The Quality Enhancement Plan is an initiative focused on enhancement of student learning through experiential learning opportunities. This plan is especially directed to the needs of upper-division students completing their coursework. The theme of QEP is the AGORA Project.
The theme of the QEP draws upon the imagery of the classical city-states of ancient Greece. The agora was the marketplace located in the very heart of the city, where commerce, business, politics, recreation, and other communications took place. Although teachers would instruct students in school buildings, such as porticos or the stoa, the concerns of trade and commerce took place in the agora. Similarly, the Florida College QEP helps students connect academic theory with the practical concerns of real-world problems, contexts and situations.
The AGORA Project stands for Academically Grounded Opportunities for Real-world Accomplishments. The AGORA is a systematic, institutionally-supported plan to develop, support, and assess experiential learning at Florida College, consistent with the school’s mission. The AGORA project is in its fifth and final year of development. An impact report for SACSCOC will be submitted in September.
Experiential learning at Florida College will take many forms, such as internships, service learning, assorted types of field experiences, student research, civic engagement, creative projects, and other experiences that will enhance student learning. The QEP consists of three central elements:
- Internships in most academic programs. These internships will be carefully designed and include formal assessments.
- Field Experience Course in each program that consists primarily of experiential learning opportunities
- Infusion of experiential learning opportunities (ELOs) across the curriculum, with formal assessment – such as a reflective paper or portfolio – taking place in a senior-level course, such as a capstone or seminar.
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