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Partnering Academics and Community Engagement (PACE). Open Meetings Spring 2014. WHAT is a QEP ?. A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a statement of what we will be doing over the next five years to improve some aspect of student learning

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what is a qep
WHAT is a QEP ?
  • A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a statement of what we will be doing over the next five years to improve some aspect of student learning
  • Aligned with institutional objectives, planning, and priorities
  • Required for our reaffirmation of SACS Accreditation
our qep s focus
Our QEP’s Focus
  • Partnering Academics and Community Engagement (PACE)
    • Focus is on student engagement through community projects that enhance learning
    • Related to service learning
    • Projects will be level-appropriateand aligned specifically with course/curricular outcomes
      • Across the disciplines
      • Core through upper division
what s in it for students
“What’s in it for students?”
  • Enhanced critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Enhanced self efficacy, appreciation of diversity
  • Applications of higher-order thinking tasks
  • Increases in civic engagementand a sense of citizenship
  • Enhanced social responsibility
  • Concrete experience with disciplinary subject matter
what s in it for faculty
“What’s in it for faculty?”
  • Support for community engagement within courses
  • Training opportunities
    • Community Engagement Academy
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Professional Development Opportunities
    • Scholarship
    • Conference
    • Travel funds
action plan for pace
Action Plan for PACE

Our Action Plan for PACEstems from community engagement literature (Bringle & Hatcher, 1996):

  • Planning activities
  • Awareness activities
  • Prototype activities
  • Resource activities
  • Expansion activities
  • Research and Recognition activities
  • Monitoring and Evaluation activities
which classes and when
Which classes (and when)?
  • 5-year implementation (Fall 2014-Spring 2019)
  • Fall 2014
    • CSU 1022 sections
  • Spring 2015
    • Sections of selected Core classes
  • Fall 2015
    • Continue CSU 1022, Core, add Upper Division classes
  • Rest of 5-year rollout
    • Continue to expand and grow courses
but what else
But what else?
  • Student Mentor Teams/Team Leaders
    • Focused specifically on mentoring students in PACE courses
  • Community Engagement Conference
    • Midway through the 5 year rollout, host a regional Community Engagement Conference at Clayton State
    • Highlight the work that has been done in academic community
    • Students, faculty, and community partners present
  • Continued training and professional development
but what else1
But what else?
  • Merit Badges
    • To help students highlight and document course-related projects and experiences; merit badge can be received upon successful completion of a course project
  • Graduation recognition
    • 200 or more community service hours over their time at Clayton State, eligible for an additional honor at graduation
    • Hours can be earned in any verifiable fashion, including hours earned during community-engaged courses and those in the co-curricular transcript
permanent qep committees
“Permanent” QEP Committees
  • Implementation Committee
  • Data Committee
  • Advisory Board
  • Memberships on these bodies, with select exceptions, will rotate over the course of the five years of implementation in a staggered fashion to maintain institutional memory.
  • We need representation from students, staff, faculty, AND the community!
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