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Quality Enhancement Plan

Last updated December 2012.

Experienced@Coastal

In preparation for Coastal's SACSCOC review, the planning for our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), entitled "Experienced@Coastal," has been in high gear throughout the summer. The original QEP proposal, entitled "E3: Enriching Educational Experiences," was selected with faculty, student, and staff input and approved by the Board of Trustees in February of 2011. Though the name has been changed in favor of a less mysterious title, the content of our QEP is still focused on expanding and enhancing our experiential learning opportunities leading to improved student learning. Learn more about the "Experienced@Coastal" initiative at the Experiential Learning website.

Statement of Purpose:

Coastal Carolina University has chosen Experienced@Coastal as its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP); The fundamental purpose of Experienced@Coastal is to strengthen the abilities of students to link theory with practice by expanding and enhancing Experiential Learning (EL) across the University's educational programs.

Students will have a heightened sense of value, relevance and advantage of their collegiate studies to life beyond the university through the implementation of the QEP; To be successful as a transformation of academics at the University, the QEP will mobilize all constituencies invested in student learning to develop and implement the curricular changes needed to move EL to the forefront of education at the University.


Brief Overview

The program will provide for and assess student experiential learning (EL) at three levels: Planning, Acting, and Reflecting.

  1. Planning: At the UNIV 110 and continuing advising levels students will investigate EL opportunities and select target activities consistent with their identified academic and career goals.
  2. Acting: Students will be encouraged to participate in at least one (and potentially many) EL-designated courses offered throughout their university career. These courses will be proposed and identified by faculty, who will receive training in EL best practices and shared elements required by the QEP.
  3. Reflecting: During and following their EL activities, students will reflect upon the impact of those experiences and the knowledge/skills gained through specific assessments.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1. Students participate in experiential learning activities that complement and build on the knowledge and skills relevant to their academic program and/or career goals.

SLO 1.1. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills obtained through participation in experiential learning activities that are relevant/pertinent to their academic programs and/or career goals.

Goal 2. Students critically reflect on the relationship between and among experiential learning, their academic experience and the world in which they live.

SLO 2.1. Students will demonstrate a high level of comprehension and skill in connecting theory with practice which is correlated to their level of participation in Experiential Learning activities.

SLO 2.2. Students will compare and contrast their expected learning to their actual learning derived from Experiential Learning activities.

SLO 2.3. Students will reflect on the impact that Experiential Learning activities have had on their relationship to the world in which they live.


Applications for Experiential Learning funding can be obtained at: Experiential Learning - Funding Applications

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