About the QEP
Advancing Critical Thinking (ACT) is Parker University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The plan is designed to improve student critical thinking skills essential to the needs of students as they progress in the health care delivery programs currently offered at the school and for those anticipated into the future.
Faculty, courses, and students from the Doctor of Chiropractic program will participate in ACT. Students who graduate from this program and become doctors are an integral part of the nation’s health delivery system. As a primary care physician, the responsibilities of a doctor of chiropractic include: wellness promotion, health assessment, diagnosis, and the chiropractic management of the patient’s health care needs. To effectively fulfill these responsibilities, a doctor of chiropractic must possess core competencies and the ability to leverage and use higher order thinking skills, including critical thinking.
To promote critical thinking at Parker University, the ACT plan includes a multiphase implementation process and the following goals:
The goals of the Advancing Critical Thinking plan are as follows:
- Develop, improve, and assess student critical thinking skills.
- Develop, improve, and evaluate faculty knowledge and skills in the implementation of instructional techniques and assessment strategies that encourage critical thinking.
In the first phase of the QEP, selected faculty will participate in development activities designed to improve their teaching effectiveness and their assessment of students’ critical thinking skills. The second phase of the QEP includes the implementation of new trimester capstone courses designed to help students contextualize the information they learn during the initial seven trimesters of the Doctor of Chiropractic program.
Faculty development will be an integral component of the QEP. The ACT plan includes the creation of a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to support faculty as they strive to enhance student learning and the quality of teaching at all levels within the institution.
With the success of the ACT program, student learning will improve and students will graduate better equipped to attend to those they serve.