The International Critical Thinking (IntCRIT) and International Communication (IntCOMM) Surveys

The International Critical Thinking (IntCRIT) and International Communication (IntCOMM) surveys arose from the University of Florida’s 2014-19 institutional initiative to improve internationalization efforts. When a review of data from various sources revealed that student engagement in international activities and courses had declined since 2009, an Internationalization Task Force (ITF) of faculty, administration, staff, and students was convened to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to address this decline and to meet the accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

This initiative, titled Learning without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation, was the foundation for an institution-wide effort that directly addressed specific areas for improvement. A significant component of this plan was the assessment process that would reveal the effectiveness of the plan at raising the impact and importance of international study and activity at the university.

The IntCRIT and IntCOMM Survey Instrument

The ITF developed three student learning outcomes – one each in content, communication, and critical thinking. The faculty led the assessment of content within their courses. After a review of seven commercially available measures of global beliefs and attitudes (University of Florida, 2014, p. 32), the ITF decided that we should develop our own instruments to measure student beliefs and attitudes. The assessment of communication and critical thinking took the form of the surveys in this document.

The IntCRIT and IntCOMM surveys were developed by Dr. Timothy J. Wilson (2014) under the guidance of Dr. M. David Miller, Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology. After two pilot administrations and subsequent analysis, 26 items with the highest discrimination levels were selected to comprise the survey. The 12 IntCRIT item discriminations ranged from .612-.696 (reliability = .90). The 14 IntCOMM item discriminations ranged from .538-.692 (reliability = .90).

We are pleased to share these surveys and approve your use of these instruments. If you do use these, please credit the surveys as follows:

University of Florida. (2014). The International Critical Thinking (IntCRIT) and International Communication (IntCOMM) scales. Used by permission.