As quality is one of UWF's institutional values, quality enhancement is an idea strongly embraced by the institution. In fact, faculty and staff at UWF regularly find ways to improve teaching, learning, and the student experience. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is interested in evidence that the University is working to enhance student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplish the mission of the institution.
The current title for UWF's QEP2015 is Communication for Professional Success: Using High-Impact Practices to Improve Students' Written and Oral Communication. The QEP will link both oral/verbal and written communication skills with UWF high-impact practices and student preparation for subsequent professional goals, including graduate studies and/or entry into the public workforce or private industry.
As a requirement for reaffirmation of accreditation, developing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) provides UWF with the opportunity to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by showcasing one targeted quality enhancement effort that UWF considers vital to the long-term improvement of student learning. It is essential that the QEP has broad-based University input in the selection of the topic and be accepted by the University community as having important value for the University in enhancing student learning. UWF QEP Fellows, Dr. Karen Rasmussen and Dr. Jim Hurd, led the Topic Selection Team through this process. Topic submissions were accepted through Friday, April 19, 2013.
Subsequently, the Topic Selection Team reviewed the results of a campus survey seeking input on topic preference and specifics related to student learning outcomes and strategies. The outcome of facilitated group discussions in September and October 2013 was that QEP2015 will focus on enhancing student oral and written communication skills associated with professional preparation.