Above: Bellarmine nursing students in China (2012).
“Liberal Education in an International Context: Preparing Students for a Globally Competitive World”
Bellarmine University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Liberal Education in an International Context: Preparing Students for a Globally Competitive World,” was launched in 2008 as part of the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation process. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires schools to engage in a 5-year plan to strengthen overall quality and student learning. Bellarmine University’s faculty and staff chose internationalization as the theme for our QEP.
International education is a critical feature of our plans for strategic growth and expansion. One of the five major themes of Bellarmine’s strategic plan is to integrate an international focus into curricular and co-curricular programs, underscoring our belief that the Bellarmine educational experience must be characterized by a commitment to internationalization. Our broad-sweeping and ambitious Vision 2020, which will help us achieve our mission and underpins our strategic planning, further emphasizes fostering an international community of talented and diverse people studying a broad range of topics and issues.
The objective of Bellarmine University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to internationalize the student learning experience. The two major goals are to 1) enhance international curricular offerings and 2) increase student and faculty participation in international experiences.
Three initiatives address enhancing curricular offerings (Goal One) and the remaining three initiatives target an increase in student and faculty participation in international experiences (Goal Two). Thus our plan is organized around enhancing student learning in an international context inside and outside the classroom. We have identified faculty development as a critical strategy for attaining these curricular and experiential goals. This emphasis on faculty development also reflects best practices in internationalization on university campuses. Each initiative is tied to one or more of four student learning outcomes, which reflect knowledge, skills, and attitudinal types of global competencies.
As a result of the QEP, Bellarmine students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast similarities and differences among peoples, religions, customs, arts, and cultures of the world;
- Demonstrate basic communication skills in a foreign language;
- Demonstrate an improved understanding of geography; and
- Apply a global perspective to analyses of social, economic, political, and environmental issues.
For more information about Bellarmine’s QEP, click here (pdf) or contact Graham Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org, QEP Director.
Please visit our International Programs Office site to learn about international study opportunities.