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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

The Fort Valley State University Quality Enhancement Plan was granted SACS approval and became effective fall 2010. The plan is the result of the diligent work of a QEP steering committee, which was headed by Dr. Josephine Davis.

QEP was developed around specific reasoning strategies, which help clarify what we mean by “critical thinking” and how we can know when it has occurred. So far, the plan has been implemented in core curriculum classes in English (ENGL 1101, 1102), math (MATH 1111, 1113) and biology (BIOL 1104, 1107). By targeting these core curriculum courses, we’re more likely to reach the majority of FVSU students with critical thinking content—since most of them are required to take these core courses.

QEP also sponsors faculty summer training and a number of ongoing (bi-weekly) development sessions to assist faculty with pedagogy ideas relative to implementing effective critical thinking content into their courses. The goal of the QEP is for critical thinking to be an integral part of the teaching and learning experience at FVSU.

  • Date Title of Workshop Facilitator Location
    August 30, 2011 Using Contextual Learning to Develop Student's Critical Thinking in any Discipline Dr. Ian Toppin Hall of Fame Rm. - Library
    September 20, 2011 Using Adventure-Based Activities to Generate Critical Thinking Dr. Teah Moore CMC- Education Building
    September 27, 2011 Enhancing Critical Thinking by Using Questioning During Lectures Dr. Curtis Borne Hall of Fame Rm.- Library
    October 11, 2011 This is the Brain on Writing: Applications Across the Curriculum Dr. Clive Muir Hall of Fame Rm.- Library
    October 25, 2011 Engaging & Infusing Students in the Classroom: Goals and Strategies Dr. Clarence Riley & Dr. Jean Wacaster Hall of Fame Rm.- Library
    November 17, 2011 Implementation of Reasoning Strategies Working in A Classroom Dr. Washella Simmons Hall of Fame Rm.- Library
  • Dr. Ian Toppin, QEP Director
    Office: (478) 822-6991
    Fax: (478) 825-3357

    Erica Barnes, Administrative Assistant
    Office: (478) 822-1086
    Fax: (478) 825-3357

    Dr. Clive Muir, Director of QEP Writing Lab
    Office: (478) 822-1001

    Erikalynn Mwenze, Director of QEP Reading Lab
    Office: (478) 822-1001

    Dr. Josephine Davis, QEP Coordinator for Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department
    Office: (478) 825-6244

    Caroline Samples, QEP Coordinator for English and Foreign Languages Department
    Office: (478) 825-6682

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