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February 23, 2011
QEP team still on hunt for topic
During free period Feb. 14 in the
Bobby Bragan Fellowship Hall, stu-
dents put a face to the opinions they
expressed in the recent Quality En-
hancement Plan online survey.
Eighteen students arrived to share
Pizza Hut pizza and discuss ideas they
have to improve student learning.
This was one of many focus groups.
Other groups were made up of faculty
Professor of English and chair of the
QEP team, Elizabeth Battles, said the
reason for these focus groups is to get
further input from students, faculty
and staff to choose a topic for the QEP.
"We have to get input from all the
different constituencies to choose
a topic because the topic has to be
something the university agrees on,'
Battles said. "In order to agree on
something you all have to be involved
in the choosing of it,"
She said ultimately the QEP team
may not even pick a topic discussed
by the focus groups, but it is best to
have as much input as possible.
Battles said the Texas Wesleyan ac-
crediting agency, the Commission on
College of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools, requires ev-
ery college to give students, faculty
and staff the opportunity to partici-
pate in choosing the topic they use.
"As many people as possible need to
have a voice," Battles said.
She said the importance of hearing
from everybody in choosing the topic
is to understand why people choose
the answers they do when taking sur-
"We want to be better," Battles said.
"We want to have a better prepared
Associate Provost Helena Bussell
said surveys do not always get the de-
sired number of responders nor do
the surveys provide an understanding
of the reasoning behin d the choice of
"The focus groups help us to reach
more students and create a diversity of
students," Bussell said. "We're trying to
see if there are certain common topics
the majority of people talk about that
they feel need improvement."
Bussell said the QEP team is seek-
ing a topic or issue that can be tackled
She said more variety of students
needs to participate in surveys con-
cerning improvements to student
"The more we can get to par-
ticipate, the better," Bussell said.
"We don't want just freshmen or
just traditional age students. We
want transfer students, graduate
students a variety of ages and aca-
demic programs are represented as
Michelle Rigual, director of the
law library, professor of law and
QEP team committee member,
said surveys are not controllable
because the responses cannot be
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(from left) Junior Dominique Chambers, senior Donna Becker and unior Melinda Garner share Pizza Hut pizza
at one of many Quality Enhancement Plan focus group sessions. Students at the session were able to voice and
expand upon the suggestions they'd expressed in a survey given online earlier in the semester.
"You can't really ask anything
in-depth or probing," she said.
"Free response seems to not even
be in complete English. It's re-
ally important to talk to people so
you can hear the totality of what
they're thinking. Not short hand
versions of it."
Rigual said if responders be-
lieves the survey to be too long or
uninteresting they may stop taking
the survey causing the information
to be useless. She also said people
seem to provide more information
when speaking to a human and
not checking boxes.
"What I've learned since do-
ing them is that people are much
more willing to share a lot of in-
formation with you as an indi-
vidual maybe because they prefer
the personal interaction or maybe
because there's a sense of someone
actually cares about the answer,"
Rigual said. "Definitely people
have provided a lot more informa-
tion than they did on the survey."
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quality of education."
Allen Henderson, provost
and senior vice president, said
Wesleyan's size allows stu-
dents to participate, become
leaders, form friendships as
well as develop character and
other personal qualities that
will help them succeed in the
One program only offered
locally at Texas Christian Uni-
versity and Texas Wesleyan, is
the Air Force ROTC program.
"I came [to Wesleyan] be-
cause I got a scholarship for
ROTC," Kelsi Holland, fresh-
man political science major
Wesleyan also offers a va-
riety of sports for athletes on
campus to become a part of—
some offering partial and full
"I was recruited from
Southwest Christian for
track," Deserae Davis, sopho-
more exercise science major
Focusing on more than just
academics, faculty and staff at
Wesleyan have been trying to
make Wesleyan a more enjoy-
able full college experience for
on-campus and commuter
"I think that's really what
our mission is all about
making sure we prepare our
students appropriately, intel-
lectually through their class-
room experience, but also so-
cially and community wise,"
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