Quality Enhancement Plan Topics Narrowed to Three

Posted: February 18, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Shannon Jacobsen

Mason is currently in the process of developing and selecting a topic for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a five-year plan that will significantly impact student learning and engage the entire Mason community.

This process provides Mason with the invaluable opportunity to identify and address a well-defined topic that will contribute to institutional improvement through the enhancement of student learning. It is a requirement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation process.

Last fall, the QEP Planning Committee began requesting proposals from the Mason community. In addition to the four proposals initially put forth, eight new proposals were presented by students, faculty and staff.

Based on the committee’s topic evaluation criteria and the constructive feedback received through e-mail and the QEP Café, the committee narrowed the topics down to three.

The top three topics are Cultivating Global Perspectives; Fostering a Culture of Student Scholarship; and Social Entrepreneurship: 21st-Century Leaders of Change. The committee invites everyone to learn more about each of these topics by visiting the QEP web site and clicking on the “News & Events” link at the top of the page.

Relevant themes and student learning outcomes from other proposals have been incorporated into the three topics, where possible.

These three topics will be developed into white papers through mid-March, at which time the committee will release a topic selection survey that will help determine Mason’s final QEP topic by the end of the spring semester.

To share feedback about the three topics or inquire about next steps, send an e-mail to qep@gmu.edu.

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