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SACS Certified Training. Critical Thinking is Mission Critical!. Objectives. Staff will be able to: Answer prospective questions from the SACS on-site team. Describe the importance of SACS to the college. Describe the two main elements of the accreditation process.

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sacs certified training

SACS Certified Training

Critical Thinking is Mission Critical!

  • Staff will be able to:
    • Answer prospective questions from the SACS on-site team.
      • Describe the importance of SACS to the college.
      • Describe the two main elements of the accreditation process.
      • Identify the focus of the QEP. Describe:
        • How it was chosen.
        • Why it was chosen.
        • What impact we expect on student learning.
      • Identify their role in supporting the QEP.
agenda for today
Agenda for today
  • SACS 101
  • Details of the Quality Enhancement Plan
  • Small group activities
    • Discuss prospective questions from SACS
    • Review for the Jeopardy Quiz
  • Jeopardy Quiz
sacs 101
SACS 101
  • Compliance
    • Document
    • Evidence
    • Off-site team report
    • Finalized by the on-site team (25-27 Sep)
  • Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
    • Development of the plan
    • The plan
    • Review by the on-site team (25-27 Sep)
    • Implementation of the plan
    • Five-year Report
overview of the qep
Overview of the QEP
  • Focus of the Plan: Critical Thinking
  • Broad-based Involvement
  • The Plan
    • Initiatives
      • Student Success
      • Professional Development
      • Critical Thinking Resources
    • Rollout
  • Assessment
  • Institutional Capability
what is critical thinking
What is Critical Thinking?

CRITICAL THINKING is the active and systematic process of

  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluation
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Reflection

both individually and in communityto

  • Foster understanding
  • Support sound decision-making and
  • Guide action
why is critical thinking important to employers
Why is critical thinking important to employers?
  • Employers are looking for people who can deal effectively with any situation at work:
    • Can you solve problems?
    • Can you analyze situations?
    • Can you make good decisions (based on data, not feelings)?
why is critical thinking important to society
Why is critical thinking important to society?
  • Failure in critical thinking are disastrous
    • Space Shuttle Columbia
    • Levee construction in New Orleans
  • Faulty critical thinking can lead to wrong conclusions
    • Biased polls adversely affect public opinion
    • Urban myths
      • Enormous alligators inhabit New York City's sewer system. Adopted as babies by New Yorkers visiting Florida, they are brought home and then flushed down the toilet once their owners tire of them.
why is critical thinking important to student learning
Why is critical thinking important to student learning?
  • College-level learning is deeper than memorizing facts:
    • Science – analyzing results of experiments in light of existing theories
    • Math – selecting appropriate problem-solving strategy for word problems
    • Humanities – putting literature and art into historical context
    • Health fields – making decisions in clinical settings
    • Communications – debate; persuasive writing
    • Criminal justice/fire science – reacting correctly to simulations
    • Political science/sociology – analyzing others’ points of view
students what s in it for me
Students’ What’s in it for me?
  • Critical thinking in the world of work
    • Medical – evaluating patients’ symptoms
    • Technology – problem-solving software/engineering solutions
    • Counter-terrorism – synthesizing intelligence to predict future events
    • Criminal justice/fire science – analyzing the scene – whodunit?
    • Government – solving problems like hurricane relief
    • Education – reflecting on student success resulting from your teaching
    • Business – analyzing information to detect trends; ethical decisions
    • Journalism – communicating fairly
students what s in it for me continued
Students’ What’s in it for me? (continued)
  • Critical thinking in everyday life:
    • How should I prepare for a hurricane? Should I evacuate?
    • What is the safest way to travel?
    • What is the slant of a news story?
    • What are my real chances of winning the lottery?
    • Why is my good friend angry at me?
    • What questions should I ask myself and my partner before getting married?
    • Which phone company plan is best for my needs?
Student Success Initiative

Professional Development Initiative

Critical Thinking Resources Initiative

Details of the QEP

QEP Icon

personnel and institutional support




Faculty Chair


Faculty Champions

Academic Roundtables

QEP Staff

QEP Director

QEP Technology Coordinator

QEP Assessment Coordinator


SPD IE Library Student Activities Collaborative Lab

Enhancing STUDENT LEARNING by focusing on


Personnel and Institutional Support
what s next
What’s next?

September 25-27: SACS On-Site Reaffirmation visit

    • What to expect

Fall 2007

    • QEP Awareness
    • Select Faculty champions and QEP staff
    • ePortfolio, gateway website, Critical Thinking Resource Centers started
    • Prepare/schedule professional development, rubric
  • Spring 2008
    • Critical Thinking Institute
    • Academic Roundtables
    • Develop instructional portfolios and RLOs
  • Fall 2008
    • Critical thinking activities in the classroom
    • Student programs
small group sessions
Small group sessions
  • Form into groups – sit with your department, if possible
    • Part 1. Discussion: Talk about how you would answer the prospective questions from the SACS team (next slide)
    • Part 2. Review for the “quiz”: Discuss what questions might be on a Jeopardy Quiz on the QEP
  • You have 15 minutes
    • 10 minutes to discuss prospective SACS questions
    • 5 minutes to discuss potential Jeopardy questions
  • Goal: Prepare for SACS interviews
prospective sacs questions for staff
Prospective SACS Questions for staff
  • Why was critical thinking chosen as the focus of the QEP?
  • How will students benefit from the QEP?
  • How will the QEP enhance student learning?
  • Why is the plan described by the QEP needed?
  • What was your specific involvement in the QEP’s development and implementation?
  • What is your role in helping students think critically?