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Occasional Paper 30 - Internships, Integrative Learning and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP)


 

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Grose, A. W. (2017, July). Internships, Integrative Learning and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) (Occasional Paper No. 30). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

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In NILOA’s thirtieth occasional paper, author Alan Grose draws from initiatives such as the DQP and AAC&U's VALUE Rubrics to explore Integrative Learning as a framework for evaluating the learning associated with different internship learning pathways.

Paper Abstract

Internships are among the most beneficial of the out-of-classroom experiences designated as High-Impact Practices (HIPs). Yet, due to the diverse and unscripted nature of internship experiences, as well as the many different models for facilitating them, outcomes assessment practices are a long way from capturing the full power of internships as learning experiences. This paper draws upon the framework of the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) to sketch three different curricular pathways that the learning from internships might follow. This allows for mapping the specific learning outcomes expected in internships, as well as the identification of appropriate forms of evidence for documenting their achievement including evidence from intentionally designed assignments. Drawing on the DQP, and the VALUE Rubrics from the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the paper explores Integrative Learning as a framework for evaluating the learning associated with different internship learning pathways. It concludes with suggestions for collaboration on- and off-campus that can help facilitate meaningful learning though internship experiences.

Biography of the Author

Alan Grose is Senior Director of Academic Affairs at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Society for Experiential Education. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Furman University, M.A. in Philosophy and Social Policy from American University, and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York. He previously taught philosophy at Baruch College, CUNY and the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University.

 

 

 

 

 

The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) provides a baseline set of reference points for what students should know and be able to do to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In short, the DQP represents a comprehensive and ongoing effort to clearly define what postsecondary degrees should mean in terms of specific learning outcomes.

The link above presents a grid that lays out five domains of learning, along with proficiencies, by level of degree. Institutions and other organizations are encouraged to use this grid as they adopt the DQP to their particular needs.

The DQP Assignment Library provides a searchable online library of collegiate-level course assignments in a wide variety of academic disciplines that link to one or more proficiencies in the DQP.