1. What is the QEP?
“Discovering Global Citizenship” is the university’s five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to increase internationalization at TCU, particularly through programs related to developing countries and communities where the institution has minimal engagement. The QEP is a requirement for the university’s 10-year accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Ultimately, the QEP aims to facilitate departments and offices performing international curricular and co-curricular programs across campus.
2. Can I only perform international programs at TCU in conjunction with the QEP?
No. Departments and offices are not required to work with the QEP on their international programs. Many excellent international programs already exist at TCU. The goal of the QEP is to augment these existing programs with new initiatives in an effort to increase student participation and enhance global citizenship across campus.
3. Can you explain the regional focus of the QEP?
Each academic year the QEP will spotlight different regions and countries throughout the world. Fall 2013/Spring 2014 – Caribbean and Africa, Fall 2014/Spring 2015 – Middle East/Central Asia, Fall 2015/Spring 2016 – Europe and the Americas, Fall 2016/Spring 2017 – China and India, Fall 2017/Spring 2018 – South and East Asia/Pacific Region. Once the QEP spotlights a particular country or region, the hope is that departments, offices and individuals at the university will continue performing programs related to those countries and regions while new ones are spotlighted. The QEP aims to increase internationalization at TCU; therefore, there are initiatives that accept proposals related to other countries and regions.
4. Who would I contact if I have a question about the QEP?
The QEP website includes a directory on its “Who We Are” page. For general questions, please contact the QEP Director, Dr. Ed McNertney (firstname.lastname@example.org). For questions related to a specific QEP initiative, please contact the Team Leaders for that initiative.
5. Who are the international experts that inform the QEP?
The QEP committee includes international faculty and staff, as well as representatives from the Center for International Education and the Office of International Services. The QEP committee receives guidance from professional associations, including the ACE International Laboratory and the Association of International Educators. Additionally, the QEP partners with scholars and field professionals working for universities, NGOs and corporations throughout the world.
6. How can I get involved?
TCU faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals to each of the six QEP initiatives: Global Innovators, Visiting Scholars, Local Global Leaders, Virtual Voyage, The Global Academy and TCU Abroad. TCU students wanting to submit a proposal must partner with a TCU faculty or staff member.
7. What if I have an idea related to internationalization at TCU that doesn’t line up with the existing QEP initiatives?
The QEP always welcomes new ideas. Eventually, the QEP website will include an Idea Board to capture these suggestions. In the meantime, please send all ideas, questions and feedback to the QEP Director, Dr. Ed McNertney (email@example.com).
8. Is there money available from the QEP for faculty research?
The QEP is not intended to fund faculty research. The QEP is expected to focus on student learning outcomes in order to meet SACS’ requirements.