Quality Enhancement Plan FAQs
We are doing it for two reasons. First, it is part of the reaccreditation process for the University. An accrediting agency certifies the quality of a university. This is similar to the agencies that issue licenses for doctors to practice medicine or licenses for lawyers to practice law. Second, the mission and vision of the University require a focus on writing. The current Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which was developed specifically in response to HBU’s mission and vision, also requires a focus on writing. The QEP supports initiatives of the university and the Liberal Arts Core.
We didn’t have to select writing. Other universities have chosen community involvement, going green, global awareness, critical thinking, information literacy, and other topics. The University, however, thinks that writing is an inherent part of its mission and vision. Writing will make our students better citizens (able to vote and make decisions for the betterment of society), better able to defend and share their faith, and better prepared for their careers and vocations.
The QEP is about writing across the curriculum. It includes 3 courses in the new Liberal Arts Core Curriculum: ENGL 1313, PHIL 1313, and HIST 2313. Students in the Honors College will be involved in the QEP through two writing courses, HNRS 1020 and HNRS 1050.
No. You will take the same number of courses as before.
No. The writing assignments are quite modest. Most of them will be no longer than 3-4 pages. In a capstone course you might have a longer paper. Remember, a writing course is not required to have more than one official “W” assignment. An instructor, however, could choose to have more than one “W” assignment.
You should care, for several reasons. Number 1, it’s the right thing to do. The University is founded on faith and on reason. If you can’t write, you will be unable to profess your faith. If you can’t write, you will be unable to reason about the growing complexity of the world that you will be entering – globalization, the environment, human rights, the role of government, the role of the family, etc. If you can’t write, you will be crippled in your career and profession. As a matter of fact, you may not even be considered for an interview.
A stakeholder is anyone who has an interest in the QEP. Obviously, students and faculty are stakeholders since they are most directly and immediately impacted by the QEP. Another important stakeholder is Student Life, since writing is intended to affect the student’s entire experience at HBU. The Board of Trustees is also a stakeholder. After all, the Board has oversight for the University, to ensure that the University’s programs are aligned with its mission and vision. Other stakeholders are alumni, employers, and the community in general. For alumni, the quality of recent HBU graduates is very important, since this next generation is a reflection on the alumni. Employers have a stake in the QEP because they will derive a great benefit as they hire a new generation of young people with superior skills in writing and communication. Finally, the community as a whole benefits when young people leave the university prepared to participate in society because writing has sharpened their thinking and speaking.