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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)


The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a document developed by the institution that (1) includes a process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment, (2) focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution, (3) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP, (4) includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP, and (5) identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement.



May 2012

The final QEP proposals are in! Check the links below to see the full proposals. And, don't forget to attend the Friday, May 4th presentations from 2:00 - 4:00 in Palko 130!

Creativity Across Disciplines and Cultures: The TCU Institute for Inquiry, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Critical Connections: Empowering the TCU Communith Through Integrative Learning

Global Citizenship 2020: A Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization at TCU

Transforming Campus and Community Through Community Engaged Learning and Scholarship


December 2011 - QEP Finalists Selected!

 Creativity Across Disciplines and Cultures: Inquiry, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (I2E)

·         Submitted by:

  • James Scott (AddRan)
  • Raymond Smilor (Neeley)
  • Eric Simanek (Science and Engineerinig)
  • Andrew Schoolmaster (AddRan)
  • Joddy Murray (AddRan)
  • John Singleton (International Student Services)
  • Harold Leeman (Physical Plant

Disciplina est Facultas: The Transforming Power of Inquiry, Global Integrated Learning, and Innovation

·         Submitted by:

  • Peggy Watson (Honors)
  • David Whillock (Communication)
  • Komla Aggor (AddRan)
  • Lynn Flahive (Harris)
  • Jacque Lambiase (Communication)
  • Ron Pitcock (Honors)
  • Cecilia Silva (Education
  • Eric Simanek (Science and Engineering)
  •  Joe Lipscomb (Neeley)
  • Barbara Herman (Student Development Services)
  • John-Mark Day (Student Development Services)
  • Daniel Terry (Student Development Services)
  • Kyle Arnold (Student)
  • Katie Fearer (Student)
  • Will Hopper (Student)

A combination of two proposals –TCU’s Global Community: Learning to Change the World AND Education Across Borders: Engaging TCU with the World - New Title: Global Citizenship 2020: A Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization at TCU

·         Submitted by:

  • Fran Huckaby (Education)
  •  Jane Kucko (Fine Arts and International Studies)
  • Darren Middleton (AddRan)
  • John Singleton (International Student Services)
  • Kurk Gayle (Intensive English)
  • Bonnie Melhart (University Programs)
  • AND
  •  Manochehr Dorrag (AddRan)
  • Hanan Hammad(AddRan)
  • German Gutierrez (Fine Arts)
  • Giridhar Akkaraju (Science and Engineering)
  • John Singleton (International Services)
  • Liz Branch (International Services)
  • James English (International Services)

 Transforming Campus and Community Through Community Engaged Scholarship

·         Submitted by:

  •  David Aftandilian (AddRan)
  •  Mary Kathleen Baldwin (Community Involvement and Service-Learning)
  • Rosangela Boyd (Community Involvement and Service-Learning)
  • Carolyn Cagle (Harris College)
  • Cynthia Chapa (AddRan)
  • Harriet Cohen (Harris College)
  • Lyn Dart (Science and Engineering)
  • Melissa Gruver (Community Involvement and Service-Learning)
  • Becky Johnson (Science and Engineering)
  • Beata Jones (Neeley)
  • Max Krochmal (AddRan)
  • Jacqueline Lambiase (Communication)
  • Nina Martin (Fine Arts)
  • Mary McKinney (AddRan)
  • Don Milles (Education)
  • Joddy Murray (AddRan)
  • Marie Schein (AddRan)
  • Mike Slattery (Science and Engineering)
  • Keith Whitworth (AddRan)



Fall 2011

Town Hall Meeting (October 14th) focusing on Preliminary Proposals

The PPT from this Town Hall meeting can be found here. If you have any problems downloading this PPT, contact Catherine Wehlburg (


Call for Preliminary Proposals - Download a Word document of the Call for Proposals by clicking HERE.

A few things that you should know about the Preliminary Proposal process.

  • Our QEP really needs to be a BIG idea – in other words, it should be something that impacts most of our students and could become a “signature program” for TCU. So, think big and think broadly!
  • The QEP that we select will be implemented beginning in the Fall of 2013 and will run for at least 5 years.
  • You will need to link your Preliminary Proposal to at least one of the TCU Cardinal Principles ( and to at least one of the QEP Emphasis Areas (Applied Learning, Creativity, Integrated Learning, Reflective Learning/Reflective Practice).
  • There will be a budget for the QEP – but what is in the budget is up to each team. Consider the needs for new hires, space, software, etc. We are not asking for a budget outline in the Preliminary Proposal, but for those who are selected to create a Final Proposal, there will be a need to develop a budget. So, as you are thinking, consider the types of things that you might need to do that would require funding.


Now that the overall theme and areas of focus have been chosen, we need ideas for the QEP topic. Thus, we invite you to submit a brief (no more than 1/2 a page) email to Catherine Wehlburg ( outlining your idea for what TCU should do for the QEP within the theme of "Innovation and Inquiry" and the chosen areas of focus - Please submit these by September 16, 2011.


All suggestions will be organized into groups for discussion on October 14th (2:30 - 5:00 - BLUU Ballroom C and D). Following this, preliminary proposals will be invited and will be due December 1, 2011.

Click here for a regularly-updated list of those ideas that have been submitted. Think of this as a "virtual brainstorming session"!


Spring 2011

Stemming from our strategic planning process, we have identified the following possible concepts for TCU’s QEP (as of March 2011): 

  • Academic Advising
  • Study Abroad and Global Opportunities
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Integrating Service Learning Activities
  • Enhancing Student Research and Creative Activities
  • Student Engagement
  • Critical Thinking

A copy of the handout given at the March 1 and 2 Town Hall Meetings can be found here.

Following the town hall meetings, a survey was sent to all faculty and staff (click here for the survey). Based on the 531 responses and discussions with members of the TCU community, the focus on the QEP was narrowed to "Innovation and Inquiry." This theme is supported by the following areas of focus. Note that the questions are not desgined to be answered directly, rather, they are conceptual prompts to help the development of new ideas.

  • Applied Learning
    • What do students do with what they learn?
    • How can students apply what they have learned to “real world” problems?
    • How will students demonstrate that they can transfer knowledge from one setting to another?
    • How can students develop new knowledge and use new skills based on their learning experiences?
    • How can students use intellectual judgment to apply what they have learned to novel situations?
  • Creativity
    • How can students create new understanding/knowledge/work that is grounded in previous work?
    • What methods can students use or develop to identify new solutions?
    • How do students actively create and/or synthesize what they have learned?
    • How can students productively define and assess creativity across a range of fields?
    • How can students use creative means to communicate what they learn?
  • Integrated Learning
    • How do students connect and integrate knowledge from courses, experiences, and programs?
    • Can students draw connections among their courses and activities that are meaningful and appropriate? How?
    • How will students integrate learning across disciplines?
    • How do students integrate what they learn in the TCU core with their major?
    • How can students better link curricular learning with co-curricular learning?
  • Reflective Learning and Practices
    • How do students actively reflect on their learning in order to grow?
    • How do advanced levels of reflection demonstrate or encourage synthesis of coursework and experiences?
    • How does reflection on learning impact problem solving skills and demonstrated critical thinking?
    • What strategies can students develop to promote self reflection in a range of learning contexts (including the curricular and co-curricular)?
    • What approaches can be fostered to assess reflection effectively?


More on this will be added as it becomes available.