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Town Hall meetings will help pinpoint Quality Enhancement Plan focus

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | Feb. 27, 2012

The Emory community is invited to attend two town hall meetings designed to help choose a theme for the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a proposal to enhance undergraduate education and chart a course for action required under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation process.

As part of the SACS accreditation review, Emory must develop a QEP, which is intended to address a well-defined and focused topic directly related to promoting a "creative, engaging and meaningful learning experience" for Emory students.

Last fall, proposals were solicited from throughout the Emory community. Four were selected for presentation to the community at two town hall meetings, to be held:

• Wednesday, Feb. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in Winship Ballroom, DUC

1. World View, presented by Philip Wainwright and Clifton Crais

2. Primary Evidence/Quantitative Literacy, presented by Bonna Wescoat

• Wednesday, March 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in Winship Ballroom, DUC

1. Sustainability, presented by Ciannat Howett

2. Engaged Learning, presented by Vialla Hartfield-Mendez

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to bring a lunch — drinks and desserts will be provided — and lend their comments and suggestions, feedback considered critical to the process, say QEP co-chairs Sarah McPhee and Rick Rubinson.

"This affects everyone. The QEP plan will only work if everyone is involved and participates," Rubinson says.

Those unable to attend the town hall meetings will be able to view the four proposals online. Feedback may also be emailed directly to McPhee and Rubinson.

Following the town hall meetings, community comments will be gathered, proposals will be revised and final proposals will be presented to the QEP Selection Committee. Two proposals will be chosen for a final selection by the president and provost.

The Quality Enhancement Plan is due late 2013/early 2014 for review in 2014.