Quality Enhancement Plan Name Contest

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    Name our new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and win an iPad Air!

    What’s a QEP?

    It’s a special project lasting five years or more that focuses on improving student learning in a specific area. For our QEP, we have decided on a plan to help improve the creative inquiry skills of our undergraduates.

    Why Do We Need a QEP?

    Like other schools in our region, we need to have a QEP for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Members of SACSCOC are coming to Tech in March 2016 to "reaffirm" our accreditation.

    Tech’s Creative Inquiry QEP

    Our QEP is focused on providing more opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty to get involved in creative inquiry. You might participate in a creative inquiry project that your instructor has arranged in one of your courses or maybe in a summer project that you do with a faculty mentor. We have defined creative inquiry in a broad way, so that it fits all of Tech’s majors. Here's our definition: "The process of exploring issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence including combining or synthesizing existing ideas or products in original ways to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal." For our QEP to be a success it will take the involvement of the whole campus. That’s why TTU wants you to come up with the name of our plan. To show how important this is to the University, we’re holding a naming contest.

    Contest Guidelines

    1. Students, faculty and staff may submit entries, but only students are eligible to win the iPad Air or gift cards. Students must be currently enrolled in the Fall 2015 semester. 2. There is no limit on the number of names that you may submit but no more than five names may be submitted per entry. 3. All submissions must be entered by midnight on September 11, 2015. 4. The name that you propose should: a. Connect to Tennessee Tech and undergraduate creative inquiry b. Contain no more than six words c. Be unique and not used by another university, organization, etc. d. Be positive and catchy, something that might work on a coffee mug or t-shirt e. Be easy to spell and say Tech’s Quality Enhancement Plan Committee will review the submissions and suggest up to five names to the Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM). The OCM will consider these suggestions and select three which will be put to an online vote by faculty, staff and students. The OCM will review the vote results and determine the QEP name. The student whose submission gets the most votes will receive an iPad Air. The student submitting the 2nd most popular name will win an $80 bookstore gift card and the 3rd most popular a $40 gift card. (Please note: In the event that fewer than three of the names on the ballot have been submitted by students, the QEP committee will vote on the best student submission(s). Also, if two or more students have submitted identical winning names, the winner will be determined by chance in a drawing.)

    Creativity Tips

    Get a pen and a sheet of paper and consider the following tips from Alex Osborn, the advertising executive who popularized the term "brainstorming" in the 1950s: 1. Defer judgment. If you want to be creative, it’s important that you don’t evaluate your ideas as you think of them. This principle is very important for the other three below. Suspend your judgment about how good your ideas are as they come to you and just jot them down. 2. Go for quantity. Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize winning chemist once said "The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." This principle leverages probability: the more ideas that you have, the more likely it is that some of them will be really good. So don't stop at three or four - write lots of ideas down. 3. Make connections. Making connections between things that at first seem unrelated is a special human trait. Creativity is combinatorial, involving cross-pollinating different pieces into new creations. As you think of more names, mix them up. Like Steve Jobs famously said “Creativity is just connecting things.” 4. Welcome unusual ideas. Don’t be afraid to try out new things. Let your imagination soar!

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