QEP Topic ideas proposed in this theme include initiatives in: INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES INTERNSHIPS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Examples from some actual submissions are included below. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES
- All students who graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word are required to
have a cross-cultural experience. Student Learning at UIW – Upon graduating from the
University of the Incarnate Word, all UIW students will have gained a global or international
perspective, enhanced their skills to interact with an increasingly global society,
and will be able to demonstrate a better understanding of diverse cultures, languages,
and systems, to potential employers or graduate admission counselors.
- Require some kind of international experience of every UIW student. An international
experience helps otherwise culturally land-locked students recognize and value the
perspectives of “others”. The experience often requires learning at least elements
of another language, which expands our reasoning processes. The experience can/should
also prompt more mature insight into global issues of service and social justice,
consistent with our mission.
- An increase in internship opportunities, would improve integration and transition
from classroom learning to a real world experience.
- Increase the number of Speaker Series Panel/Roundtable discussions and increase the
number of “meaningful” internships.
- Reflection, Critical Thinking, and Civic Engagement across the College Years – We
have a service requirement for graduation that could be better integrated into classroom
learning, and could serve as a vehicle to promote writing and cognitive development
- Cardinals Connect Civil Engagement to Career Opportunities – Two key variables to
student success is the student understanding and connecting to the university mission
and student understanding how their degree connects to career opportunities. Civic
Engagement is key to the UIW mission and if students can connect the lessons learned
from civic engagement to career path, it would enhance their educational path.
- Develop a 1-hr course on Civic Leadership Literacy. Part-1 done on a web-based tutorial-very
student friendly and attractive (& get answers right before move on as in harassment
requirement), before start at UIW or in 1st semester (including transfers).-Part-2
done in 2nd sem of 2nd yr at UIW. If completed, get credit at no cost. Consistent
with Core Outcomes 5,8,9,10. Purpose: increase awareness of need for serious engagement
in community, because that’s our mission, to explain our graduation service requirement,
& that we now have a Center for Civic Leadership.
- Civic Minded Cardinals — Research clearly shows that students who understand and can
connect to the mission of the university are more likely to persist to graduation.