SACS QEP Exploratory Committee

Minutes of the Meeting
(Meeting # 14)
April 27, 2011

Samford Hall, Room 107

Sushil Bhavnani (Chair), Marcia Boosinger, Katelyn Boston, Raj Chaudhury, Drew Clark (SACS Liaison, ex-officio), Deedie Dowdle, Charles Eick, Stephen Erath, Paul Harris, Andy Gillespie, Constance Hendricks, Steve Inabinet, Kathryn Jarvis, Iryna Johnson, Kim Key, Kevin Phelps, Shirley Scott-Harris

The meeting was called to order at 1:35pm.

Minutes of the meeting dated April 6, 2011 (Meeting #13) were approved unanimously as submitted.

Sushil announced that this might be the last formal meeting of the committee, with the final committee report writing occurring by email.

Sushil distributed the collective ratings of the seven full QEP proposals to the committee for their consideration. On behalf of the full committee, he thanked Iryna Johnson for pulling together all the data for proposal evaluation very quickly and for providing the committee with data throughout its existence.

Discussion of the proposals ensued. Drew Clark reminded the Committee that they should be able to answer yes to each of these questions about each of the recommended proposals:

1. Has the proposal identified a key issue emerging from standard institutional assessments, focusing on learning outcomes and accomplishing the mission of Auburn University?

2. Will it be possible to initiate, implement and complete the proposal even if resources shrink, i.e., can the proposal be scaled back?

3. Will there be broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP?

4. Does the proposal identify goals and a plan to assess them?

Having established a quorum, the Committee voted unanimously that the four top-rated proposals should be recommended for consideration to the Senior Leadership Team (President, Provost, Executive Vice President, elected Chairperson of the University Faculty and the campus SACS Liaison). The Committee felt that the selection of The Auburn University Global Leadership Challenge, The E-Portfolio Project: Communicating Learning the Auburn Way, Financial Literacy for Today’s Citizen, and REACT: REsearch ACTive Students and Faculty would provide a diversity of topic and scope for the Senior Leadership Team to consider.

The Committee discussed the process for notifying proposal authors of the results and disseminating information regarding the four proposals chosen to go forward to the Leadership Team. Authors will be contacted by Sushil to inform them of the results of the Committee’s deliberations. The proposal ratings will be included. The ratings will also appear in the Committee’s final report and on the QEP website. The public announcement of the four proposals selected will made be sometime through channels that have been used to distribute all other QEP information during the week of May 2.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

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