The QEP is a central part of the university’s accreditation under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC). Section 7 of the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation states, “The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an integral component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process and is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes. It reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue the institution considers important to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success” (SACSCOC, 2018, p. 58). Therefore, the QEP team will conduct research and assessments over the duration of the project. Assessments will take place in UNIV courses, coordinated by the Division of Student Success, as well as other courses taught by Professional Learning Community members or others at UTA. Pre- and post-surveys, along with reflections, will be the primary data collected and the QEP has sought to make the process as unobtrusive as possible. Beyond assessment, Teamwork: An Open Access Practical Guide and the efforts of Professional Learning Community members will help to improve the development and marketability of this sought-after skill, which employers consistently list as one of the core competencies that they seek from graduates and potential hires (Hart Research Associates, 2018).
The QEP team requests that any UTA instructor that uses the guide in their courses have their students complete these brief assessments. While not required, the data collected in these instruments are essential for understanding the short- and long-term impact of this guide. Please contact Dr. Andrew M. Clark, QEP Director, if you have any questions about the surveys and reflection.
Here are the questions:
- What does effective teamwork look like to you?
- In what ways has your attitude toward teamwork changed as a result of what you have learned through this guide? If you do not believe it has changed please tell us why you think that is so.
- Based on the material in the guide, what are some ways that you will apply what you have learned about teamwork in the classroom?
- What are some ways that you will apply what you have learned about teamwork in your occupation?
- 2020 Pre-Survey QR Code
- 2020 Post-Survey QR Code
- 2020 Reflection QR Code