Global Baylor: Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing

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Global Baylor:

Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing

Quality Enhancement Plan

15 December 2016

Baylor University

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 4

Introduction 4

University Mission & Strategic Plan 5

Topic Selection 6

Global Baylor: Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing 10

Background 10

Defining Student Learning Outcomes 10

Action Plan: Initiatives 11

Global Challenges 12

Enhanced International Travel Experiences 13

Diversity Abroad 14

Global Baylor 19

Institutional Capacity 20

Budget 22

Categorical Expenses 22

Summary Budget 23

QEP Assessment Plan 24

QEP Logic Model 26

References 38

Appendices 43

Appendix A: Baylor University Mission Statement 43

Appendix B: Baylor University QEP Working Group 43

Appendix C: QEP Working Group Draft Proposal 43

Appendix D: Baylor University QEP Steering Committee 45

Appendix E: Certificate in Global Engagement 46

Appendix F: Sample Syllabi for GBL 1101, 1102, 1103 48

Appendix G: Expanded QEP Timeline 62

Appendix H: Global Awareness, Responsibility, and Engagement Guideposts 63

Appendix I: Examples of Direct and Indirect Measures of Learning 65

Appendix J: QEP Organizational Chart 66

Executive Summary

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for Baylor University, Global Baylor: Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing, seeks to prepare students to live in an increasingly global community where challenges to human flourishing – in health, in economic opportunity, in political and religious freedom, and indeed in all areas of human existence – are of paramount concern. Through this QEP we will create a campus-wide awareness of critical human concerns and nurture a commitment to seeking solutions to them.

The QEP contains four interrelated initiatives that are designed to foster identified student learning outcomes: Global Challenges, Enhanced International Travel Experiences, Diversity Abroad, and Global Baylor. Global Challenges will introduce students to the concept of global equity and human flourishing within the context of a particular global issue. Beginning in 2017 and for the following three years, this challenge will be global health, a global challenge that cuts across all academic disciplines and invites participation from the entire Baylor University community. By maintaining the focus on global health through four years, students will have an extended opportunity to work individually and collectively to deepen their understanding of how health issues impact all of human society throughout their time at Baylor. As one avenue to develop greater student awareness and engagement with global challenges, we will provide students with the opportunity to earn a certificate in global engagement. Enhanced International Travel Experiences will see us provide new and expanded opportunities for student travel through both study abroad and missions, with more intentional focus on attainment of established student learning outcomes associated with their international travel. We will continue to develop current strategic partnerships as well as seek new global destinations and partners to serve increasing numbers of students from across all disciplines. Diversity Abroad will undertake efforts to make international opportunities more readily available to students of color, first generation students, and students from other diverse or underrepresented backgrounds so that they can benefit from the invaluable learning outcomes associated with international education. Finally, Global Baylor will coordinate events and activities across campus and beyond to maintain our community focus on global challenges and to celebrate our responses to these issues through student, staff, and faculty research and engagement.


Baylor University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is titled Global Baylor: Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing. Our goal is to foster an awareness of and engagement with the many global challenges facing our community and the world: challenges that impede the human flourishing that is in accordance with a Christian understanding of human dignity, and challenges that threaten the equity of opportunity required for a just world. We will initially focus on global health issues. Through our four initiatives we expect to see measurable increases in the numbers of students from all backgrounds participating in global activities including study abroad and mission trips, a new certificate program in Global Engagement, and a variety of campus-based events. This QEP is consistent with, and will help to advance, both the mission and strategic vision of the university.

Pro Futuris Aspirational Statement I: Transformational Education

Baylor will be a community recognized for Transformational Education…where academic excellence and life-changing experiences ignite leadership potential that increases our students’ desire for wisdom, understanding of calling, and preparation for service in a diverse and interconnected global society.

Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, Baylor University is the oldest continually-operating university in Texas. The main campus of Baylor University is located on approximately 1,000 acres along the Brazos River in Waco, Texas. The university offers some 142 undergraduate degree programs as well as 75 master’s and 41 doctoral programs. Along with students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, we also welcome international students and scholars from more than 70 countries. The university also has other facilities spread throughout the state of Texas—the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, executive MBA programs in Dallas and Austin, and a branch of the Diana Garland School of Social Work in Houston.

Baylor University is committed to transformational education, compelling scholarship, informed engagement, committed constituents, and judicious stewardship through our current strategic plan, Pro Futuris. Each of these emphases can be advanced through enhancements to global engagement, and thus our QEP builds upon existing university priorities to reach a greater number of students through a variety of initiatives that will enhance the quality not only of their educations but their lives and vocations.

Our QEP is designed to address global engagement through four initiatives:

  • Global Challenges – This initiative will set the stage for a campus-wide conversation around global challenges and the theme of global equity and human flourishing explored from various perspectives, and initially finding a focus in global health issues. It will also introduce a new certificate program in global engagement, in which students will pursue both curricular and co-curricular learning in order to enrich their academic experience. Successful completion of the certificate program will be noted on student transcripts.

