Regents Scholars Assist with Development of QEP
The Regents’ Scholars have just returned from their study abroad in Europe. Prior to traveling the students completed the Global Competency Aptitude Assessment (GCAA) in an effort to be better prepared for the experience abroad. Upon return, the students presented unique and inspirational projects and insights based on their travel experiences. The Regents’ Scholars will also be completing post-travel GCAA assessments in the upcoming week. The data obtained from the Regent Scholars will serve as an important and valuable contribution to the ongoing development of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Students pictured above are the first cohort of Regents’ Scholars and are entering their fourth year at the university. Regents’ Scholars pursue the major of interest but also complete a tiered curriculum focusing on multiculturalism, leadership and global awareness. The program curriculum requires students to study abroad the summer of their junior year with the program for course credit.
“We are so excited to see how the students will use this opportunity to give back to the program, our campus and community. As future doctors, psychologists, researchers, musicians and educators, they have a greater understanding of the world and their place in it. As amazing as the trip was, we hope it only gives them the hunger to go and see more,” said Jennifer E. Hudson, Regents’ Scholars Program Coordinator.
Student pictured from left to right: (Bottom Row) Sydni Walker, Amanda Simmons, Kimberly Baxter, Rebekah Currie, John Nystrom; (Top Row) Christine York, Brittany Campbell, Cheryl Strube, Steven Jahn, Parker Ellis, Joshua Miller, Jamie Johnson, Stormy Malone, Brittni Ong and Michelle Ejimakor
Gibson and Benavides Attend SOCS COC Summer Institute
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Associate Chair, Dr. Shonda Gibson, and Dr. Adolfo Benavides, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs attended the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) Summer Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation July 21-24 at Daytona Beach, Florida. The SACS COC Summer Institute offered programs that foster institutional improvement and focus on best practices in higher education. The conference program this year offered workshops on educational research to better understand student learning, assessment tools and resources to facilitate improvement of institutional practices, the use of information technology to improve teaching and learning, campus-based programs that demonstrate ways to relate quality enhancement initiatives to regional accreditation standards, and effective ways to use the QEP to enhance the institution’s mission.
SACS COC Advisory Visit
Preparation for Upcoming Reaffirmation of Accreditation
In continuing preparation for the upcoming Reaffirmation of Accreditation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) and our SACS Steering Committee and QEP Leadership Team participated in an Advisory Visit in July. The SACS COC Vice-President met with A&M-Commerce representatives to explore issues, questions, and topics of interest relating to the reaffirmation process, interpretation of standards and clarifications of the Commission’s policies and practices. The Advisory Visit also included engaging discussion of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), providing guidance in the continued development of this plan. The Advisory Visit serves as an important milestone as the A&M-Commerce community continues the reaffirmation review process, which will culminate with the SACS On-Site Team visit In March of 2014.
Freshman Success Instructors Assist with QEP
Freshman Success instructors recently participated in an intensive multi-day planning and training seminar designed to provide quality and improve students’ learning outcomes. During one session, Dr. Shonda Gibson, Associate Chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee, explained the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS COC) reaffirmation of accreditation process, specifically the planning and execution of the QEP.
Instructors teaching 15 sections of Freshman Success will be participating in a pilot study during the Fall 2014 term to assist the QEP development with gathering baseline data, testing use of an electronic portfolio, and completion of an assessment of global competency. The students will complete the Global Competency Aptitude Assessment (GCAA), which has been reviewed by leaders in business and industry worldwide, the National Foreign Trade Council, representatives from the United Nations, Deans and other senior administrators of universities on four continents, human resource officials, and entrepreneurs.
According to Christi Hunter, CEO of Global Leadership Excellence and President of Global Competence Consulting, “We live in a world that has become increasingly interdependent, one in which geographic boundaries have become blurry, and language, distance and time are no longer barriers to cross-cultural exchanges. In fact, there is a worldwide shortage of people who can demonstrate abilities to fit into a global playing field. There is ample evidence that the 21st century needs people who are Globally Competent.” The GCAA identifies people’s likelihood to succeed in a highly interconnected world, providing scores for eight components of global competence.
Incoming freshman students will also begin crafting electronic portfolios through ManeSync (Texas A&M University-Commerce campus engagement network). The ePortfolio provides every student with a personal website to organize, showcase and reflect on academic course work, co-curricular involvement, internships and employment. Students have the ability to upload work samples, request professional recommendations and link to their social media profiles. In addition, students have a full range of privacy options and contents of the ePortfolio may be downloaded as a PDF for every student to save, email or print out.The use of the GCAA and electronic portfolios are key components of the proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Preparing Students for an Interconnected World. The pilot testing in Fall of 2014 serves as an important milestone as the A&M-Commerce community continues the reaffirmation review process, which will culminate with the SACS On-Site Team visit In March of 2014.