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ABOUT SHORTER UNIVERSITY'S QEP PLAN
What is a QEP, and why is it important?
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is the component of the accreditation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to the enhancement of the quality of higher education and to the proposition that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning.
By definition, the QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. The QEP should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existingprocess or from other processes related to the institution’s internalreaffirmation review. (QEP Handbook, 3)
How does Christ-Centered Critical Thinking support Shorter’s Mission and Educational Principles?
Our QEP focus, Christ-Centered Critical Thinking, evolved from broad-based involvement in chosen topic themes, from institutional research, and from a strong desire to fulfill Shorter University’s mission, as quoted below.
The Mission of Shorter University is to provide quality higher education, enabling and encouragingstudent commitment to active lifelong learning, personal spiritual values, responsible citizenship, and community and societal leadership in a global context.
The University seeks to accomplish this Mission through quality undergraduate liberal arts programs, specialized professional programs, and select graduate programs. Geographically distant locations and online classes provide educational opportunities to individuals who are unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The University affirms a commitment to the Christian faith and strives to integrate Christian values within a nurturing community within its whole process of education.
Philosophy for Christian Education
Shorter University is a Christ-centered liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence within the context of a biblical worldview. As a Christian university, Shorter is committed to keeping an emphasis upon a biblically sound, integrated, faith-based education that promotes a zeal for academic, spiritual, and professional growth. The educational process of teaching and learning involves the whole person, and Shorter is committed to the principle that all truth comes from God and finds its fullest expression in the person of Jesus Christ. Shorter University deeply cares about the academic and spiritual development of its students and believes that students should be challenged academically and spiritually to impact culture. By providing an educational process intent on transforming lives through Jesus Christ, Shorter University seeks to glorify God through students equipped for lifelong servant leadership.
Our Christ-Centered Critical Thinking QEP also meets all eight of our Educational Principles designed to fulfill the mission. Shorter University provides a curriculum and educational environment that:
Our learning objectives
Three learner outcomes were set, as follows:
Shorter University QEP Committee
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