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Frequently Asked Question about the QEP...

What is the title of AAMU's QEP?

Enhancing Students' Critical Thinking

What are the specific goals of AAMU's QEP?

Goal 1: To enhance students' ability to analyze information.

Goal 2: To enhance students' ability to evaluate information.

Goal 3: To enhance students' ability to synthesize information.

Goal 4: To enhance faculty use of critical thinking pedagogy through the design of

              instructional approaches and assessments.

How will AAMU's QEP inprove students' learning?

SLO 1.1: Students will be able to identify the significant issue, concept, problem or

                argument in information.       

SLO 1.2: Students will be able to differentiate between implicit and explicit 

                assumptions.

SLO 2.1: Students will be able to distinguish whether information reaches a logical

                 conclusion.

SLO 3.1: Students will be able to formulate a position and support it with evidence 

                from multiple sources.

How will students learning be assessed?

  • Standardized tests: Proficiency Profile, Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT).
  • Class embedded assessments: Biology, history and physical science will use test that contain questions to specifically test critical thinking in that discipline. Art,  English, economics, math and music will use writing artifacts scored using an established rubric.

 

Does AAMU's QEP include specific activities for faculty?

Faculty will be able to participate in workshops designed to facilitate understanding and

use of critical thinking pedagogy. Some of these will be presentations which feature

live speakers as with the January 2014 presentation at the Faculty/Staff Conference and

the February in-depth workshop by the Critical Thinking Organization. Other work-

shops will be recorded presentations by various speakers. Resources that discuss

general information and specific aids are in the LRC for all faculty to use.  The Teach-

ing and Learning Community was developed with the first pilot course and is open to

all interested faculty every semester.

How will AAMU support the successful implementation and continuation of the QEP?

The QEP Implementation Team will support the ongoing development of the QEP. A

five-year budget containing projections for personnel, faculty release, instructional

materials, marketing and promotion, consultants, office supplies and travel was de-

veloped. The University will use existing physical resources and commit new funds to

ensure that the QEP is sustained over the five-year period.

What process was used to select and develop AAMU's QEP?

In fall 2011, discussions were initiated with faculty and staff and the QEP Steering

Commmittee was formed. Surveys, focus groups, and continued discussion that includ-

ed students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and local and regional employers worked to

determine the focus of the QEP. After narrowing the topics in 2012, the Steering

Committee determined that the focus would be critical thinking, which had emerged as

the top choice. In August 2012, the critical thinking QEP focus was presented at the

Faculty/Staff Conference. The QEP Design Team researched and worked to develop

the plan.  The first draft was completed in June 2013; revisions continued through fall

2013. In February 2014, the final draft was submitted to Southern Association of

Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

When will AAMU's QEP begin?

Pilot courses started in fall 2013 and will continue through fall 2014. The QEP was

submitted to SACS February 2014 and the SACSCOC on-site review will be March 25

-27, 2014. The final decision on the QEP will be made by SACSCOC in fall

2014. After final approval by SACSCOC, the QEP will be fully implemented in

spring 2015.