If you have already started working towards your Global Citizen Diploma, please don’t panic about the new look. Most of the changes we’ve made are about increasing the clarity of what the diploma represents, not what you are doing to earn it. But there are a few changes:

Old GCD Element

New GCD Element

Core Elements

Values

This has moved into the core from the extended elements in the old model, but it isn’t required to earn the Certificate, so it has no impact on earning your diploma.

Academics

Community Engagement

Criteria have been clarified, but if you already have it approved, it will be honored.

Community Engagement

Global Perspectives

Renamed. Criteria have been clarified, but if you already have it approved, it will be honored.

Global Understanding

Communications

Used to require a Public Speaking component and a Multilingualism component. These have been separated so the Speaking piece is no longer a core requirement, but an extended element. And if your level of multilingualism is high enough, you can earn both the Inter-Cultural Communication and Multilingualism elements in the new model.

Inter-Cultural Communication

Extended Elements

Competencies

Academics

Graduation requirement - moved to core, but not required for Certificate.

This is a new element that requires reflection on learning skills, not to be confused with Academics from the old model. See above.

Academic Skills

Adventure

The new criteria are a bit different, posts approved under the old criteria will be honored.

Wilderness Engagement

Arts For Life

The new criteria are a bit different, posts approved under the old criteria will be honored.

Artistic Expression

Apprenticeship

The new criteria are a bit different, posts approved under the old criteria will be honored.

Work Experience

Digital Citizenship

Has no equivalent in the new model, but if you have already had this element approved, it will be honored as a competency in the new model.

Fit For Life

The new criteria are a bit different, posts approved with two of Activity, Healthy Habits or Habits of Mind under the old criteria will be honored.

Wellness

Management

Is essentially the same

Management

Personal Goal

Is essentially the same

Personal Goal

The Speaking component of core Communications will be counted as Public Communication in the new model.

Public Communication

Advanced Elements

Areas of Expertise

Advanced Academics

Is essentially the same

Advanced Academics

Leadership

The new criteria is a bit more inclusive. Any posts approved under the old criteria will be honored.

Leadership

This is a new element, but depending on your level of language proficiency, this element may have been approved with core Communications - multilingualism. Check the new criteria and talk to your GCD Coordinator

Multilingualism

Advanced Personal Accomplishment

Is the same.

Personal Accomplishment