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March 22, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Names Quality Enhancement Plan

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The University of Texas at Tyler has chosen for its Quality Enhancement Plan an integrated program to increase global awareness among cohorts of freshman and sophomore students, Dr. Donna Dickerson, vice provost for academic affairs and graduate studies dean, announced.

Global Awareness Through Education, which will begin in fall 2011, will enhance and increase university students’ global knowledge and understanding of other cultures and worldviews.

“With the GATE program, UT Tyler will form on-campus GATE Learning Communities for at least 150 freshmen and sophomores over the course of the five-year program, integrate global content into existing and new core curriculum courses and create a Sophomore Summer Student Abroad Experience,” said Dr. Robert Sterken, assistant provost for international programs and QEP Planning Committee chair.

The QEP is part of the requirements for re-affirmation of UT Tyler’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  UT Tyler is scheduled to be reviewed in April for re-affirmation by a nine-member visitation team. While on campus the team, among other items, will review the QEP with students, faculty and university administrators.

“Developing a QEP as part of the re-affirmation process is an opportunity for UT Tyler to enhance overall intuitional quality and effectiveness by focusing on enhancing global awareness,” said Dickerson, who also serves as the university’s SACS institutional liaison.

Beginning in fall 2010, at least 30 UT Tyler faculty will participate in professional development workshops to prepare them to redesign core courses for the GATE program.

“Faculty will also participate in professional learning communities to foster sharing, reflection and collegiality across programs,” Sterken added. “An additional 100 or more faculty will have the opportunity to participate in GATE development workshops.”

GATE’s total budget of almost $3 million over five years includes funding for personnel, faculty development, faculty and student travel, GATE Learning Communities, software, administrative costs and program assessment.  

For more information, contact Sterken, 903.565.5908 or rsterken@uttyler.edu or visit http://www.uttyler.edu/sacs2010/index.htm.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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