Congratulations to Tusculum College student Beth Anne Collins, the first place winner in the Tusculum College Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Logo Design contest. Collins, a freshman from Afton, received a $50 cash prize and will see her logo used in promotional materials for the College’s QEP, which is focused on Problem Solving with Reflective Judgment.
Collins received her prize and recognition at the Spirit Week Ice Cream Social held on Friday and was presented her award by Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology and the QEP Director for the College.
Congratulations also goes to the three finalists who were recognized as well, Nathan Carver, sophomore arts and design major from Clarksville; Tylan Adams, junior arts and design major from Greeneville, and Brooke Wedding, senior arts and design major from Chuckey. Garris told the gathered crowd that the judges had a very difficult decision among the four very talented finalists.
The QEP is intended to be an ongoing plan to improve an aspect of higher education as part of the re-affirmation of accreditation process for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). After much brainstorming and research, culminating in an institution-wide vote, Problem Solving with Reflective Judgment was selected as Tusculum College’s QEP topic and is consistent with the College’s mission and purpose statements.
To begin the improvement process and help students with problem solving and reflective judgment, faculty development will be provided to equip professors in targeted courses to teach using problem-based learning, case-study method and reasoning through moral and ethical dilemmas. Next, having practiced with problem solving and reflective judgment in the classroom, students will address “problem-solving in the world.” In this phase, Tusculum’s current service learning programs, independently conducted research projects and internships will be retooled to more intentionally integrate, advance and measure reflective judgment.
For more information on the QEP or Problem Solving with Reflective Judgment, contact Dr. Garris at Ext. 5298.