QEP focuses on writing
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Students have noticed flyers hanging in classrooms and heard explanations by professors of the seminary’s newly devised Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which will focus on improving students’ research and writing skills. The institution-wide, ongoing planning and evaluation process aims to improve student learning in the area of written communication with a focus on research-based writing (RBW).
Three primary areas will be the focal points of the QEP: research, resources and reporting. Students will learn how to develop focused research paper topics and find the necessary resources required to investigate the topics. Once this research phase is complete, students will then work toward reporting their research in a manner that presents a clear and persuasive argument supported by the data.
In light of programs already in place at both the undergraduate and doctoral levels to improve the written communication/RBW skills of students at those levels, the institution has chosen to narrow its focus to improving the RBW skills of master’s level students, the largest block of students at Southwestern. The topic chosen was RBW under the title, “As You Go, Write: Communicating the Word to the World.”
The QEP topic is an outgrowth of the institution’s strategic plan whose mission statement reads: “Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary assists the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by the biblical education of God-called men and women for their respective ministries, which fulfill the Great Commission and glorify God.”