Why did JU choose experiential learning as its QEP?
In 2007, JU hosted town hall meetings to develop our Strategic Plan, and JU said expanding internships, study abroad, service learning and undergraduate research was a priority.
In 2008, the QEP focus group committee hosted focus groups, and JU said:
- Increase rigor and expectations of students – we (students) need to be challenged.
- We have to get students to understand how everything is interconnected, and to learn beyond the classroom.
- Employers want the skills that experiential learning fosters.
In 2009, the QEP steering committee collected survey responses, and JU said:
- A love for study and curiosity needs to be encouraged among students, increase independent learning.
- Research projects opened the door to very profound changes in my own thinking and understanding.
- In every class there should be an experiential unit that demonstrates or underscores the concepts or skills taught in the academic part of the course material.
In 2012, 70 percent of our graduating seniors had completed an experiential learning course – about half because they had to as part of their degree requirements, the other half as an elective.
JU has long valued experiential learning, and now we are moving forward purposefully and thoughtfully to provide these rich experiences for all our students.
One question that current students might ask …
“Why should I care; this is not my graduation requirement?”
This is true – the requirement will apply to all incoming students beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, not our current students. But as we expand and improve our experiential learning opportunities, those students who already have to complete one of these courses as part of a degree requirement will have an improved experience. And for those students who are not required to take an experiential learning course as part of their major, increased opportunities AND recommendations from more of their peers who have taken one of these course, will pique their interest and motivate them to see what all the fuss is about.
This sounds great, how can I help?
Become an active component of the marketing campaign designed to bring everyone at JU up to speed and excited about our QEP. So first, if you have a university sponsored Facebook page, please click here
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. Second, this campaign was designed to target students (faculty, staff and administration tend to read memos and emails), so if we ask you to hand something out, or make an announcement, or click on a link – please play along. Finally, educate yourself and get excited, we will be providing daily nuggets of information to do both these things!Quality Enhancement Plan Update:
As of January 2014, Jacksonville University has been reaffirmed of their accreditation status by the Souther Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The JU Quality Enhancement plan can be found here:Quality Enhancement Plan.pdf