This site is developed to share information about a trip of 24 CHE students to Cornerstone University.
It is part of a the minor/course 'USAnders' in which the students learn about
- American culture (in relation to history, religion, politics, economy and geography);
- The way this culture influences the professional environment in the US;
- Their Dutch professional environment by experiencing similarities and differences;
- Themselves by mirroring in contact with American people, esp. students.
The strong learning environment consists of (at least) the following elements:
- Preparation by studying all kinds of sources, related to the personal interest of the students. The preparation is acknowledged by an extensive Take Home Test.
- Developing personal hypotheses, based on interest and prejudices. These hypotheses have to be explored during their time at the Campus of Cornerstone University.
- Developing professional hypotheses within project groups which will be examined during the two weeks at the Cornerstone University.
- Visits to all kinds of general cultural events (Griffens, Amway, WoodTV8, Detroit - the city in transition, Ford factory/museum, Mel Trotter project in social work/welfare, RBC-Ministries, Chicago, a.s.o.).
- Visits to institutions, relevant to their professional education.
- Participating in 'class'.
- Experiencing differences and similarities in Christianity by
- participating in Chapels at the university;
- discussing cities in transition like Detroit;
- attending two church services and
- a lot of conversations, dialogue with American students.
- Living on Campus, amidst of 1500 American students, with all their strange habits.
- Some debriefing sessions in which the Dutch 'professor' supports the learning curves of the students by encouraging them to reflect on a higher/deeper level.
- This exchange between Cornerstone University and CHE started in 2013.
- When we posted information about this particular trip on Facebook, we got all kinds of feedback by alumni, expressing their experiencing with the cliché: 'yes, it probably were the most exciting weeks of my life'.
- So, the stakes are high ;-)