Describe how the Self-Study and Peer Review process were valuable to your organization.
We appreciated the opportunity that the Self-Study presented to concertedly examine and reflect on all of the aspects of the Middlebury School in Italy, particularly at our flagship site in Florence. It was extremely valuable for us to then be reviewed by experienced peers in the field, who were able to assess the program with fresh eyes.
Their insights on where we can continue to improve the program in order to keep pace with the changing landscape of international education were very useful. The Self-Study and Peer Review were also quite timely as they came about right around the 55-year anniversary of our program in Florence!
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.
A major question that we addressed with the Peer Review committee was how to improve enrollment at the School in Italy. The committee’s review not only helped us to identify the primary challenges to enrollment currently, but also provided detailed suggestions about how to improve our student numbers in Italy based on the feedback they received from people with whom they spoke and recent trends in study abroad. One of the primary suggestions was to adjust our language requirement for the program in order to attract students with varying levels of Italian. We are excited to announce that we have recently been able to do this and have established multiple linguistic points of entry at our program in Florence, offering Beginner and Intermediate-level programming to undergraduate students. We are excited about the new prospects that this change brings to the School in Italy!