Sent on behalf of Provost Toll:
Last fall, the Division of Academic Affairs and the University as a whole began an inclusive process to identify FGCU’s next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Topic, a decision critical to our student learning improvement efforts and which fulfills a major requirement of our forthcoming Commission on Colleges of SACS 2015 reaffirmation. A university-wide group comprised of faculty, staff, and student representatives was appointed to coordinate the solicitation and review of potential topics gleaned from across the campus community. In February, after a period of purposeful and thoughtful deliberation (see attached email) the QEP Selection Committee presented me with their two recommendations for possible topics. In the last month, I have consulted widely with various groups and individuals throughout the university and have received useful input that has helped further inform my decision.
After careful reflection on all input provided, I have selected The University-wide Writing, Critical Thinking, and Literacy Initiative as the topic that I believe will make for an exceptional next QEP. In addition to its potential to impact positively virtually all of our undergraduate students, this topic also aligns well with student learning outcomes emerging from the work of the Faculty Senate’s Outcomes Assessment Task Force. It is my hope that the resulting QEP might also include some of the strengths presented in the other three proposals that were reviewed by the QEP Selection Committee.
The next step in the development of our new QEP will be the identification and appointment of individuals to develop the QEP itself. I hope to accomplish this, again with broad input, during the next month so that the team can be in place for the start of the new academic year in the fall.
In closing, I want to acknowledge the excellent work of the QEP Selection Committee, ably led by Dr. Linda Serro, the four teams that submitted topic proposals, the many individuals who shared their ideas for a topic, and all those who provided me with input during the final stage to reach a decision. On behalf of the University, I would like to thank you all for your dedication to improving student learning outcomes at FGCU.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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