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Timeline

The CHOICES program was launched in April of 2011 during Student Showcase. We held our first annual ethical case study competition and offered an Ethics Bowl led by students enrolled in a philosophy class. Required elements of the CHOICES program are being implemented in stages over the next three academic years, thus ensuring that every first-year student who entered William Peace University in the fall of 2011 will participate in all required components of the program by the time of graduation. This enables us to collect two years of longitudinal summative data on students who have participated in the program prior to submitting the five-year follow-up report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A brief summary of each year is provided below. Implementation details are found in Chapter 6, Actions to be implemented. A detailed timeline that includes student learning outcomes, implementation strategies, responsible parties, assessment and resources is located in Appendix E.

Year 1, 2010-2011: Planning and Launch Planning Activities 2010-2011

All planning activities were completed by June 30, 2011 including:

  • Design of the CHOICES implementation strategies
  • Identification of assessment strategies and tools
  • Design of Student Orientation (summer and fall sessions)
  • Development of learning activities for PSS 100 course
  • Development of training programs for student leaders including Resident Assistants, Student Government Officers and President's Ambassadors
  • Design of an information sharing and marketing program
  • Appointment of a CHOICES Implementation Team to oversee the QEP implementation

Launch Activities 2010-2011

  • The QEP was launched on April 14, 2011 at our annual Student Showcase event with the following activities: Opening Ceremony introduction of the QEP topic, Ethical Case Study Competition, Ethics Bowl, and CHOICES logo cups
  • In May, we implemented training programs for faculty and staff teaching PSS 100

Year 2, 2011-2012

  • Implemented Orientation programming related to CHOICES - July and August, 2011
  • Collected baseline data related to student learning outcomes - July and August 2011
  • Implemented marketing strategies - July 2011 through June 2012
  • Provided training related to CHOICES for student leaders - August 2011
  • Provided professional development to faculty for ethical case study development and use of the ethical reasoning rubric - August 2011
  • Implemented PSS 100 course for all incoming first-year students - August 2011
  • Collect assessment data from first-year students related to Student Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3 - ongoing throughout the year
  • Finalize all CHOICES elements of PSS 300 course - by June 30, 2012

Year 3, 2012-2013

  • Continue all strategies implemented in 2011-2012
  • Train faculty teaching PSS 300 - May 2012
  • Implement PSS 300 - August 2012 (the course will be offered primarily for transfers at this point with entering first-year students from 2011 taking the course during the 2013-2014 academic year)
  • Finalize all assignments related to CHOICES for PHL 400 and ENG 400 lab - by June 2012

Year 4, 2013-2014

  • Continue all strategies implemented in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013
  • Train PHL 400 and ENG 400 lab faculty - May 2013
  • Implement PHL 400 and ENG 400 lab - August 2013 (entering students from the fall of 2011 planning to graduate in 3 years will take PHL 400 and ENG 400 lab during the 2013-2014 year; those planning to graduate in 4 years will take the course in the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Collect posttest assessments - April 2014 (and ongoing every year thereafter)

During the 2013-14 (students entering in 2011 and graduating in three years) and 2014-15 years, we will have our first graduates from William Peace University that have participated in the CHOICES program. By the time our five-year report is due to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, we will have two years of longitudinal data for students who completed all of the required elements of our program.

Appendix E outlines a comprehensive timeline related to implementation and assessment of the CHOICES program as follows:

  • column one shows the student learning outcomes (SLOs)
  • column two shows the relevant implementation strategies to achieve the SLOs and the academic years during which each strategy will be first implemented (with continuing implementation each academic year thereafter)
  • column three shows the person responsible for each portion of implementation or assessment
  • column four shows the resources needed to implement the strategies and assessment
  • column five shows assessment measures
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