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QEP Learning Outcomes

The above mission and goal statements serve as guides for ASU’s literacy program. Student learning outcomes growing out of these statements have been identified as essential to enhancing the culture of learning throughout the curriculum. QEP implementation will occur in two phases. In the first, instruction during the first-year experience will target these outcomes in core curriculum courses required of all students. This foundational instruction will strengthen the students’ proficiency for mastering the content in their major disciplines. In the second phase, selected courses in the degree majors will provide continuation and reinforcement of literacy instruction.

Following are the literacy learning outcomes for integration into the selected core and major courses. Separate activities and assignments may be designed for integrating each literacy or one assignment may be designed to incorporate all three literacies. Other possibilities may also exist depending on the nature of the discipline. It is important to remember that each literacy addressed in a course must be assessed for each student using the rubric provided for that literacy.

Reading/Writing Literacy (R/WL)
1. Students will be able to read and respond in writing to challenging texts that demand critical thinking.
2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective use of various patterns for organizing and developing written communication.
3. Students will be able to recognize and use correctly and effectively the rules and conventions of standard English.

Quantitative Literacy (QL)
1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental mathematical concepts, symbols, and principles in performing basic computational operations.
2. Students will interpret mathematical, quantitative models (such as formulas, graphs, charts, tables, maps) that describe real-world phenomena.
3. Students will demonstrate competence in analytical and quantitative reasoning skills as these apply to real-world situations (such as basic financial operations like balancing a checkbook, calculating interest, managing investments, reviewing mortgage options).

Information Literacy (IL)
1. Students will be able to identify and articulate their information needs in the process of defining a problem, question, or project for research.
2. Students will be able to use library and information technology tools and resources to carry out research.
3. Students will be able to design and execute a research project using a systematic process to collect, analyze, and present information in written formats, properly incorporating, citing, and documenting sources.

Follow the link below to read the institution's QEP document submitted to SACS, Commission on Colleges, during the 2010 Reaffirmation review: www.alasu.edu/sacs.

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