Describe how the Self-Study and Peer Review process were valuable to your organization.
In our field we rarely have the opportunity to pause to reconsider why we do what we do. We are, reasonably enough, preoccupied with how we implement and administer our programs. The QUIP process required a period of collective introspection where we focused not just on the administrative mechanisms but also on the educational and philosophical mission: on why, not just how. This was of significant value both in terms of refining best practice but also in raising staff awareness across departments.
Year of Interim Report Recognition
Share an example of a best practice at your organization that was recognized during your QUIP Review, or that was developed as a result of your QUIP Review.
The review recognized that academics were at the core of CAPA’s mission. As a result, we further focused on initiatives that strengthened our global cities agenda. These included redefinition of learning outcomes in relation to globalization, urban environments, social dynamics and diversity. The development of a global learning network across program sites is another consequence of the impact of QUIP in so far as it signaled an imperative to think in a strategic manner about our academic provision and values.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience with QUIP?
The benefits of participation go far beyond recognition that your organization is meeting community standards. If the process is carried out as a collective endeavor, it creates a pervasive ethos of thoughtful analysis and heightened critical awareness. This will impact on the nature of the learning experiences created for students and will better align study abroad with the core requirements of U.S. Higher Education. In this process study abroad may move from the periphery towards the center of educational relevance and achieve parity of esteem with other academic activities.