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QEP MINI-WHITE PAPER INSTRUCTIONS

1. Purpose
The purpose of this request is to obtain Mini-White Papers that identify and provide basic justification for the selection of a topic for the five-year West Georgia Technical College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Research awards ($100) will support the development of the Mini-White Papers. The Mini-White Papers will be reviewed and four Mini-White Papers will be selected for development as more in depth proposals. Research awards ($1,000) will support the development of the Full (10-15 pages) White Papers. Based on those proposals, three viable topics will be reviewed by the QEP Planning Team and one will be nominated as the QEP topic and sent to Senior Staff for approval. After the QEP topic is selected, a QEP Development Team will be established to develop the plan that will be submitted to SACS in the summer of 2012.

2. Background
A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is now required by Core Requirement 2.12 as part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting body for West Georgia Technical College. The QEP is a plan that is a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined issue or issues directly related to improving student learning.

The student learning concept should permeate the goals of the QEP; however, its inclusion can be interpreted broadly. The QEP will be submitted to SACS no later than six weeks prior to the on-site committee visit to campus that will occur in the fall of 2012. The QEP will cover a planning period of at least five years.

The QEP Planning Team, comprised of faculty, staff and administrators throughout the college has been charged with identifying several viable QEP topics, one of which will be selected by the Senior Staff in the summer of 2011. Over the past two months, the QEP Planning Team has been obtaining suggestions from faculty, staff, students, advisory committee members, and administration for potential QEP topics, and has synthesized those suggestions into the following ten categories:
  • Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
  • First Year Experience
  • Instructional Technology
  • Online Learning
  • Social Utility / Information Literacy
  • Strengthening LS English
  • Strengthening LS Math
  • Strengthening LS Reading
  • Student Collaboration
  • Writing Across the Curriculum

A general description of each area and supporting bullet points are included in Appendix A as a starting point. The QEP Planning Team is seeking additional input in the form of proposals on these categories in order to fully assess the potential of each for selection as a QEP topic.
The QEP Planning Team is soliciting Mini-White Papers based on one or more of the selected categories. Research Awards ($100) will support the development of the mini-white papers. The mini-white papers will be reviewed by the QEP Planning Team and four will be selected for development as more in depth White Papers in March. Research awards ($1,000) will support the development of the Full White Papers. Based on those proposals, three viable topics will be reviewed by the QEP Planning Team and one will be nominated as the QEP topic and sent to Senior Staff for approval. After the QEP topic is selected, a QEP Development Team will be established to fully develop the plan that will be submitted to SACS in the summer of 2012.

3. Mini-White Paper Requirements
A Mini-White Paper will focus on one or more topics that support the selected categories listed in section 2. The proposal should then include a general description of the proposed topic and a narrative justification that addresses the following requirements:

  1. The proposed topic is very important for WGTC.
  2. The proposed topic has a strong bearing on affecting student learning in the classroom.
  3. The proposed topic affects a well-defined and large group of credit seeking students.
  4. The proposed topic displays potential for adequate resources.
  5. The justification suggests the level of departmental and unit involvement.
  6. The proposal identifies a way to measure changes in student learning.
  7. The proposed topic is either a new endeavor or a significant extension of ongoing efforts.

The Mini-White Papers must be prepared as an MS Word document with one-inch margins and l2-point Times New Roman font. The Mini-White Papers may not exceed two (2) pages of text, but excluding the submittal form and references.

An individual or team may submit any number of Mini-White Papers; however, there will only be one $100 research award to an individual or team. However, no individual or team will be selected to prepare more than one Full White Paper.

Each Mini-White Paper will be evaluated by the QEP Planning Team. Evaluation of the Mini-White Papers will be conducted under a blind procedure so please do not include your name(s) on the body of the proposals.

 4. Mini-White Paper Submittal Procedures
In order to be considered, Mini-White Papers may be submitted in electronic form as an MS Word document or in paper format. The first page is the Mini-White Paper submission form (see Appendix B). A Mini-White Paper should not exceed two pages, excluding the submittal form and references. Mini-White Papers may be submitted electronically or by sending a printed version to Annie Pool, Arts & Sciences Program Assistant at the LaGrange campus via inter-office mail prior to 5:00 PM on Friday, March 11, 2011.

The Mini-White Paper format includes:

  1. Mini-White Paper submission form
  2. Body (not to exceed two pages)
    1. Category (repeated from submittal form)
    2. Topic (repeated from submittal form)
    3. Description of the topic
    4. Justification (section 4 requirements)
  3. References (if appropriate)

5. Tentative Schedule

March 11, 2011 Mini-White Papers due

March 25, 2011

Full White Paper awards announced