The Core Foundation for Cooperative Learning and Peer Accountability, authored by Wesley Kisting, assistant professor of English, has been selected as the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
The QEP is an integral part of the SACS reaffirmation process. It provides an opportunity to enhance the overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue that the university considers important to improving student learning.
According to Kisting, his proposal will target student deficiencies in basic academic preparedness, applied academic skills, communication skills, and critical thinking. Kisting states that a few modest refinements to teaching in the core will establish a more efficient, multi-disciplinary climate of cooperation and reinforcement across Areas A-E and equip students with a strong foundation of knowledge about major human issues and primary texts. This approach will provide greater clarity about what every student exiting the core may reasonably be expected to know. It also will better prepare students for higher-order thinking.
Kisting’s proposal for the QEP was selected from the top three proposals previously submitted by faculty, and it followed a series of campus forums to acquaint faculty and staff with the particulars of the proposals. The other proposals in the top three were Enhancing and Formalizing Discipline Specific Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Inquiry-based Learning submitted by Melissa Ziegler-Furman and Year Two Jag Seminar by Wendy Turner.
After the three finalists presented their proposals, the final selection process was completed by the QEP Selection Committee which consisted of members of the President’s Cabinet, University Council, and the Faculty Policies Committee.
To view Kisting’s proposal, visit www.aug.edu/institutional_effectiveness/qep_r2_props.html/. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at 706-729-2040.