Quality Enhancement Plan
In 2009, King University was reaffirmed in its accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As part of the reaffirmation process, colleges and universities are requested to implement a sustainable initiative designed to improve student learning. This initiative, known as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), offers institutions of higher learning the opportunity to self-identify, and subsequently bolster, key issues central to their core and mission.
In 2007, King University faculty and staff identified the effective use of language in oral and written communication as its thematic focus for improvement. The components of King's QEP on communication are not isolated pockets of concern; King's QEP theme of communication is addressed through projects conducted by varied sources on campus including academic departments and student support services. Ultimately, King University's mission of leading meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ signifies the relevance of the QEP to the institution. With its focus on communication, King's QEP underscores the institution's basic mission of interweaving faith, learning, service, and career, each of which benefits from - and depends upon - effective communication at many levels.
Additionally, the desire of the college that its students produce cultural transformation in Christ requires an emphasis on particular and effective communication to achieve full and lasting effect. The college's statement of identity, as part of its Mission and Vision, suggests that King graduates will be "stewards of God's creation, agents of peace and justice, lovers of truth and justice, creators of beauty, and servants of reconciliation." These characteristics, all of which require sound communication skills, are brought to light by the intentionality of the QEP. King University positions itself as a missional college that prepares students to engage the world. Therefore, faculty, staff, and students are committed to the belief that communication skills are vital to this endeavor. The college's mission statement, then, sets broad parameters within which the QEP operates: students should be effective as scholars and persons, acting as agents of transformation of their societies for the good. Equally, the ability to communicate effectively and clearly is paramount to the identity and future success of King graduates.
"I wanted to create a culture of peer review to promote constructive feedback about communication skills in my Introduction to Education class. Using flip cameras secured through QEP resources, students tape and review their presentations before presenting to the class. Combining this self-analysis with a focused feedback sheet, I feel my students are now more aware of the preparation required to make quality presentations. This class is typically the first class students take in our department, so the project enabled me to emphasize this skill as one that will be important to their success in our department as well as in their careers."
School of Education
"The QEP Plagiarism Project is providing quality insight and information regarding how our Graduate and Professional Studies students process, synthesize, and communicate information in their assignments. By measuring student plagiarism awareness, understanding student needs, and modifying our student assignment assessment process; our King University faculty members are providing informed opportunities for the intellectual and ethical growth of our students."