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In addition to the CHOICES Implementation Team, implementation of the CHOICES program will be supported by approximately fifteen additional faculty and staff members who will be leading Orientation activities or teaching sections of PSS 100, PSS 300, PHL 400, or ENG 400-Lab. About 35% of the full-time faculty at Peace will teach in required elements of the CHOICES program. All instructors teaching in the CHOICES program will go through training designed and led by the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (ADAAI). In addition to leading the QEP implementation, the ADAAI also bears responsibilities related to academic program assessment, oversight of the Portfolio Seminar Series, and development of a teaching and learning center. This three-fold focus on understanding teaching pedagogies, providing professional development based on those pedagogies, and assessing student learning provides a comprehensive foundation for leadership of the CHOICES program.
As described in Chapter 8, Organizational Structure, five members of the CHOICES Implementation Team also bear direct responsibility for program implementation or assessment. All of these members of the CHOICES Implementation Team are housed in the Provost's area which will help ensure collaborative efforts and strong lines of communication. All full-time faculty and staff are expected to serve on at least one institutional or faculty team each year. The CHOICES Implementation Team is considered an institutional team and responsibility for oversight of this team rests with the Provost. The Provost and the ADAAI share an assistant who can provide administrative support to the CHOICES program. See Appendix F for a William Peace University Organizational chart.
Infusion of the QEP into Existing Courses
Implementation of the QEP is occurring largely through existing programming and classes, minimizing the need for new budget support and ensuring the ability of the University to maintain our programming over time. Of the four required elements of the CHOICES program, three -- including first-year student Orientation, PSS 100 (formerly labeled ADV 100) and PHL 400 -- have existed at Peace for a number of years but are being revamped to incorporate CHOICES. PSS 300 and ENG 400-Lab (which supports the writing assignments in PHL 400) were already designated for addition to the liberal education curriculum based on a 2010-2011 review of our liberal education requirements and student learning goals. Infusing the implementation strategies into existing and recently-approved programming enables Peace to effectively support the QEP initiatives with existing personnel and minimize new expenses.
When reviewing best practices, it became clear that multiple opportunities for learning distributed across courses and class years would provide the best student learning outcomes. This trend convinced us to incorporate CHOICES into existing courses that had compatible learning goals without requiring that the course abandon other important learning objectives unrelated to the QEP.