The Interpreter Education Program’s strategic plan (2005-2010) encompasses the following areas: 1) Recruitment and Retention, 2) Program Development, 3) Research, 4) Technology, and 5) Partnerships and Collaborations.
Recruitment and Retention
Goal: To increase graduates by 10% over the 5-year period.
Accomplishment of this goal will involve activities that increase local, regional, and national program visibility. Locally, the program makes regular recruitment visits to Pulaski Technical College where ASL is offered. Faculty members are responsible for disseminating program information at all conferences and meetings attended and students are encouraged to participate in recruitment efforts within these venues. The new interstate partnership with Tulsa Community College will bring new students to the program and contribute to achievement of the increased graduation rate. Additional “2+2” collaborations are being explored. The program places a high priority on recruiting students from diverse ethnicities to the program and to the profession of interpreting.
Goal: To continue improvement of education program quality.
This goal requires an action plan that regularly evaluates curricula and methodologies for effectiveness. To this end, a Student Advisory Council and a Program Advisory Council were instituted in Spring 2006. The councils deliberate on ways to improve service delivery and ultimately, student satisfaction.
Goal: To mentor students in undergraduate research and expand research capabilities of faculty members.
Undergraduate Research is an optional course offered to select students on demand. In spring 2007, 5 students were involved in research project design, implementation, and result dissemination. All students participated in Human Subjects training and received certificates of completion. Four students participated in the university-wide Undergraduate Research Expo and submitted proposals to the Institutional Review Board prior to data collection. Students are encouraged to participate as lead authors in manuscript development for submission to refereed journals. Faculty members mentor students in research and are actively engaged in personal research projects. From 2005 – 2007, faculty members Ms. Carolyn Jolley, Dr. Sherry Shaw, and Ms. Linda K. Stauffer published 7 journal manuscripts.
Goal: To web-enhance 100% of the program courses to the maximum extent possible for each course’s content.
Between 2005-2007, all courses in the program were web-enhanced via WebCT 4.1 and CE Vista. Two courses have been taught totally online, and others are being developed using such technology as interactive video classrooms.
Partnerships and Collaborations
Goal: To maintain current partnerships and increase partnerships by 10%.
In 2007, UALR’s Interpreter Education Program formalized its agreement with Tulsa Community College to offer the Interpretation BA in the Tulsa vicinity. This is the first interstate collaboration for UALR with a community college and is an innovative approach to improving interpreter education opportunities in areas that do not otherwise have access to an advanced interpreting degree. UALR’s IEP also enjoys a research partnership and student-sharing relationship with the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria.