

Language Learning Missions

  • Heritage

  • Specialist

  • Liberal Arts

  • Applied

Students’ Purposes for Language Study

Assessment Factors

  • Enumerative

  • Attitudinal

  • Quantitative

  • Qualitative

  • Benchmark moments

  • Tasks integrated into the curriculum

  • Multidimensional assessment

Assessment Feedback Loop

UT-Austin Instructional

Assessment Resources

Instructor of Record in UT-Austin Language Classes

Federally Funded Centers

  • Title VI Centers: European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, South Asia Institute,

  • National Language Resource Center: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning

  • Arabic Flagship Program

  • South Asian Flagship Program

Reallocation of Enrollments

  • Incentives for enrollment in under-enrolled language classes

  • Incentives to continue study beyond the language requirement

  • Heritage language class options

Reallocation of Instructional Hours








Not All Technology Is Useful

Expanded Use of Technology

Summary Conclusions

  • Importance of the Mission Statements

  • Policies

  • Purposes

  • Programs (and Public Relations)

  • Assessment and Feedback Loop

  • Enrollment Patterns

  • Heritage Languages

  • Deployment of Instructors

  • Expanded (and Wise) Use of Technology

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