Quality Enhancement Plan
"Building International Competence: An Integrated Approach to International Education"
Overview and Brief Description
The University of Tampa’s QEP project is the improvement and
enhancement of international education efforts and is entitled,
“Building International Competence: An Integrated Approach to
The University has determined that
the best way to achieve these goals is through improved integration and
coordination of international education initiatives. The model is
constructed around three core areas: creating a campus learning
environment that promotes international competency; creating
exceptional international-related learning experiences and
opportunities; and maximizing learning outcomes by repeated exposure
and multiple interventions.
The QEP was benchmarked with the
American Council on Education which provides a framework to assess and
measure progress towards instilling the skills, knowledge and attitudes
that are necessary to form internationally competent citizens. The QEP
process has led to development of an elective Certificate of International Studies program. The program will offer options in language studies, courses
with enhanced international and intercultural content, study abroad
options, work experience or extra-curricular activities, and a new
senior capstone course.
The major anticipated outcome will be
student achievement of the UT Educational Experience
internationalization goals with special emphasis on measurable
increases among students whose skills, knowledge and attitudes in the
area of international competency are significantly improved.
Recognizing that faculty leadership is vital to the success of the QEP,
a faculty development component has been included in the plan design.
The overarching goals of the QEP, designed to promote international and
intercultural education opportunities for all students, are to:
a roadmap for the integration and coordination of University programs
and services in the areas of international and intercultural education
- work to better serve domestic and international
students in the areas of international and intercultural education
experiences through provision of multiple services and activities
toward these ends;
- focus student attention and interest on this central component of the UT mission and UT Educational Experience;
faculty/staff attention and interest in the areas of international and
intercultural education experiences, including faculty/staff
- increase the involvement of
interested community partners who share in the goal of improved
international and intercultural education experiences; and
UT to graduate internationally competent students, defined as students
with enhanced skills, knowledge, attitudes and values in the areas of
international and intercultural matters.
Student learning outcomes will be assessed in the following areas that were selected as part of the benchmarking process.
- Students will demonstrate second language skill proficiency including non-verbal communication competency.
will demonstrate daily living skills and will demonstrate the ability
to travel, study, and live outside of the United States.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to access information about the world.
will demonstrate knowledge of the uniqueness of cultures, including the
ability to identify geographical, religious, and socio-cultural
characteristics in non-U.S. countries and cultures.
will demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the historical context
of various world cultures, including identification of the main culture
zones as defined by the American Council on Education.
will develop a knowledge and appreciation of the contemporary global
agenda, defined as those issues which all global citizens face,
including international labor, refugees, environmental degradation, and
women’s and children’s issues.
will demonstrate a recognition and appreciation of cultural differences
between the peoples of the world, including intercultural sensitivity
- Students will demonstrate self-awareness and develop self-esteem regarding their own culture and its ethnic diversity.
will demonstrate receptivity and openness to learning about the world
and engage the larger global community as an internationally competent