  • Enhanced International Travel Experiences – This initiative will develop new opportunities to enhance student learning in the context of study abroad and international missions, enabling more students to benefit from these programs.

  • Diversity Abroad – This initiative will reduce barriers to participation in international education for students of color, first-generation students, and other students from diverse backgrounds by providing additional scholarship support and institutional resources.

  • Global Baylor – This initiative will involve coordinating events and activities across campus and beyond to maintain our community focus on global challenges and to celebrate our contributions to solutions to those issues through student, staff, and faculty research and engagement.

University Mission & Strategic Plan

Pro Futuris Aspirational Statement II: Compelling Scholarship

Baylor will be a community recognized for Compelling Scholarship… where research discoveries illuminate solutions to significant challenges confronting our world and where creative endeavors reflect the breadth of God’s creation.

The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Baylor is both the state’s oldest continually-operating institution of higher learning and the world’s largest Baptist university. Established to be a servant of the church and of society, Baylor seeks to fulfill its calling through excellence in teaching and research and in scholarship and publication, both local and global. The vision of its founders and the ongoing commitment of generations of students and scholars are reflected in the motto inscribed on the Baylor seal: Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana – For the Church, For Texas. In the 21st century we take this motto to have even broader meaning: For the Church, For the World.

Pro Futuris Aspirational Statement III: Informed Engagement

Baylor will be a community recognized for Informed Engagement… where our Christian faith, in conjunction with our expertise and resources, inspires a desire to address systemic problems facing our community, both local and global, and renews our dedication to improvement of self and service to others.

In May 2012, the Baylor University Board of Regents adopted a new strategic vision to guide the university through the next decade. Constructed around five high-level Aspirational Statements that provide a blueprint for the University's future course, Pro Futuris enjoins us to pursue Transformational Education, Compelling Scholarship, Informed Engagement, Committed Constituents, and Judicious Stewardship. With a clear understanding of our desired destination, the University leadership began to take essential steps to realize our ambitious vision.

Baylor University remains a place where the Lordship of Jesus Christ is embraced, studied, and celebrated. We love God with our heart, so we are compelled to care for one another and to address the challenges of our hurting world. We love God with our soul, so we are called to worship Him and to serve Him in pursuing His church. We love God with our mind, so we are called to instruction, research, scholarship, and creative endeavors that truth may be discovered and disseminated, beauty revealed, and goodness honored.

As articulated in its mission, Baylor endeavors "to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community" - a mission further illustrated through the University's foundational assumptions, core convictions, and unifying academic themes. These commitments motivated the founding of Baylor in 1845 and have guided the university at every point in its history. Together with Baylor's motto, Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana, they continue to define Baylor's exceptional character, purpose, and vocation in the world of higher education.

Topic Selection and Development Process

Global engagement emerged as a recurrent theme throughout the broad-based strategic planning process that preceded development of the University’s strategic vision, Pro Futuris. That planning process is outlined below.

October 2010: Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Davis issued Envisioning Our Future, an invitation to “an open, public, and civil dialogue of Baylor’s future.” It established a framework for the discussion drawn directly from the University’s mission statement and posed questions to stimulate dialogue.
December 2010 – April 2011: A broad range of constituents provided input to inform the direction of the University’s strategic plan. On-campus discussion took place within departments, schools, administrative units, and student organizations, as well as in multi-disciplinary groups. A total of 164 campus groups submitted reports summarizing their ideas. Alumni and other off-campus constituents were invited to share insight and ideas through 19 community input sessions held across the state and nation. Additionally, individual submissions were invited via the strategic planning website. A total of 704 alumni and friends attended community input sessions, and 299 individuals submitted recommendations to the website.
January – June 2011: A Strategic Themes Committee composed of faculty, staff, and students was charged with synthesizing and analyzing all of the input received, culminating in the Strategic Input Report. The report outlined the process the committee followed in identifying major themes that emerged from the data, as well as a number of sub-themes that appeared across themes. Global engagement appeared as a sub-theme in four of the 12 overarching themes – Curriculum, Learning Environment, Community Engagement, and Stakeholder Diversity. Both on-campus and off-campus constituents identified the need to enhance students’ global awareness through the core curriculum and to increase opportunities for experiential learning through study abroad and international mission trips.
July – December 2011: The Executive Council and Board of Regents reviewed the Strategic Input Report and prepared an initial draft of a new strategic vision based on its key themes.
January – March 2012: Constituents submitted feedback on the draft strategic vision, and the Feedback Review Working Group revised the draft to reflect the suggested changes.
May 2012: The Board of Regents of Baylor University approved the new strategic vision, Pro Futuris.
August 2012: Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Davis created a Task Force on Global Education to assess the various elements of international engagement currently being pursued at Baylor and to recommend strategies based on its findings for realizing the aspirations for intercultural understanding and global engagement articulated in Pro Futuris.
May 2013: The Task Force on Global Education submitted its Report and Recommendations, which included hiring a Vice Provost for Global Engagement to lead an expanded Center for Global Engagement, increasing student participation rates in study abroad and global missions, recruiting more international students, and infusing the curriculum with international components. The Task Force also suggested a focus on global engagement for Baylor’s next QEP.
August 2013-April 2014: A committee of faculty and staff conducted an international search for a Vice Provost of Global Engagement, considering over 200 prospects for the position.
August 2014: Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton was named Interim Vice Provost for Global Engagement. He began reconfiguring the Center for International Education to align with the task force’s recommendations as approved by the provost.
Fall 2014: Baylor’s Council of Deans discussed possible topics for Baylor’s 2017 QEP stemming from the strategic visioning exercise, including global engagement. These discussions were then continued at the college and department level through 2014-15.
January 2015: Dr. Hamilton was named Vice Provost for Global Engagement. He held an initial meeting with the provost’s chief of staff (who spearheaded the 2007 QEP), the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness (who is also Baylor’s SACSCOC Liaison), and the Director of Assessment and Compliance to discuss the potential for a QEP focused on global engagement.
Spring 2015: Baylor’s Council of Deans, having solicited input from faculty through department chairs throughout 2014-15, recommended global engagement as the theme for the 2017 QEP to Interim Provost David Garland.
September 2015: Executive Vice President and Provost Ed Trevathan named a working group of faculty, staff, and students representing constituencies from all areas of the university to lead the QEP planning effort.1 The working group was charged with developing a QEP that supports the aspirations of Pro Futuris for enhancing Baylor’s global engagement efforts. Working in committees and jointly throughout Fall semester 2015, the working group developed an outline for the QEP tentatively titled “Engaging the Global Future.”2
January 2016: Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Todd Still, appointed a Steering Committee to develop the proposed QEP into a fully developed draft.3 This Steering Committee worked in sub-committees and jointly throughout the Spring semester of 2016 to develop the QEP, GLOBAL BAYLOR: ADDRESSING CHALLENGES TO HUMAN FLOURISHING, which is the subject of this document. An initial draft was presented to the Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. L. Gregory Jones, on 12 May 2016.

