QEP 2016: Tell Us What You Think

The University of Southern Mississippi is in the final phase of identifying the topic for the new Quality Enhancement Plan.  The Quality Enhancement Plan Topic Selection Task Force received over 600 responses during the Call for Topics and 24 proposals from faculty, staff, students, and alumni during the Call for Proposals. Although all of the proposals have promising ideas, we can only have one QEP.  The Task Force reviewed the proposals and identified six to move to the next round – the feedback phase.  The next step is to narrow these six proposals to three.  The QEP Topic Selection Task Force needs your input in determining which will make the best fit for the University’s official QEP.  To do this, we need to hear from you! 

The top six proposals are listed below along with a link to a short abstract describing the proposal and the full proposal document.  Read through the provided materials and evaluate each, keeping the following criteria in mind:

  1. Focus on Student Learning Outcomes or the Student Learning Environment
  2. Evidence of Need at Southern Miss
  3. Alignment with University Mission
  4. Achievability within 5-6 Years
  5. Measurable Goals and Outcomes

Please note that these are concept papers with kernels of ideas.  The focus is still on the topic itself and which is the best fit for Southern Miss at this time.  After the topic is selected, the University will begin the Research and Design Phase to build the specific strategies and initiatives.  This will happen with broad-based input over the next year.

After reading and evaluating, please complete the short form linked below.  You will be asked to identify up to three proposals that you think would make a strong QEP at Southern Miss and why you selected these.  This is a chance for open-ended input.  Your feedback is appreciated, but please submit your recommendations only once.

  1. Curiosity Unfolding: Developing Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
    Abstract | Full Proposal

  2. Golden Opportunity Through Active Learning (GOAL)
    Abstract | Full Proposal

  3. PEMDAS: Putting Emphasis on Mathematical Development and Success
    Abstract | Full Proposal

  4. Rethinking Academic Advising through a Career Development Lens
    Abstract | Full Proposal

  5. Success Matters at Southern Miss – Eagles Engaged
    Abstract | Full Proposal

  6. The Use of High Impact Practices to Increase Critical Thinking in Undergraduate Students
    Abstract | Full Proposal


Click here to give your feedback on the proposals. 


Listening Sessions

There will also be three listening sessions during the week of April 14 for members of the University community to give input.  

Monday, April 14, 2014, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Hall of Honors in the Union, Hattiesburg (Light refreshments provided.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 11:45 - 12:30 p.m. in the FEC 104, Gulf Coast (Lunch provided.  Email SGA-GC President LaQuita Gresham to RSVP.)

Thursday, April 17, 2014, from noon - 1 p.m. in the Hall of Honors in the Union, Hattiesburg (Light refreshments provided.  Brown bag lunches welcomed.)