In 2013, UVa-Wise began work on a comprehensive Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that would satisfy requirements for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accrediting body, and provide a framework for improving student learning outcomes and the student learning environment at the College.
Through extensive surveys and conversations among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the UVa-Wise Board, a focus and plan on improving students’ writing in their majors emerged. Entitled “Wise Writes,” the QEP builds on the College’s efforts in teaching writing both in general education and the majors by improving and expanding the writing center; adding upper level writing-intensive courses; engaging faculty in learning new modalities of teaching writing in their disciplines and the development of discipline-specific writing guides; and securing expert leadership to guide the entire initiative.
Based on evidence-based, best practices, “Wise Writes” also includes a rigorous evaluation plan and process for continuous improvement. Full implementation begins in FY2017.
The documents you will find on these pages reflect our best hopes for ourselves as well as for those we serve – our students and the citizens of our region and the Commonwealth.