As part of its Fifth-Year Interim Report, submitted in March 2019, UMW provided a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Impact Report documenting the results of a five-year QEP that was focused on strengthening the first-year seminar course and improving the learning outcomes achieved by students in those courses. The QEP Impact report was written by Professor P. Anand Rao (QEP Director) with assistance from Keith Mellinger (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and former QEP Director), Tim O’Donnell, and John Morello.
The 10-page report that addressed these four points:
- the initial goals and intended outcomes of the QEP;
- a discussion of changes made and the reasons for those changes;
- a description of the QEP’s impact; and
- a reflection on what the institution has learned as a result of the QEP experience.
UMW’s impact report was accepted. The reviewing committee made the following comments:
The institution has adequately described the initial goals and intended outcomes of its QEP, has discussed the limited changes made in the QEP, discussed the impact on student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning, and has described what the institution has learned as a result of the QEP experience.
Read the full QEP impact report.
The QEP has transitioned to the First-Year Experience program, led by Dr. April Wynn, Assistant Professor of Biology. A number of the elements of the QEP have been institutionalized, including providing students with an FSEM in their first semester, assigning the FSEM instructor as the student’s academic advisor, and using online learning modules to support research, writing, and speaking skill development. Among the first tasks will be the evaluation and refresh of existing modules, as we well as the development of new modules. She will also work closely with the faculty, Deans, and department chairs, as well as the Offices of Residence Life, Academic Services, Orientation, and Student Involvement as UMW strives to further develop the experiences of our first-year students.