Archived AQIP Action Projects

Strengthen Catholic and Benedictine Identity (2003 – 2008)

Description: Ex Corde Ecclesiae identifies four characteristics that distinguish every Catholic University:

  • a Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such;
  • a continuing reflection in light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research;
  • fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church;
  • an institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life.

Benedictine characteristics (demonstrated through the seven values as they are listed in the Undergraduate catalogue) will then be connected to these Catholic characteristics. Their association with an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds will be studied, assessed, structured and maintained.

Our goal is to intensify these characteristics, here and now.

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Wellness Programming (2007 – 2010)

Description: This project targets improvement in the satisfaction and well-being of our employees. It also has the potential to enhance internal communication and contribute positively to job performance indicators.

For more details, refer to the Wellness action project synopsis.

Establish and implement a learner-centered assessment process (2002-2008)

Description: Establish and implement an assessment system for academic programs that is learner-centered and includes four fundamental elements of the assessment process: the development of intended learning outcomes; the development/selection of assessment measures; the creation of instructional experiences leading to outcomes; the use of assessment results to improve learning.

For more details, refer to the Assessment action project synopsis.

Increase the graduation rate for traditional freshman students (2002-2008)

Description: Gather data and track student retention from the freshman experience through graduation; utilize data obtained above and formulate an action plan with long and short-term goals to support successful learner progress as students move toward completion of their academic program and graduation; establish sub-action groups within the campus-wide community to assist in implementation of these action plans and goals; put steps in place to implement the Action Plan; continue to gather data, assess and make improvements accordingly.

For more details, refer to the Retention action project synopsis.

Examination of Curricular Integration (2002-2004)

Description: We are concerned with finding ways to realize the second part of the new VISION statement, to move toward our providing for our students "a values centered liberal arts education enriched by our excellence in science." The goals of this project are:

  1. To enrich the programs of student in science so that they attract high quality students and to provided them with a quality education both in their majors as well as in the liberal arts.
  2. The non-science majors will increase their understanding and appreciation of sciences and the relation of the sciences to the liberal arts. both these goals must be understood in the context of a Catholic and liberal arts oriented institution that values excellence in teaching and high regard for the individual student.

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Create a collaborative community through systems of shared governance (2002-2007)

Description: Describe the existing governance system, including structures and processes. Develop a consensus-based definition of shared governance. Develop a model of communications system that supports shared governance. Implement the communication system. Develop a transparent decision system embodying shared governance.

For more details, refer to the Shared Governance action project synopsis.

Improvement of Student Learning through Use of Benchmark Data (2008)

Description: In early 2008, Benedictine University established a three-year cycle for university level surveys, including NSSE and CLA. However, there are no specific protocols in place for administration of the surveys, educating the community about the importance of particular student learning assessment tools, protocols upon receipt of our results(e.g., further analysis, communication to public, communicating to the university community how to impact change for improvement). We seek to ensure that we complete the feedback loop by applying results for continuous improvement to improve student learning, not simply to communicate statistical outcomes.

LiveText Assessment Software Pilot (2008)

Description: LiveText software enables mapping of course/program assessment tools (e.g., electronic rubrics and exams) to the specific learning outcomes of a course/program/university. It permits evaluators to generate data reports, so s/he can evaluate the course/program for success and potential areas of improvement. This year, we will pilot test LiveText sofware in three academic programs, including a portfolio course and sections of Benedictine University's second writing course.

Foster Principle of Continuous Improvement in Planning Processes (2008)

Description: Adoption of AQIP Category Improvement Worksheet from AQIP Forum for use in planning processes at university. Activities of this project include: inform and educate on its effective application; adopt worksheet across academic and student support areas; document and evaluate its use.