Refined QEP Snapshot Available

Over the summer, the QEP Committee has worked to further refine the QEP topic. Below is a snapshot of the refined title, goal statement, framework, and student learning outcomes.

Title

Navigating Career Paths through Exploration, Preparation, and Experience in the Liberal Arts

Goal Statement

Our goal is to engage Arts & Humanities students in an intentional program of career exploration, preparation, and experience to support the evolution of their professional lives.

Framework

  • Discover, Discern, Explore

Students discover their personality traits and personal values.

  • Build, Develop, Prepare

Students identify transferable skills and build career management skills.

  • Engage, Experience, Reflect

Students engage in experiential learning and reflection.

Student Learning Outcomes

Through engaging in the Quality Enhancement Plan, students will:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of their personality traits.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of their personal values.
  3. Give examples of how skills can be used in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Demonstrate basic career management skills.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how experiential learning informs their career trajectory.

School of Arts and Humanities Summer Workshops

In June and July, faculty members from the School of Arts and Humanities participated in two planning workshops, engaging with members of the QEP Committee to further develop the vision, goal, student learning outcomes, and activities of the QEP.

In the June workshop, a group of ten Arts and Humanities faculty members, along with nine members of the QEP Committee, reviewed the recent history of the QEP development, including the recommendations and suggestions received during the SACS on-site visit, the faculty and student feedback from the community forums held in May, and the working QEP framework and goal statement. The faculty members reflected on and discussed the state of career preparation from a disciplinary perspective and offered guidance on the conceptualization of “career” in the context of the QEP. The group reviewed career development theories and approaches emerging from the QEP Literature Review process, refined the student learning outcomes, and began to brainstorm activities that align with student learning outcomes.

The second QEP Summer workshop was held in July, with 13 Arts and Humanities faculty members and 13 QEP Committee members participating. This workshop focused almost entirely on fine-tuning the student learning outcomes and identifying high impact activities to fulfill the learning outcomes.

Throughout these two workshops, the Arts and Humanities faculty members offered critical feedback and creative suggestions that have greatly enhanced the development of the QEP. Their contributions ensure that we are offering a program of career exploration and preparation that addresses an issue of high interest and need among students, is focused on student learning, and is true to the identity of St. Edward’s.

QEP Co-Directors Named and School Identified

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee continues to refine and enhance the QEP and is pleased to share these recent developments:

  • QEP Co-Directors Named
    • Faculty Co-Director: Kim Garza, Associate Professor of Graphic Design
    • Staff Co-Director: Erin Ray, Student Academic Support Services
  • QEP Pilot School Identified
    • The School of Arts & Humanities will serve as the pilot school for the Quality Enhancement Plan. Faculty members from the following departments are participating in summer workshops to help shape the QEP:
      • Languages, Literatures and Cultures
      • Literature, Writing and Rhetoric
      • Performing Arts
      • Philosophy
      • Religious and Theological Studies
      • Visual Studies

QEP Community Forum Results

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee held Community Forums in May to engage St. Edward’s faculty, staff and students in the QEP refinement process. Over 250 community members provided feedback on the refinement of the QEP topic and framework.

Using the feedback from these forums, the QEP Committee has further refined the QEP topic and framework. The current working definition of the QEP is as follows:

  • The goal of the QEP is to engage students in an iterative process of career exploration, preparation and experience to support the evolution of their professional lives.
  • The three elements of the QEP Framework are:
    • Discover, Discern, Explore
    • Build, Develop, Prepare
    • Engage, Experience
  • More than providing students a single experience of career preparation, the QEP framework may be used throughout a graduate’s professional life as their career evolves and changes over time.

The QEP Committee wishes to thank all faculty, staff and students who participated in the community forums for their thoughtful engagement and feedback. As it continues the revision process, the QEP Committee will be moving from topic refinement to revising the Student Learning Outcomes, activities and assessment plan for the QEP.

Additional opportunities to engage with the QEP refinement process will be announced in Horizon and posted on this site.

The iterative process of student learning

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

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.