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UNCG chooses Global Engagement as QEP topic

This year has been an exciting one for UNCG proponents of internationalization. Enthusiasm and support for internationalization as formulated in the strategic plan and mission of the university have resulted in UNCG’s first QEP topic: Global Engagement.

John Sopper and Vidya Gargeya explain QEP
John Sopper and Vidya Gargeya explain QEP process to students
For those not steeped in our regional accreditation lingo, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a forward looking plan of action designed to enhance student learning by focusing on an issue or issues the institution considers important to improving student learning and requires broad-based support for the plan. According to our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC),  an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) includes an institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. Developing a QEP as a part of the reaffirmation process is an opportunity for the institution to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness.  

Last August when a university-wide request for QEP proposals went out, twenty-five topic ideas emerged. Under the leadership of the QEP Steering Committee co-chaired by Drs. Vidya Gargeya and John Sopper, these topics were discussed throughout the year in various public forums, meetings, student residence halls and other venues in order to gather input from all constituents on campus concerning the proposed topics.  By means of an all campus vote (faculty, students and staff), the QEP topic Global Engagement was selected March 1, 2013 from a short list of three of those original topics.

The Global Engagement topic draws heavily from the 20-month UNCG Internationalization Taskforce (the campus steering committee for the ACE Internationalization Laboratory initiative co-chaired by Drs. Penelope Pynes and Jerry Pubantz). Through its work, the taskforce identified five Student international Competencies (SICs) through a review of best practices, focus groups and a campus-wide faculty survey. These SICS will serve as the starting point for the development of the Global Engagement QEP proposal.

A design team has been tasked with clarifying and focusing the student learning outcomes and determining appropriate strategies to enhance learning in regards to these outcomes. The QEP design team will work throughout the rest of the calendar year and plans to submit its QEP to SACS December 2013.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who has had a hand in this process to date! Interested in learning more?
Visit: http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/ or

http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/Quality%20Enhancement%20Plan%20Guidelines.pdf
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