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Quality Enhancement Plan

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The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is the component of the accreditation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to the enhancement of the quality of higher education and to the proposition that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning. By definition, the QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. The QEP should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution’s internal reaffirmation review. 

Developing the QEP as a part of the reaffirmation process was an opportunity for the institution to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue or issues the institution considered important to improving student learning. Responding to this reaffirmation requirement has been an impetus for focusing critical and creative energy.

The University of Houston-Clear Lake has selected the following QEP topic: 
Applied Critical Thinking for Lifelong Learning and Adaptability (pdf)

Once the QEP is fully implemented, the majority of faculty who teach undergraduate courses within and across each of the schools of the university will:

  • Incorporate the best practices advocated by the Foundation for Critical Thinking for teaching ACT skills into one or more of their courses.
  • Incorporate ACT learning outcomes into one or more of their courses.
  • Identify best practices and learning outcomes on the course syllabi of the ACT courses they are teaching.
The key student learning outcomes of the QEP are:
  • Students will use curiosity to identify a particular problem or area of interest within a discipline.
  • Students will make connections to their particular issues or problems based upon evidence acquired by research methodologies and citation methods within the discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate through creativity through a divergent mental approach exploring original alternative views/solutions.
  • Students will communicate outcomes through writing and/or presentations.

 

Applied Critical Thinking for Lifelong Learning and Adaptability

What is the QEP? The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a major part of UHCL's re-accreditation process as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

What is the purpose of the QEP? The QEP is designed to enhance student learning of all UHCL students.

What is the topic of UHCL's QEP? Applied Critical Thinking for Lifelong Learning and Adaptability.

Why did UHCL choose the topic of Applied Critical Thinking? The topic is important to student success, has faculty support, and will strengthen critical thinking skills for all UHCL students.

What is critical thinking? Critical thinking is basically a higher level of thinking related to analyzing and evaluating information.

What do you mean by "applied"? We want students to think critically and apply that skill in everyday situations.

QLT   Committee 2016-2017

The QEP Leadership Team (QLT) provides oversight
of the implementation and ongoing evaluation of the
effort, modifying the initial design and implementation
when needed, reviewing and endorsing syllabi for
courses submitted for ACT (Applied Critical
Thinking) status, and planning, designing,
and implementing ACT workshops.
Current   Members
                                                                              
  Serving 
Since
Dr. Kathryn Matthew
Interim

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Spring
2017
Dr. Larry Kajs
QLT Co-Chair
Professor
College of Education
Spring
2012
Pat Cuchens
QLT Co-Chair
Executive Director
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Fall
2015
Dr. Troy Voelker
Associate Professor
College of Business
Fall
2012
Dr. Leroy Robinson
Associate Professor
College of Business
Fall
2016
Dr. Shreerekha Subramanian
Associate Professor
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Spring
2013
Dr. Amy Lucas
Assistant Professor
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Fall
2015
Dr. Randy Seevers
Associate Professor
College of Education
Spring
2012
Dr. Kwok-Bun Yue
Professor
College of Science and Engineering
Fall
2014
Dr. Soma Datta
Assistant Professor
College of Science and   Engineering
Fall
2016
Chris Callahan
Adjunct Faculty
College of Education
Fall
2012
Dr. Sandra Browning
Faculty Senate
Associate Professor
College of Education
Fall
2015
Susan Steele
Neumann Library
Coordinator, Library Instruction Services
Spring
2012
Dr. Angela Kelling, PASA
Sr Research Analyst
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Spring
2017
Annette Mendoza, SSA
Senior Secretary
College of Education
Spring
2017 
Daniela Vazquez Klisans
Student Representative
Spring
2017 

 

QEP Staff

 Pat Cuchens
Executive Director,
 Planning & Assessment
281-283-3065
cuchens@uhcl.edu

Cecelia Croft
Institutional Research Specialist
281-283-3046
croft@uhcl.edu

Last updated: 02/09/2017 UTC
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