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Quality Enhancement Plan

Table A.
Instructional Methods and Campus Activities Contributing to QEP Outcomes*

Student Outcomes Examples of Instructional Methods and Campus Activities*
Acquire rigorous, discipline-specific inquiry skills
  • Collaborating with community partners (CPs) to define research questions*
  • Compose a research or design proposal*
  • Revision of proposals based on feedback
  • Gathering and analyzing data
 
Apply theories to, or construct models for, real world problems
  • Literature reviews
  • Collaborating with CPs to define research questions*
  • Research and design proposals*
 
Acquire enhanced ability to interact with, and present work effectively to, audiences beyond the academic community
  • Classroom and/or site-based interviews of CPs*
  • Shadowing CPs at research site
  • Collaborating with CPs to define research questions*
  • Collaborating with CPs to gather and analyze data
  • Oral presentation of research proposals
  • Cain Project coaching sessions
  • Juried presentation of fi nal product/report*
 
Consider a vital connection to urban Houston to be a distinctive feature of a Rice education
  • Use of Passport
  • CIC sponsored volunteer opportunities
  • Leadership Rice internships
  • Gateway courses
  • QEP Site Visits
  • Leadership Rice mentors' program
  • Career Services' Joint Venture Liberal Arts Internships
  • School of Humanities' Poverty Studies Program
  • Community-based research and design projects
  • Urban Immersion
  • Museum District programs
 
Better understand the roles that larger communities play in their education and life after graduation
  • Reflection activities/assignments*
  • CIC sponsored volunteer opportunities
  • Leadership Rice mentors' program
  • Gateway courses
  • Community-based research and design projects
  • Urban Immersion
  • Civic Engagement Mentors
  • Career Services' Public Service Initiative
 
Develop a culture of civic engagement across the Rice academic community
  • Student research symposia
  • Faculty seminars on the pedagogy of community-based research
  • Civic engagement and research lectures in the Colleges
  • Increase the number of faculty teaching QEP Courses
  • Leadership Rice programs
  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • Gateway courses
  • Community-based research and design projects
  • Career Services' Public Service Initiative
 
Foster and develop enduring relationships between the university and community organizations, and between individual faculty and community organizations
  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • QEP Courses
  • Community Involvement Center programs
  • Leadership Rice
  • Summer research fellows
  • Pursuit of joint grants with community organizations
 
Support and increase participation in undergraduate volunteer organizations that assist with the problems addressed by civic organizations in Houston
  • Community Involvement Center programs
  • Summer research fellows
  • Civic Engagement Mentors
  • Internships sponsored by the School of Humanities' Poverty Studies Program
  • Rice On Board (Leadership Rice program)
 
Leverage Rice university's intellectual capital for the benefit of our city, our local economy, and our quality of life
  • Center for Civic Engagement outreach
  • QEP Courses and community-based projects
  • QEP course development grants
  • QEP summer research grants
  • CIC programs
 

* The instructional methods listed above are not exhaustive but, rather, examples of those indicated in discussions of the Faculty Advisory Group. Except where indicated (*), choice of instructional methods will remain the discretion of QEP course instructors