MT Engage Town Hall Meeting at Tom Jackson Hall Tuesday, March 24th 3pm-4pm and Wednesday, April 1st 9am-10am Frequently Asked Questions 1 What is a QEP? The Quality Enhancement Plan is a significant part of our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaccreditation process. It is defined by SACSCOC as “a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue related to enhancing student learning.” The topic of our QEP is MT Engage. We are currently developing the 5 year plan that will guide MT Engage. 2 What is MT Engage? It is a program that involves students in active learning and critical reflection. This is accomplished by creating a culture of engagement emphasizing active learning within the classroom and beyond the classroom. Students will critically reflect on those experiences within an ePortfolio which showcases the knowledge, skills and abilities achieved across courses. 3 When does MT Engage launch? A SACSCOC site visit to review the QEP plan will take place in March 2016. After approval, MT Engage will launch with the fall 2016 freshman class. 4 What is an ePortfolio? An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is an electronic collection of evidence that shows a student’s learning journey over time. MT Engage ePortfolios will also include critical reflections of the student’s learning. 5 How does MT Engage benefit students? 6 How does MT Engage benefit faculty, administrators, and staff? 7 What’s the difference between EXL and MT Engage? The goals of MT Engage include fostering a culture of engaged learning and integrative thinking, enhancing student satisfaction with their learning, and increasing retention and graduation rates. The student learning outcomes are related to improving 1) integrative/ reflective thinking 2) personal and professional development and 3) effective communication. As part of MT Engage, a faculty development plan will be established to support faculty who choose to teach MT Engage courses, which are enhanced with active learning strategies. Supports may include funding of related faculty learning communities or summer faculty institutes. Departments and faculty who are interested in incorporating an ePortfolio will have technical support as well as pedagogical support. Faculty, administrators, and staff will also benefit from students who are more engaged in their learning and a campus that has academic engagement as a focus. EXL was the university’s first QEP and will still continue as an important initiative. EXL courses qualify as active learning courses, however, MT Engage goes beyond EXL courses to include active learning strategies which do not have an external component such as learning communities, problem-based learning, simulations, etc. 8 Is there added cost for students? No, there is not an added cost for students!