Staff Forum Invitation

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee invites all staff members of the St. Edward’s University community to participate in a round table discussion. Since Spring 2015, the 16-person committee has been meeting to select and develop a QEP topic, write the enhancement plan, and recently presented to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Community feedback collected at these events will focus our course of action for enhancing student learning over the next 5 years.

You are invited to attend one of the upcoming sessions:

  • May 22, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Mabee Ballroom A / Lunch provided
  • May 25, 3:30 – 5 p.m. / Mabee Ballroom A / Wine and appetizers provided

Each forum will feature a short information presentation followed by breakout discussions. Your questions, ideas and insights are welcomed. Please register to attend at http://ow.ly/5tOC30bEnWK, as food will be provided during each session.

If you cannot attend a session, please complete the anonymous online survey at http://ow.ly/uCDP30bcCwo. The QEP Committee will review and consider all community input before finalizing the QEP report and related activities.

More information about the QEP may be found online at http://ow.ly/trjS30be8F8.

Info: Nicole Trevino, Associate Vice President for Academic Services, 512-428-1037

Seeking Input on Revised QEP Framework

Help define and refine our QEP–scroll down for a link to a survey and a list of our open questions.

QEP Background

The QEP’s original focus on Vocation, “Discovering One’s Purpose in a Changing World,” was determined to be too large by the SACSCOC On-Site Reaffirmation Committee. They felt we had too many wide-ranging activities and left vocation too nebulous to be successfully assessed. They suggested that we narrow our focus to “career and life planning” based on their findings from our written report and the interviews they conducted with both students and faculty.

With this suggested focus in mind, the QEP Interim Implementation Team has created an initial framework to guide the redevelopment of goals and SLOs. We would like students to learn about the process of career and life planning as opposed to an emphasis on getting jobs. We feel this is more in line with our liberal arts and Holy Cross approach to education.

Community Input Needed

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Faculty Forum Invitation

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee invites all faculty members of the St. Edward’s University community to participate in a round table discussion. Since Spring 2015, the 16-person committee has been meeting to select and develop a QEP topic, write the enhancement plan, and recently presented to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Community feedback collected at these events will focus our course of action for enhancing student learning over the next 5 years.

You are invited to attend one of the upcoming sessions:

  • May 1, 12 – 1:15 p.m. / Maloney Room, Main Building / Faculty Forum 1 with box lunch
  • May 4, 4 – 5:15 p.m./ Fleck 305/ Faculty Forum 2 with hors d’oeuvres

Each round table will feature a short information presentation followed by breakout discussions. Your questions, ideas and insights are welcomed. Please register to attend, as food will be provided during each session.

If you cannot attend a session, please complete the anonymous online survey. The QEP Committee will review and consider all community input before finalizing the QEP report and related activities.

Student Forum Invitation

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Student Forum Invitation

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee invites all St. Edward’s University students to participate in a round table discussion. Since Spring 2015, the 16-person committee has been meeting to select and develop a QEP topic, write the enhancement plan, and recently presented to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Community feedback collected at these events will focus our course of action for enhancing student learning over the next 5 years.

You are invited to attend the upcoming session:

  • May 2, 11-12:15 / Mabee Ballrooms B & C / Student Forum with lunch and t-shirts

The forum will feature a short information presentation followed by topical discussions. Your questions, ideas and insights are welcomed.

Please register to attend, as food and End of Year t-shirts will be provided during the forum.

If you cannot attend a session, please complete the anonymous online survey. The QEP Committee will review and consider all community input before finalizing the QEP report and related activities in June 2017.

Update on QEP from President Martin

From the Office of the President, April 25, 2017–

I want to extend my thanks to all in the St. Edward’s University community who welcomed the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on-site committee to our campus earlier this month as part of our normal process of re-accreditation. The committee expressly stated that it felt a sense of true hospitality and that St. Edward’s stands as an “example of an institution whose mission permeates every corner of the campus, from its curriculum to its co-curricular activities to its way of thinking and talking about the purpose of higher education in general.” In particular, I want to thank those on the on-site logistical and technical teams who made themselves available around the clock to support the needs of our visitors.

QEP
A major focus of an on-site visit is the review of the required Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  Reflecting the fine work of our QEP committees, the on-site committee praised our proposed QEP as noble and ambitious and in keeping with our Holy Cross mission. They did, however, offer some specific and very useful recommendations about the QEP design:

  • Narrow the focus of QEP activities by honing and articulating a clearer definition of “vocation.”
  • Reduce the number of student learning outcomes to be tracked.
  • Consider piloting the QEP within a smaller subset, such as a school or a group of targeted majors.

