After reviewing more than 50 theme ideas, the QEP Core Team has selected experiential learning as the principal theme to enhance student learning in a specific, measurable way.
“Most of the suggested ideas submitted either directly or indirectly dealt with experiential learning, and we believe it is a key part of the learning process,” said Cathy Tugmon, Associate Professor of Biology and Project Co-Leader. “It is vital to a student’s success, and we believe there is a lot to gain by focusing on this as our QEP theme.”
The team also wants to include three subthemes throughout the process:
- Community engagement
- Research and scholarship
“Experiential learning can be such a wide-sweeping topic, we felt some further direction was needed,” Tugmon said. “These three subthemes strike at the heart of not only our educational focus, but also the kind of student we want to produce at GRU and our goals as an institution.”
Over the next few weeks, the team will examine each subtheme and how each relates to both experiential learning and GRU’s mission.
In September, the team will open an invitation to staff, faculty, and students to submit a detailed QEP proposal putting this theme as well as one or more of the subthemes into action.
“We are really excited about the themes’ potential, and we believe that much like the topic, it can make a difference in the lives of our students,” said Tugmon. “But we need you to be a part; we need you to think about how we can make a difference and share your ideas with us.”
To find out more about QEP, visit the gru.edu/qep. Updated information on theme profiles and proposal guidelines will also be posted.