R.E.A.S.O.N. / QEP
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning. It is the component of the SACSCOC accreditation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to the enhancement of the quality of higher education and to the proposition that student learning is at the heart of the mission of all institutions of higher learning.
The intended learning outcomes of the QEP are students' abilities to R.E.A.S.O.N. -- Reflect, Evaluate, Argue, Solve, Obtain, and Network.
The purpose of the Norfolk State University (NSU) Quality Enhancement Plan "R.E.A.S.O.N.: Creating Coherent Pathways to Develop Critical Thinking Skills in Students" is to improve critical thinking skills in undergraduate students. By embedding critical thinking in teaching, learning, and assessment strategies across the general education curriculum, students will acquire the skills and/or disposition to analyze, criticize, synthesize and advocate ideas; to reason holistically in an inductive and deductive manner; and to reach factual or judgmental conclusions based on sound inferences drawn from integrated and diverse frames of reference. Rooted in a rich liberal studies tradition, critical thinking dispositions and skills stimulate the spirit of critical inquiry and provide a foundation for life-long learning. The QEP supports the general education goal to develop undergraduates who possess a rational open-mindedness that leads to analytical and critical patterns of thought.
The NSU QEP focuses on the general education program and consists of three coherent Implementation Pathways:
Pathway One: Curricular and Pedagogical Innovations
Pathway Two: Enriching Educational Experience
Pathway Three: Faculty and Staff Engagement