January 18, 2008
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SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS logoMore on the Quality Enhancement Plan

The QEP is a carefully designed and focused course of action for enhancing student learning. The QEP will be developed by representatives from the HSC community, supported by the institutional budget process and designed to meet emerging student learning needs. The QEP is “forward-looking” and turns the reaffirmation process into an ongoing activity, rather than a one-time event.

The first step in the process is to gather ideas for a QEP. Here’s where you come in. We want ideas from the entire HSC community – faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members…anyone. Right now we need your help to identify the broad issues or themes for the enhancement of student learning. These themes will provide a framework for the subsequent development of specific QEP project proposals. Examples of possible QEP themes are listed below.

Once a list of broad themes has been generated, the entire campus can rank them in terms of their importance to improving student learning. Then, after selecting the highest ranked themes, you can submit specific QEP project proposals that support one or more of our selected themes and represent a new initiative to improve student learning. A panel of administrators and stakeholders will select one or more of the proposals to be developed into the UNTHSC QEP and implemented in the Fall of 2010.

Send your ideas for QEP themes to QEP@hsc.unt.edu by Feb. 8.

Examples of QEP themes or issues may include, but are not limited to:

  • enhancing the academic climate for student learning
  • developing creative approaches to experiential learning
  • enhancing critical thinking skills
  • introducing innovative teaching and learning strategies
  • increasing student engagement in learning
  • exploring imaginative ways to use technology in the curriculum

Current HSC programs are good examples of QEP activities that address student learning needs, but keep in mind that the QEP must be a new program:

  • Administering core medical rotation subject exams to increase performance on national board exams
  • Implementing formal thesis and dissertation support groups to reduce the time from course completion to degree completion, as well as improve graduation and retention rates
  • Implementing graduate forums to improve performance and subject mastery for students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Implementing simulated patient rooms and medical demonstration manikins to improve clinical skills for medical and physician assistant students.
Find out more about SACS and QEPs on the SACS web site. Watch for the Daily News and Campus Connection for regular updates throughout our SACS reaffirmation process. UNTHSC end logo

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