Memo from Provost Battles: QEP/eTEAL Faculty Invitation

Monday, March 11, 2013

To:       UNCW Faculty
From:   Denise A. Battles, Provost
Date:    March 11, 2013
Re:       Promoting Awareness of the QEP       

An essential element of UNCW’s reaffirmation of institutional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) is the development and subsequent implementation of a Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP. 

Over the past several years, members of the campus community under the guidance of the QEP Task Force (membership available here) have engaged in activities leading to the creation of our QEP, experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning (eTEAL).  The goal of the QEP is to impact positively student learning in the areas of critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and inquiry, which are three of the eight learning goals approved by faculty senate in 2009.  The QEP will be a primary focus of the upcoming SACS site visit, which will occur on March 19-21, 2013.  Important to the successful launch of our QEP and the reaffirmation process in general is ensuring a high level of awareness across campus, including among our students, about eTEAL.  At the request of our QEP Task Force, I am writing to solicit your help in promoting student awareness.

Please see three slides and an embedded link to a video, generated under the guidance of the QEP Task Force, which briefly describe eTEAL and the major benefits it affords our students.  The slides and video were developed for use in classes with the aim of informing UNCW students and personnel about applied learning and motivating them to participate.  The QEP Task Force and I ask that you please consider taking no more than three minutes to walk your students through the slides and sixty-second video, which is specifically intended for a student audience.  Please keep in mind that the aim of the QEP plan is to promote instructor professional development in an effort to enhance applied learning at UNCW.  Successful QEP implementation will benefit faculty, staff, and students.

While we hope that you will be able to help increase awareness and enthusiasm for eTEAL in your classes, please note that you may also refer students to the QEP website (www.uncw.edu/qep) where they may see the video and access additional information on eTEAL.  Thank you for your consideration.