Whereas, Western Carolina University’s QEP embraces the desire to create a university experience for students that is a comprehensive, holistic, transformative activity that integrates academic learning and student development processes that have often been considered separate, and even independent of each other.
Whereas, WCU’s retention and graduation rates suggest that students need to connect experiences in the classroom and in the field to facilitate their learning and develop a plan that will take them through the university experience and its key decision points to degree completion and a career or further education.
Whereas, a challenge exists in higher education as it pertains to life or career-based education – in particular, how an institution of higher education can build upon well established pedagogical strategies and help students intentionally integrate their exploration of life and career-based choices.
Whereas, changes in curricula, advising, pedagogy, student life, and other areas have each led to some improvement in the synthesis of college students, no single approach has produced significant advancement.
Whereas, the QEP will function as the framework for infusing synthesis intentionally and systematically within the broader curricular and co-curricular frameworks.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Staff Forum hereby supports the concepts of the Quality Enhancement Plan at Western Carolina University.