Describe how the Self-Study and Peer Review process were valuable to your organization.
The Self-Study and Peer Review process showed us the value of Chapman’s strong institutional commitment to international education. The processes highlighted our strengths and let us see our development in the last decade, as well as motivate us to continue to improve our services to the students and the Chapman community.
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.
Chapman University’s Center for Global Education (CGE) was recognized for thoroughly preparing students before study abroad. The CGE has taken this a step further since the QUIP Review to improve on these services. CGE staff have initiated better advising practices for semester abroad programs. We now meet individually with every semester abroad applicant to ensure good program fit and so that the student considers academics more strongly over the location or where their friends are going abroad. The CGE has initiated more meetings with faculty, especially STEM, to discuss curriculum integration, academic barriers to study abroad, and value of current offerings for their students.
Global Studies 101 was developed as an online, non-credit pre-departure course hosted via Blackboard. This course was optional in Spring 2015 for students going abroad in the fall. In Fall 2015, the course will become a mandatory component for students studying abroad in Spring 2016. The online course contains a wide variety of information and assignments for students to complete to better prepare them before departure.
The CGE is continuing to look at increasing the number of underrepresented students abroad. A staff member presented at an orientation meeting for First Generation students and was selected as a Gilman Scholarship panelist in spring 2015. With the knowledge gained from this meeting and panel, the CGE, along with the Director of Scholarships and Fellowships, will host a Gilman Scholarship workshop in Fall 2015 targeting traditionally underrepresented students in study abroad and international internships.
The Pre-Departure Orientation has also been improved with the QUIP Review. The orientation now includes an online portion and assessment via Terra Dotta that students are required to complete. The Associate Director and Overseas Program Manager have revamped the in-person orientation with videos and content, along with inviting returned study abroad students to give their advice.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience with the QUIP Program?
Chapman is committed to increasing study abroad participation, as outlined in QUIP. In Spring 2015 we joined Generation Study Abroad with the goal of increasing participation to 60% of Chapman students through short term and long term programs. This initiative was signed off by the Chancellor and has support from the Chapman community.