June – August 2016: Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. L. Gregory Jones invited comment on the draft QEP from the Baylor community, providing a link to both the draft and a response site, to all Baylor faculty, staff, and students. The site was also available to alumni and any other constituents.

August – October 2016: The QEP Steering Committee returned to work, revising the draft based on feedback received, and developing more details of how the QEP would be implemented.

October 2016: A penultimate draft of the QEP was submitted to Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. L. Gregory Jones, for review and comment.

December 2016: Final draft of the QEP was submitted to Executive Vice President and Vice Provost, Dr. L. Gregory Jones, for approval and submission to SACSCOC.

Global Baylor: Addressing Challenges to Human Flourishing

Background: International Education and Global Engagement

International Education has a long history at Baylor University. International students have enrolled at Baylor since the 1920s, and several of our formal exchange programs stretch back for nearly half a century: Baylor has been sending students to Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan, and receiving theirs in return, since 1973, and our exchange with Hong Kong Baptist University dates to the same period. Exchange agreements are now in place with universities on all habitable continents, and the university has developed a wide range of faculty-led study abroad programs. In the early 1990s Baylor established a Center for International Education to oversee both study abroad and international students, which is now the Center for Global Engagement. In 2015-16 Baylor sent nearly 800 students abroad for academic studies and another 400 on international mission trips.

The importance of international education and global engagement cannot be overstated. Students can acquire a broad set of cultural skills, attitudes, and behaviors through international experiences that allow them better to understand themselves, while at the same time developing the qualities being sought by employers in the 21st century both here in the United States and around the world. It is imperative that our graduates be provided with appropriate tools to flourish in a global society.

International study has sometimes been perceived as non-essential or even an obstacle to student success in terms of time to graduation. However, there is empirical data showing that students participating in study abroad do not typically graduate any later than other students. In fact, there is some evidence that the opposite is true (Indiana University, 2009; St. Mary’s College of Institutional Research, 2009; Hamir, 2011).

It is also not the case that certain majors or certain types of students are more suited to international education (Vande Berg, Paige, and Lou, 2012; Root and Ngampornchai, 2013; Tarrant, Rubin and Sonor, 2014). The skills, attitudes, and behaviors acquired through international educational experiences are fundamental to success in the 21st-century global economy regardless of professional specialization, and are equally important in the development of a fully formed spiritual, moral, and intellectual character.

Defining Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes (PLOs) specify what is expected of students in a program. These are separate from course learning outcomes or university-level learning outcomes, although all three levels of learning outcomes should work together and complement each other. The PLOs selected for this QEP are: Self-Awareness, Cultural Knowledge, Responsibility, and Engagement. These are defined in Table 1.

Table 1. QEP Program Learning Outcomes

Learning Goals

Program Learning Outcomes


Students in this program will be able to identify unique characteristics of their own culture.

Cultural Knowledge

Students in this program will be able to understand, analyze, and explain important facets of cultures other than their own.


Students in this program will be able to evaluate the ethical, social, technological, and environmental consequences of actions at the local, regional, national, and international levels.


Students in this program will be able to create a plan for contributing to solutions to global challenges.

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