QEP Topic Selection Timeline and History
The QEP Team held its initial meeting on April 25, 2008, and began developing topic ideas for discussion based on re-occurring themes from the University's brainstorming sessions.
Following the initial meeting, a BlackBoard site was established for QEP Team members' use for continuous topic discussion and exploration.
On October 14, 2008, an open campus forum was held to further discuss ideas as potential QEP topics.
The topic ideas that were considered included:
Ideas from Brainstorming Meetings and QEP
Communications Across the Curriculum
Math Across the Curriculum
Research Across the Curriculum
Ideas from Open Forum
The QEP Team met on October 24, 2008, to review the topics discussed in the open forum and formed new subgroups to further research topics.
At the QEP Team meeting on January 30, 2009, each subgroup gave a one page summary on a topic they were assigned where they shared the focus of the topic, the student learning outcomes their topic would achieve, and how each topic could be implemented at Montevallo. At the conclusion of the meeting, the group identified the top four topics to be presented at the University Faculty meeting on February 4, 2009. The top four topics were as follows:
Social Engagement/Public Policy
Peace Studies through Service Learning
Research to Discover Knowledge and Ability.
The topic summaries and an evaluation sheet were provided to faculty, staff, and student groups on February 5, 2009.
Two open campus forums were held Thursday, February 12, 2009 and Wednesday, February 18, 2009, both at 3:30 in Harmon 201 for faculty, staff, and students to discuss the top four topics and gather any additional feedback.
The QEP Team met on Friday, February 27, 2009. The team discussed feedback from the open forums and narrowed topic selections to Social Engagement and Information Literacy.
The two topics were presented to the Leadership Team in their meeting in late March, 2009.
The Leadership Team met with the QEP Team on March 23, 2009, to deliver their decision of Information Literacy as UM's QEP topic.
The newly appointed QEP Development Team will hold their first meeting on May 8, 2009 to discuss the research and development of the QEP.