Note from Dean Ramsay

September 24, 2010

Dear Brite Students,
I have pasted in below a document that I distributed to students at today’s community conversation.
This document describes a major focus for Brite’s faculty this year and in the next several years as we invite students and alums and denomination partners especially  to participate in helping us develop a plan for strengthening integrative learning across the curriculum for students. As you know, your vocations whether in congregations or classrooms will require you to draw from the range of disciplines you study here at Brite and make responses that integrate those diverse resources.
A task force composed of faculty and students is working to develop a plan to enhance integrative learning. One of our goals is to invite conversation partners in this task. We are forming focus groups among several constituencies. We are also using a link on the Brite website to allow interested persons to leave feedback on the proposals that we will take to the task force please bookmark: www.brite.edu/QEP

For now, if you are a MACS or MDiv student and would be interested in participating in the student focus group, please contact one of the two students leading that effort: Quinn Garcia (q.garcia@tcu.edu) or Christal Fisher (c.o.fisher@tcu.edu)

If you have further questions about the QEP and our work in integrative learning please feel free to be in touch with me as well.
Thanks very much,
Nancy Ramsay

Executive Vice President and Dean
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care
Brite Divinity School
TCU Box 298130
Fort Worth, TX 76129
817-257-7577
n.ramsay@tcu.edu

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Brite’s Topic
3/23/2009 began two rounds of consultation with faculty and constituency groups
12/14/2009 Brite’s faculty confirmed their decision to focus on enhancing students’ abilities to learn integratively across the curriculum.

Quality Enhancement Plan Task Force
Co-Chairs:
Dr. Jim Duke and Dr. Joretta Marshall

Faculty:
Dr. Toni Craven, I. Wylie and Elizabeth M. Brisco Professor of Hebrew Bible
Dr. Keri Day, Theological and Social Ethics and Director of the Black Church Studies Program

Students:
Leonard D’acy
Maziel Dani
Quinn Garcia

Timeline for developing the Proposal July 2010-February 2011
July-September: gathering data and consultation
Organizing meeting
Consultation with SACS liaison
Approval of Wabash Small Grant and appointment of Consultant to the
Taskforce, Dr. Jack Seymour, Garrett Theological Seminary
Faculty Retreat focusing on QEP topic
Review of literature and best practices for integrative learning
Questionnaires to students and alums
Focus groups: Alums, Students, denominational representatives, TRG leaders
Faculty Areas- September 16th 11am

October-November: draft for community response
Continuing consultation with constituency focus groups and
Faculty Areas 10/21
Presentation to the Brite Board of Trustees

December-January: second draft
Consultation with constituency focus groups and Faculty

February 7: Submission of full report to SACS

March 22-24 Site Visit by ATS and SACS focusing on QEP

Community Participation in QEP Development
On the www.brite.edu/QEP site the Taskforce will post more information and opportunities for persons to share ideas directly with the Task Force about our QEP plan. The site will be reviewed regularly so that ideas can be shared with the Task Force.

Summary of key points for QEP

Characteristics of the Plan
1.      Focused by Student Learning
2.      Topic represents an important focus for student learning
3.      Represents an institutional commitment over at least several years
4.      Topic chosen consultatively among constituencies with priority for faculty preference
5.      Plan developed consultatively with campus constituencies and with faculty leadership
6.      Recursive rather than linear process
7.      Well-researched from applicable literature
8.      Well defined goals and timeline for implementation strategies
9.      Assure institutional capacity to develop, implement, and sustain the QEP
10.  Assessment plan for evaluating success

Steps in the Process of Developing the Plan by Leadership Team
1.      Define the student learning outcomes we seek that reflect benefits to be derived
2.      Gather data through literature reviews and consultation regarding resources available
3.      Develop an implementation plan and timeline across 4-5 years
4.      Identify the institutional process for implementing the plan and secure resources to support implementation (personnel, budget, oversight, and so forth)
5.      Multifaceted evaluation of QEP with formative and summative assessment

Focus Groups

Focus groups will be one of the important ways the task force will involve the Brite community and learn from the community. Currently we plan for representative groups of 7-9 persons including groups of MDiv and MACS students, Alums, and denominational partners (drawn from our 5 denominational study programs) to meet possibly three times across the fall and early winter. We will also be in conversation with TRG leaders. The student groups will be co-led by Quinn Garcia and Christal Fisher and Bryan Feille and Nancy Ramsay will co-lead the Alum and Denominational partner groups.

The focus group conversations will address matters that inform the QEP focus of integrative learning across the MDiv curriculum. Initially that may well mean gathering initial ideas about integrative learning. Later, we’ll be sharing drafts of the QEP proposal and gathering feedback.

QEP Website Link and Your Participation
www.brite.edu/QEP is the site where you can track the progress of the conversations in Focus groups and the surveys that will be sent to all students and alums. We will post information as we gather it. You will be able to share your response to any of this. We’ll be checking this site regularly and taking the ideas to the task force.

Drafts of the QEP proposal will also be posted here for your review and response
Regards,

On the Brite Side


Brite Student Association
of Brite Divinity School
http://brite.edu