Jesuit Worldwide Learning

Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins

Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the MarginsJesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins (JWL) is a collaborative global partnership comprised of organizations, institutions, companies, and above all, people, to provide tertiary education to those who would otherwise not have access to higher learning opportunities. It draws on the rich and centuries long Jesuit tradition of higher education and through a blended on-site and on-line approach mobilizes the resources of Jesuit and other worldwide networks of educational institutions.

Creighton University's JWL Liaison and Site Coordinator is Dr. Martha Habash, Associate Professor of Classical & Near Eastern Studies, Dept. of Fine and Performing Arts. Dr. Habash also serves as Advisor to JWL on Middle East Operations.

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JWL Diploma in Liberal Arts Graduates: Scholarship Opportunities for Completion of a Bachelor's Degree at Creighton University

Creighton University invites JWL diploma in liberal arts graduates to apply for a scholarship to complete their bachelor's degree in one of its two online bachelor's degree programs. Twenty scholarships will be available for the 2018-2019 academic year in a pilot program.  Students will take 1-2 online courses every 8 weeks.  A Creighton advisor will assist the student throughout his/her academic career at Creighton.  The application for admission also serves as the application for this scholarship.  

Students will major in Leadership Studies and can choose to also minor in Healthy Lifestyle Management:

B.S. in Leadership Studies (major): Grounded in the Jesuit leadership paradigm, this program prepares students for leadership opportunities not just at work, but also in the ordinary activities of everyday life. Central to this adult-focused interdisciplinary leadership program is the premise that the leader must know him or herself.

B.A. in Healthy Lifestyle Management (minor): The goal of the Bachelor's in Healthy Lifestyle Management is to offer a degree program that focuses on whole person health by providing students the knowledge, skill and values to work with people on an individual level to improve their personal health and well-being and prevent the onset and/or progression of chronic diseases.

Student fees and access to textbooks will be covered by this scholarship for up to 91 credit hours needed to complete the credits required for the obtainment of the degree.  JWL will provide access to these textbooks.  Access to the online Creighton library and the online tutoring and writing centers will be available.  

The 45 credit hours from Regis University for the JWL diploma courses will transfer to Creighton University and will count toward the 128 hours needed for obtainment of a bachelor's degree.  

Students who do not receive the scholarship for Fall 2018 may keep their applications active for the next round of scholarships by writing to the scholarship coordinator, Dr. Martha Habash, at mhabash@creighton.edu indicating continued interest. 

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Creighton University is proud to be a JWL partner. We collaborate with JWL in several other ways:

Endorsement of Courses in the JWL Professional Certificate Program

Endorsement of Courses in the JWL Professional Certificate Program

JWL Professional Certificate Programs consist of short-term classroom-based courses to train students in a whole range of skills.  All courses are developed in collaboration with university faculties to reflect tertiary education quality.

A process is in place for CU to review and endorse JWL certificate courses:  JWL sends a request to Dr. Martha Habash, Creigton's JWL Liaison.  After reviewing the request, she sends it to an appropriate Creighton faculty specialist in topic area. "Endorsement" essentially means that the course in question has the content, learning methods and assessment strategies appropriate for the proposed learning outcomes.  If approved, Vice Provost of Global Engagement sends an official letter to JWL with endorsement and permission to use the Creighton University seal.  Tracking is housed at Creighton's Global Engagement Office.  

If you are interested in reviewing courses in any of the following program subjects, please contact Dr. Martha Habash at MarthaHabash@creigthon.edu:

  • Primary Teacher Training
  • Youth Worker
  • Psychosocial Case Management
  • Community Healthcare Provider
  • Community and Development Business
  • Peace and Reconciliation
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Creighton Faculty Teach in JWL Diploma Courses

Creighton Faculty Teach in JWL Diploma Courses

JWL has offered an academic Diploma in Liberal Studies since 2010.  The Diploma (45 semester credits) is awarded by Regis University in Denver, Colorado, USA.  The curriculum is global in its focus and scope. All credits earned are Regis University credits and recorded on an official transcript from that university.

Each year Creighton University faculty volunteer to teach about ten JWL diploma courses.  CU provides a modest stipend per course taught. Instructors must have a master's degree at minimum and expertise in one of the areas taught.  JWL manages all aspects of the course.  Syllabi have all been pre-approved, and volunteer faculty facilitate learning online.

If you are interested in exploring possibilities of teaching one of these courses, please send your curriculum vitae to Dr. Martha Habash at MarthaHabash@creighton.edu.

Creighton Students in the Global Classroom (JWL Diploma Course)

Creighton Students in the Global Classroom (JWL Diploma Course)

Creighton University undergraduate students may enroll in one of four JWL online courses:  Religions of the World, Interdisciplinary Arts, Ethics and the Human Person, or Introduction to Political Thought, alongside a Creighton Course, IDC 320: Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Global Perspectives in Liberal Arts. Creighton students learn alongside and interact with JWL students in sites across the world.  As part of the IDC 320 course, Creighton students also interact with refugees or people working in refugee services within the Omaha community.

If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please contact Dr. Martha Habash at MarthaHabash@creighton.edu.

Funded by the Creighton Global Initiative.

JWL Diploma Graduates Degree Completion at Creighton University

JWL Diploma Graduates Degree Completion at Creighton University

Beginning Fall 2018, qualified JWL diploma graduates (4 each year over 5 years) will be admitted to Creighton University's online Bachelor of Science in Leadership program or the Bachelor of Arts in Healthy Lifestyle Management program. Faculty development, course refinement as well as  educational supplies for these students will be provided as part of this program.

Funded by the Creighton Global Initiative.

Teacher Training for JWL's Global English Language Program (GEL)

Teacher Training for JWL's Global English Language Program (GEL)

Beginning January 2018 Creighton University's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) will pilot a program to prepare teachers for JWL's Global English Language Program (GEL).  The pilot's length will be of 8 months and include 150 hours or instruction, including formation content in addition to ESL teacher skill development. Initially the IELI would grant a certificate of completion and later possibly develop this into a diploma program with Creighton University transferable credits.

Other Programs Under Consideration

Other Programs Under Consideration

We are in the process of evaluating the possibility of partnering further with JWL on improving access to higher education for qualified students across the world.  The following initiatives are being considered:

  • Associate's Degree in Leadership (online)
  • Oversight of the Community Healthcare Provider Professional Vocational Certificate
  • Associate's Degree in Healthcare Provider


If you have interest in any of these programs or want to find out about other opportunities to participate in the JWL-CU partnership, please contact us any time!

Martha Habash, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Liaison, Site Coordinator, and Advisor on Middle East Operations
Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Tel: (402) 280-5527 (office)
Fax: (402) 280-1454