Frequently Asked Questions
What does QEP stand for?
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Why the design of the logo?
The design of the logo occurred during the summer of 2011. The committee decided the QEP needed to be visible around campus and getting materials into the hands of students as well as knowledge among the faculty. The world in the ‘Q’ represents the university's position as a missional university that prepares students to engage the world. The ‘e’ represents the oral communication aspect of our QEP mission. The stem of the ‘p’ is a pencil for written communication, the second focus of the QEP. The words around the ‘Q’ and ‘P’ “Transform our world through enhanced communication” are a combination of King’s mission “…Transformation in Christ” and the QEP goals of “enhanced oral and written communication.”
The Quality of what?
The quality of students’ learning both in and out of the classroom here at King. The QEP wants to improve student learning in two specific areas: oral and written communication.
How did King University decide the topic of Oral and Written communication?
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 university 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 missioned university 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.
Where will the QEP affect me at King?
Faculty and staff are creating innovative programs in and out of the classroom that enhance the learning environment at King. As two examples, the peer mentors in RELGION 1001; Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice and KING 1000; First Year Seminar are made possible through QEP!
For a full list of QEP projects and the departments/area they represent check out current QEP projects under FORMS.
What other areas or departments is the QEP involved with?
The QEP is involved in many areas of academics at King. Below is a list of current QEP projects:
- Bible & Religion: Foundations of Christian Faith Peer Mentor Project
- School of Nursing: Improving RN to BSN Students' Writing Skills
- School of Nursing: Improving Junior Nursing Students Communication, Assessment, and Critical Reasoning Skills
- Composition faculty: Critical Thinking and Writing Project
- School of Education: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Communication Project
- Speaking Center: Improving Students' Oral Communication and Presentation Skills
- Sciences: Improving Communication Through Science Seminar
- Dept. of Languages and Literatures: Improving Foreign Language Students' Oral and Written Communication through ACTFL resources
- Student Affairs: First Year Experience Peer Mentor Project
- English Dept.: English Major Portfolio Project
- Theatre Dept.: Improving Proficiency in the Use of Voice, Voice Recording, and Editing
- Communications Dept.: Grammar Project and Teamwork Project
- History Dept.: Connecting History Students to Professionals in the Community
- Graduate and Professional Studies:Plagiarism Project
Do I have to do a project?
We would encourage you to consider leading a project. While leading a project seems like a daunting task many times you are already completing projects in your class with written or oral communication. Now we just need an assessment measure specific to either written or oral communication for the students and QEP and we have ourselves a project! Filling out a proposal is easy. You can check out the proposal form under FORMS as well as sample proposals and tips for filling out a proposal.
What is the process to fill out a proposal?
Once a proposal form has been filled out and submitted to the QEP chair and the QEP committee will review the proposal. See the full process on QEP project review process under forms HERE.
What resources are available from QEP?
There are many resources to assist you with your project. Things like money for bringing in a speaker, training, certification or conference attendance, purchasing technology or other equipment needed to facilitate and assist with the project of oral or written communication in the classroom. Other resources are available such as support from the QEP committee and other faculty and staff members who are chairing a project.
What does the assessment look like for a QEP project?
Assessment is different for each project but all share common outcomes of oral or written communication. There are other options depending on department/area. If you have questions while filling out your proposal you may contact Teresa Stephens, QEP chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long do I keep a project going?
There is no set timeline for a project however we would like to ensure there are two things before the project is complete. The first is enough data to establish a baseline and show students are learning. Second, we would like to ensure there has been curriculum integration within academic departments or a specific class so teaching and learning of the particular oral or written communication skill is not lost.
If a project is not working as you had thought or wrote in the original proposal there can be adjustments made within the project to assess the learning differently or more efficiently.
Faculty and Staff enjoy continuing projects and using the QEP resources for the specific projects. Upon ending the project you would forfeit all your QEP resources associated with your project.
In order to end a project you will need to talk to Teresa Stephens, QEP chair, to develop an exit strategy for the specific project.
How will QEP benefit my students?
QEP has the potential to benefit student learning and the learning environment in many ways. QEP project leaders are able to secure resources for their department that might otherwise be unavailable. For example, the Theatre Department's acquisition of a sound design lab was made possible through QEP funds. Additionally, theatre professors are able to shape specific assessments with the assistance of QEP that are content specific to the oral or written communication initiatives of QEP while providing immediate value and input to the student learning outcomes of particular theatre classes.
Also, the use of peer mentors in the RELG 1001 and KING 1000 was made possible through QEP. The addition of peer mentors makes small group formation and learning communities a vital part of the learning environment at King. Reinforcing concepts taught in class, peer mentors are able to guide students through difficult texts, becoming sounding boards as students formulate oral and written responses to course material. Peer mentors also serve the vital role as early interventionist for students with learning disabilities or special requirements
I want to be involved in the QEP who should I contact?
We are glad you want to help the quality of learning in your classes. If you are a faculty member wanting to create a QEP project you should contact Teresa Stephens, chair of the QEP committee at email@example.com or 423-652-6797.
I want to create a project with but I am not sure how or if the idea is what you want.
You can check out a list of current and past QEP projects HERE. As well download the QEP proposal form HERE. If you need more information you may contact Teresa Stephens, QEP chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.