Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID


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Critical Thinking

What is the Howard College QEP?

Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP is a plan to improve student learning throughout Howard College.  QEP at Howard College is Critical thinking... for Learning, for Earning, for Life!

Definition of Critical Thinking:
Thinking with purpose, skill, and confidence.

Definition of Student Learning:
Students demonstrate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and/or values attributable to the collegiate experience.

Focus Statement:
Howard College students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.

Critical Thinking Student Learning Outcomes:
Howard College students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by:

  • Asking vital questions
  • Collecting and measuring relevant information
  • Arriving at well-reasoned conclusions
  • Considering alternative systems of thought
  • Communicating effectively with others

SACS Core Requirement 2.12:SACS Core Requirement 2.12 The institution has developed an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan and demonstrates that the plan is part of an ongoing planning and evaluation process. SACS Handbook further defines QEP as "an opportunity and an impetus for the institution to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue or issues the institution considers important to improving student learning."

Howard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran's status or any other protected class in its programs, activities, admission, or employment practices.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the policy of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area.