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Quality Enhancement Plan

Prepare students to think critically about community issues.

 

A+CE focuses on the curricular experience of the first 2 years for First​​​ Time in College (FTIC) students' academic career at University of Houston-Downtown.​

Critical Thinking (one of the learning outcomes of Texas Common Core)

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) defines critical thinking as creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Community Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation defines community engagement as "collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."  Within the scope of this QEP, community engagement will also encompass both the identification and analysis of community issues. ​​​

​​Student Focus​

​Faculty Focus​

​How do I earn an Engaged Scholar Badge?

Be an Engaged Scholar by taking a minimum of four A+CE courses during your first two years at UHD, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 with a minimum of one 'C' in the A+CE ​ courses.

Which courses will lead me to become an Engaged Scholar?

Look for courses that indicate the A+CE  designation.

How does this benefit me in my academic and professional career?

  • You will develop 21st century skills in critical thinking that employers seek in candidates
  • Your Engaged Scholar designation will be reflected on a co-curricular transcript.
  • You will receive recognition by the university.

How can I participate in the QEP?

What are the requirements for A+CE  designated courses? 

​How does this relate to Texas Common Core?

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) defines critical thinking as creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.


 


Last updated 9/8/2017 7:10 AM