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Guilford College's Next Quality Enhancement Plan

Guilford's accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, requires that each school in the association submit a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) when applying for reaffirmation of accreditation. Guilford will be applying for reaffirmation of accreditation in a few years and we are now in the beginning stages of selecting a QEP.

Background and Supporting Documentation for the February 4, 2015 Faculty Meeting

Forums to discuss possible topics for the next QEP

"Faculty" Forum: 17 September 2014, 3:45 - 5:15 pm, Bauman West Gallery of Founders Hall

Community Senate: 22 September 2014, 7:00 - 7:45 pm, Boren Lounge of Founders Hall

Student Government Association: 29 October  2014, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Hendricks Hall Lounge

Open Community Form: 19 November 2014, 3:45 - 5:15 pm, West Gallery of Founders

 

At the Open Community Forum on 19 November, people requested that they see some more "skeleton" plans associated with the proposed QEP topics that were being discussed. These documents represent some possible models for a few QEP topics.  Other such examples will be forthcoming.  If anyone is interested in submitting such a sample model for a QEP, please email Steve Shapiro (sshapiro@guilford.edu).  Remember, of course, we are only selecting a topic for the next QEP; later we will discuss the development of the QEP topic.
 
If you have comments about these ideas or anything else about the QEP, you are always welcome to provide them on the Moon Room site (http://moonrm.com/?page_id=132).

 

Proposed Final Candidates for QEP II Topic

The Ad hoc Committee has reviewed the comments and suggestions gathered from the various physical and virtual forums that we have had this fall.  The committee believes that all suggested topics would greatly benefit student learning.  But, since we can have only one QEP – and this QEP needs to be doable, assessable, sustainable, and focused – the committee has narrowed down the list of possible topics to four proposed “finalists”  listed below – in alphabetical order.

1.Creative Works / Undergraduate Research

2.Experiential Learning

3.Oral Communication

4.Quantitative Literacy / Quantitative Reasoning

The Ad hoc Committee to Select the Topic for Guilford’s next Quality Enhancement Plan has included a few thoughts associated with each proposed finalist to help initiate a broader conversation at an Open Community forum on Wednesday 19 November.  The community is also welcome to submit comments on the web at 

<http://moonrm.com/?page_id=132>.

 

Questionnaire

Student learning is the heart and soul of the QEP. Simply put, the QEP is Guilford’s homegrown plan to devote a measure of our talent, energy and resources to improve an aspect of student learning that we find meaningful given our mission, visions and values, our understanding of the current state of student learning and our vision of what we would like our students to know or do in the future. It is a forward looking opportunity to do something positive for student learning and, in that sense, the QEP is in keeping with Guilford’s longstanding commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.

Topic Groupings- Updated November 5, 2014

The QEP topic selection group has taken the suggested topics that it has received as of August 21, 2014 and grouped them into categories (see below).  We will continue to accept suggested topics throughout the summer and expect to have open forums to discuss these ideas in the fall semester.  Please direct questions/comments/suggestions to Steve Shapiro (sshapiro@guilford.edu). This file contains the details associated with each submitted idea organized by "category" (see list of categories below).

 
1. Literacy
  • Diversity/cultural literacy
  • Global literacy 
  • Information literacy
  • Quantitative literacy
 
2. Learning / Teaching Modalities
  • Experiential learning
  • Innovative pedagogies/active learning
  • Technology across the curriculum
 
3. Curriculum: Thinking / Communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Oral Communication
  • Reading (written, aural, visual)
  • Writing across the curriculum (former QEP)

 

4. Principled problem-solving (Climate Change)

 

5. Wellness

 
6. Entrepreneurship

Prospective Topics - updated 4/3/14

The QEP Topic Selection Committee are posting these submitted "titles" so that the community can be kept informed of the ideas that have been submitted.  The ordering of these proposed ideas is in reverse chronological order based on the time of submission.  We remain in the community-wide brainstorming phase so we have not posted the detailed description of any submitted idea.  Later, when we discuss these ideas, we will provide more detailed information about them. We will update this list periodically.

Collaboration is the skill that ties all other skills together

Enhancing instruction through technology

Technology Engagement Across the Curriculum

Experiential Learning/Civic Engagement

Inclusive Excellence through Cultural Literacy and Universal Design in Instruction

Equality in all things

How We Read

Engaged Learning: This QEP goal would enhance student learning by providing students with a range of opportunities to link theory with practice through experiential learning.

Learning through Diversity

Enhance student mobility across cultural, professional and academic spaces

Experiential Learning

Creation of student run businesses that incorporate opportunities for students in various disciplines

Enhance Experiential Learning in the Curriculum

Enhancing student wellness -- physical, mental / emotional, religious / spiritual, financial, ecological, etc.!

The Classroom is Everywhere: Developing Innovative Pedagogies and Rethinking Learning Spaces

Active learning in the classroom

Enhancing quantitative / analytical skills

Creating real world work opportunities for students

Enhancing public speaking

Enhancing understanding of climate change

Continuing to enhance, “Writing Across the Majors”

Enhancing undergraduate research

Enhancing understanding by faculty of CCE students’ non-academic responsibilities

Preparing students for an interconnected global community

Enhancing analytical reading

Enhancing critical thinking

Integrating international education throughout the curriculum

Developing information literacy as a habit of mind.

Enhancing understanding of globalization and cultural diversity

Implementing universal design for learning

Enhancing Instruction through Technology

General Education revision as the QEP