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  1. How did we come up with the theme for our QEP?
    All current GC faculty and staff, as well as a representative sample of students and  alumni were contacted by email and asked to respond to a questionnaire addressing institutional vision and enhancement planning and processes. A ‘town hall’ meeting was held to gather feedback, suggestions and ideas from the community at large. Additional on campus forums were held to gather additional information, suggestions and ideas from the campus community. Information gathered from these sources was analyzed and from this review emerged five common themes of interest for the QEP. From these five themes, President Dorman and the Topic Selection Task Force concluded that “Building a Culture of Engaged Learning,” best represented the existing strengths and future aspirations of the university. President Dorman formally announced the QEP theme in the State of the University address on January 11, 2013.
  2. How did we arrive at the SLOs for ENGAGE?
    With the broad theme and learning goals selected, the Research and Design group of the QEP Task Force began the task of further refining the theme and goals by defining engaged learning and identifying specific learning outcomes that are consistent with our liberal arts mission and values. We had taken a step in that direction by identifying the two goals related to the topic—through engaged learning students will develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to become informed citizen leaders and serve the public good locally and globally. With those goals, we were signaling that engaged learning for the QEP needed to contribute to the accomplishment of developing citizen leaders and serving the public good.  Specific student learning outcomes were then drafted, primarily through work at the 2013 AAC&U High Impact Practices Institute during which time a team from the QEP Task Force  worked to identify and clarify outcomes that would best carry out the goals of the QEP. These SLOs were refined by the QEP Professional Development and Assessment Committee and were then presented to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Committee for endorsement and then went on the full University Senate for final approval.
  3. Do I have to cover all 5 student-learning outcomes with my project?
    No. You can develop course work or a project that can provide learning experiences with any or all of the SLOs. You do not have to cover all five outcomes with any given experience.
  4. What is community engagement?
    For the purposes of the QEP, a community-based engaged learning (C-bEL) experience is defined as any community-based engaged learning experience, whether it be course-based or co-curricular, that promotes the integration of theory and practice with direct experiences, mutually beneficial collaborations within the community and critical reflection.  Furthermore, community refers to the community in which the C‑bEL experience is located, which is likely to be central Georgia but could also include international and professional communities elsewhere.
  5. What isn’t community engagement?
    If an experience you design fits into the above parameters, you can justify it as a C-bEL experience.  It is within the limits only of your imagination that a C-bEL experience can be imagined and designed.
  6. What are the project tiers for ENGAGE? How do I apply?
    The project tiers are explained here.
  7. Do I have to start at tier one (apprentice)?
    No. You can apply to be a participant at any level that is commiserate with where you feel your knowledge and skills are most suited.
  8. Does this have to be an individual faculty project or can my whole program get involved?
    Individuals or program faculty in a collaborative endeavor can participate.
  9. What happens at the end of 5 years, when the QEP ‘ends’?
    It is anticipated that at the end of the cycle of the QEP, Georgia College will have gone through a transformation and that engaged learning will take on an even greater role as we carry out our mission and will become woven into the fabric of our day-to-day culture and operations.  Hopefully, faculty, staff and students will continually explore ways to participate with the community for the purpose of contributing to the public good and current students will become alumni who seek opportunities to carry out the spirit of community-based engagement for the purpose of benefiting their community to which they belong, long after they leave GC.
  10. Where can I go to find out about resources available to me to help me with my ENGAGE project?
    Resources will begin to emerge as we begin to engage in the work of the QEP.  A link to available resources will be available on the ENGAGE website and will continually grow as new resources are discovered.
More questions?  Email engage@gcsu.edu.
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