Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity

Mississippi University for Women Quality Enhancement Plan

Read the MUW Quality Enhancement Plan Proposal: "Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity" (.pdf)

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Executive Summary

In a world that quickly changes, students need to know how to ask good questions and find or form answers for themselves. The Mississippi University for Women Quality Enhancement Plan, entitled Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity, aims to support MUW' s Mission to provide high-quality undergraduate education by creating a culture of intellectual engagement that will help students to understand how they learn, promote active learning, and support students as they pursue their intellectual interests, both in and out of the classroom. By encouraging student engagement and active learning, we will encourage the development of self-motivated learners-students who produce knowledge rather than passively consume it. Students will take ownership of their own learning by mastering necessary skills, processes, and tools needed to develop and articulate relevant questions, determine how to approach problems, conduct appropriate research, and discover and report the findings.

QEP Student Learning Outcomes:

An intellectually curious MUW student will be able to:

1. Develop relevant and valid research questions.
2. Effectively pursue answers and solutions to their own questions, problems, scenarios, or lines of inquiry.
3. Produce and author knowledge by exploring open-ended questions, problems, scenarios, or lines of inquiry.

Projected Benefits to Student Learning

  • Further development of the "personalized learning environment'' for which MUW is known. The QEP will encourage increased faculty/ student and peer contact outside the classroom and encourage more interaction within the classroom.
  • Increased opportunity to engage in undergraduate research.
  • Increased opportunity to engage in internships.
  • Development of problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  • Participation in discussions that focus on self-reflection and the personal nature of learning.

 

Projected Benefits for Faculty and Staff

  • Increased support for our focus on teaching, specifically learning about new pedagogies and promoting techniques that work at MUW.
  • Availability of grant funds to support innovative teaching and taking students out of the classroom.
  • Recognition for innovative teaching.
  • Increased opportunity for faculty mentorship and peer teaching observations.
  • Increased academic engagement on the part of students.
  • Opportunities for professional development and networking with colleagues.
  • Improved campus environment that better supports the intellectual pursuits of our community.

 

Read the MUW Quality Enhancement Plan Proposal: "Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity" (.pdf)

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