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Provost's Announcement of QEPDC

Following the selection of the topic of our next Quality Enhancement Plan, University-wide Writing, Critical Thinking, and Literacy Initiative, and in consultation with Faculty Senate and others, I am pleased to announce the group that will work over the next two years to conceive an initiative intended to enhance student learning in accordance with COC of SACS criteria.  All of the individuals who have agreed to serve on this group are well-qualified for the task and are committed to its successful completion. Leading this effort will be Dr. Jim Wohlpart, Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The membership of QEP Development Committee (QEPDC) is as follows: 

Name Department
Kevin Aho College of Arts and Sciences
Tom Bevins College of Health Professions
Carol Bledsoe Writing Center
Anne-Marie Bouche College of Arts and Sciences
Anna Carlin Library Services
Sarah Davis Colloquium
Jackie Greene College of Education
Anna Haney-Withrow College of Arts and Sciences
Scott Karakas General Education
Carrie Kerekes Lutgert College of Business
Tanya Kunberger U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering
Jameson Moschella University Housing/FYRE Program
Stacey Parker Center for Academic Achievement
Linda Rowland College of Arts and Sciences
Linda Serro College of Education
Jim Wohlpart (Chair) Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Student representation will be added to the Committee over the summer. To learn more about the QEP and the QEPDC, please visit the QEP website The QEPDC will post periodic updates as its work progresses. The Committee will begin to meet in fall 2012 and will form ad hoc subgroups as it determines necessary to complete its work. Please join me in wishing them great success in this endeavor.

Ron Toll
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost’s Announcement of FGCU’s next QEP Topic


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.

Ron Toll
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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