Assessment Plan for PSU Study Abroad and International Programs
Mission Statement: Study Abroad programs seek to promote a broad and interactive international perspective by engaging students in international activities.
Goal 1 : Students on PSU campus will have an active awareness of international opportunities available to them.
Objective 1 – Students will sign up for IKE
Objective 2 – Students will sign up to be/have a Pitt Pal
Objective 3 – Students will demonstrate awareness of study abroad opportunities
Objective 4 – Students will attend internationally themed programming events
Results (Obj. 1, 2 and 3) Results of 2012 survey (Obj. 3 and 4)
Goal 2: Students who participate in PSU study abroad programs will embrace global, multicultural perspectives.
Objective 1 – Students will demonstrate the knowledge to be able to travel independently.
Results of Pre-departure assessment and Returnee evaluation
Objective 2 – Students will accept cultural differences and tolerate cultural ambiguity.
Objective 3 –Students will demonstrate knowledge of the host’s culture (beliefs, values, perspectives, practices and products). May focus on business beliefs, values, perspectives, practices and products; educational beliefs, values, perspectives, practices and products; or technological beliefs, values, perspectives, practices and products.
Objective 4 – Students will demonstrate knowledge of global issues, processes, trends, and systems (may include global business issues, processes, trends, and systems; educational issues, processes, trends, and systems; or technological issues, processes, trends, and systems).
Objective 5 – Students will understand their culture in a global and comparative context—recognizing that their culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternative perceptions and behaviors may be based on cultural differences.
Objective 6 – Students will use a foreign language to communicate.
Objective 7 – Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the language, art, religion, philosophy, and material culture of different cultures.
(It is expected that students will achieve two or more of these learning outcomes, depending upon the program. These outcomes are adapted with permission from outcomes developed by Washington State University )