These recommendations are intended to be helpful and ensure the success of the QEP going forward.  They will allow us to re-engage in community dialogue that will sharpen the focus and reduce the scope to be more manageable and measurable.

Next Steps
The university will prepare a written response to the recommendations and submit it to SACSCOC by September 7, 2017.

  • The QEP Implementation Team, led by Nicole Trevino, AVP for Student Academic Support Services, has a plan to gain broad-based community input — including several faculty, staff and student forums over the next few weeks — to refine the QEP topic of vocation and its associated goals.
  • Forum invitations will appear in Horizon and other communication channels soon; I encourage each of you to participate.
  • Work will continue through August as the response gets finalized for the September deadline.
  • The QEP Implementation Team will share further updates with the community in August.

The September written response should conclude our portion of a very long and important process of re-accreditation. I greatly appreciate the enormous number of hours of work contributed by so many people across campus who have been involved in the process over the last two years. They gathered data, wrote the Compliance Certification and the Focus Report, hosted the on-site committee and selected, developed and planned the implementation of the QEP. Thanks to their service, we have impressed SACSCOC representatives with a very strong presentation of the mission and quality of our beloved university. All the reports will be reviewed by the SACS board of trustees in a process that leads to re-accreditation in December 2017.

George E. Martin, PhD

Final Quality Enhancement Plan Submitted to SACSCOC

Our final draft of our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) has been submitted to SACSCOC as part of our ten-year reaccreditation cycle.  The full draft is available to community members in Box: https://stedwards.box.com/s/062r4d5xb5f5ykvsg6ljs0gp551vb25t

The executive summary is below:

St. Edward’s University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Vocation: Discovering One’s Purpose in a Changing World, will provide our first time traditional undergraduate students with a four-year, integrated plan for vocational discovery. Our goal is to emphasize and enrich the Holy Cross tradition of vocation by inviting students to answer:

  1. what contribution do I want to make;
  2. how am I preparing to make this contribution;
  3. in what context(s) can I make this contribution(s);
  4. how do I integrate my liberal arts experience with complex problems faced by the world today?

At the heart of our mission is the cultivation of the mind in concert with the heart as well as the Holy Cross practice of preparing useful citizens for society. The intertwining of these concepts forms a core component of our identity—a component embodied in vocational discovery. Our definition of vocation embraces the Latin roots of the term VOCARE (to call) and VOX (voice) meaning calling. As part of our mission to help students “understand themselves, clarify their personal values and recognize their responsibility to the world community” we are committed to cultivating their callings and life purpose(s). In addition, we recognize that our students are facing an ever-changing world due to accelerating technological, economic and cultural shifts. Our mission is “to instill the critical skills that flex, bend and weather life’s tests.” Continue reading

2017-2018 Innovation Fellowships to Support QEP

light bulb turned onThe Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Munday Library, and the Office of Instructional Technology of St. Edward’s University invite proposals from faculty for the 2017-18 Innovation Fellowship to be submitted by March 10, 2017. These fellowships will support faculty who need time, resources, and expertise to include pedagogical experimentation in their courses by providing a $1200 stipend, the opportunity to participate in the Summer 2017 Innovation Institute, May 15-26, 2017, and the opportunity to be part of a community of faculty fellows focused on pedagogical innovation. Continue reading

QEP Components to Focus on Advising, Mentorship, and Reflection

The QEP Development Committee has identified a number of components that contribute to the overall theme of “Vocation: Discovering One’s Purpose in a Changing World”.  These components are areas where we will advance our identified student learning outcomes. Based on input from the campus community and data about student engagement, the QEP Development Committee has recommended that the QEP focus explicitly on the following areas:

Advising + Mentorship : Integrating curricular and co-curricular experiences to help students identify, explore, and achieve their vocational goals

Reflection : Structured exercises for students to make connections across experiences and to develop a personal narrative.

QEP components with advising & mentoring and reflection highlighted

Efforts for the QEP will focus on advising & mentoring and student reflection.

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QEP Curriculum Development Mini-Grants CFP

Call for Proposals:  Vocation: Discovering One’s Purpose in a Changing World, QEP Curriculum Development Mini-Grants

I. Eligibility

All full-time faculty.  Full-time staff who work directly with students.  All applicants must attend Helping Students Find Their Purpose: A QEP Workshop for Faculty & Staff  (workshop dates are Friday, September 16 or Saturday, September 17).

II.  Program Description

Competitive mini-grants will be awarded for curriculum development that incorporates vocational discovery into: (a) an existing course, (b) a new course, (c)  a co-curricular activity, in order to advance the new QEP. Continue reading