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Organizational Structure

The CHOICES program is housed in the Provost's Office. The Provost at William Peace University oversees Academic and Student Services and serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the University. (See Appendix F for a William Peace University Organizational Chart.) The CHOICES program is similar to other academic and student development programs on the Peace campus such as International Studies and Honors. Each of these programs has a director or program coordinator with designated job responsibilities to oversee program development, implementation, and assessment. The CHOICES program is directed by the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Instruction (ADAAI) who reports to the Provost. The ADAAI has access to an administrative assistant shared with the Provost. Some duties of this assistant (e.g., support of the International Studies program, support of Division Chairs) have been reassigned to allow the administrative assistant to support both the Provost and ADAAI. The Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Instruction is also supported in her work by the CHOICES Implementation Team. The Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Instruction also has budget authority for CHOICES expenditures.

CHOICES Implementation Team

The CHOICES Implementation Team is comprised of four former members of the QEP Team including the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (co-chair of the QEP Team and Chair of the CHOICES Implementation Team), Assistant Dean for Campus Life, the Director of Career Services, and the Director of Institutional Research (QEP Team Chair) and two new members, a faculty member teaching PSS 100 and a member of the Student and Academic Services staff. Each member of the CHOICES Implementation Team has specific roles and responsibilities related to implementation and evaluation of the CHOICES program. The team meets monthly to discuss issues that arise and monitor progress of the implementation and training efforts.

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Instruction (ADAAI): The Assistant Dean serves as the Director of the CHOICES Program. The ADAAI is assigned 20% of time to manage implementation of the program. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Chairs the CHOICES Implementation Team
    • Leads CHOICES Implementation Team meetings
    • Communicates with the campus community about CHOICES
  • Program Development/Curriculum
    • Coordinates with faculty or staff in charge of teaching or leading the required components (Orientation, PSS 100, PSS 300, PHL 400 and ENG 400-L) to ensure appropriate implementation
    • Recruits faculty and staff to teach the PSS 100 course
    • Works collaboratively with the Director of Career Services to develop and revise, as needed, the ethical decision-making content of PSS 300
  • Training
    • Develops and implements training related to CHOICES programming for faculty teaching in PSS 100, PSS 300, PHL 400 and ENG 400 lab
    • Develops and implements training for CHOICES Orientation programming
    • Trains faculty serving as graders for the ethical reasoning grading rubric; oversees grading
    • Provides professional development for faculty and staff who want to implement ethical case studies in their existing courses
  • Assessment - Collects data related to evaluating the QEP including
    • Student conduct and academic honor code violations (provided by the ADCL)
    • Pretest and posttest data for the ethical decision making knowledge test
    • Pre- and posttest data for the ethical reasoning rubric in PSS 100 and PHL 400
  • Evaluation
    • Collaborates with the Director of Institutional Research to prepare a yearly summary of CHOICES data
    • Prepares the 5-year report for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Director of Institutional Research. The Director of IR leads the campus effort to understand trends and data related to inputs, outputs and student learning outcomes. Specific responsibilities related to the QEP include:

  • Training - assists the ADAAI with development and implementation of training for all required elements of the CHOICES program
  • Assessment
    • Works collaboratively with the ADAAI to determine appropriate evaluation methods for the CHOICES program
    • Designs the EDM knowledge pretest and posttest
    • Designs the EDM grading rubric (collaboratively with the ADAAI)
    • Collects data: VIA, BCSSE, NSSE, CLA
    • Creates a data file for all QEP data collected across campus
    • Analyzes QEP effectiveness
    • Provides the ADAAI with data to prepare the QEP 5-year follow-up report
  • Serves as a member of the CHOICES Implementation Team

Assistant Dean for Campus Life (ADCL). The Assistant Dean for Campus Life oversees residence life and works with the Director of Student Activities to train student leaders for their roles in CHOICES program. Specific responsibilities of the ACDL related to CHOICES include:

  • Training - Develops and provides CHOICES training for staff and students involved in leading Orientation
  • Program Development - Works with the Director of Student Activities to develop Orientation modules consistent with the CHOICES program (e.g., ethical case study, VIA activity)
  • Assessment
    • Assists with data collection during Orientation
    • Ensures that data related to the CHOICES program that comes from the campus life area (e.g. student conduct violations) gets collected and forwarded to the CHOICES Implementation Team
  • Serves as a member of the CHOICES Implementation Team

Director of Student Activities. The Director of Student Activities oversees new student orientation and works with the Assistant Dean of Campus Life (ADCL) to train student leaders for their roles in CHOICES program. Specific responsibilities of the Director of Student Activities related to CHOICES include:

  • Training - Works with the ADCL to develop and provide CHOICES training for staff and students involved in leading Orientation
  • Program Development - Works with the Assistant Dean of Campus Life to develop Orientation modules consistent with the CHOICES program (e.g., ethical case study, VIA activity)
  • Assessment - Assists with data collection during Orientation
  • Serves as a member of the CHOICES Implementation Team

Director of Career Services. The Director of Career Services has primary responsibility for designing and delivering the PSS 300 class. Duties related to the CHOICES program include:

  • Program Development/ Curriculum - Works collaboratively with the ADAAI to develop and revise, as needed, the ethical decision-making content of PSS 300
  • Training - Works collaboratively with the ADAAI to develop CHOICES training materials for faculty and staff teaching PSS 300
  • Assessment - Assigns and scores EDM case studies for formative assessment; shares results with ADAAI
  • Serves as a member of the CHOICES Implementation Team

Faculty member. Faculty representation will assure a conduit of communication between faculty teaching in the CHOICES program and the CHOICES Implementation Team. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Program Development/ Curriculum - Works collaboratively with the ADAAI to develop and revise, as needed, the ethical decision-making content of PSS 100, PSS 300, PHL 400, and ENG 400-lab
  • Communication - Provides regular updates to faculty at the Faculty Assembly
  • Serves as a member of the CHOICES Implementation Team
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