Quality Enhancement Plan
Lee University is a Christ-centered, liberal arts institution whose mission is to develop students' knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability and skills in ways which will prepare them to be responsible citizens in a complex world (Mission statement). The Quality Enhancement Plan will contribute to the mission by creating pathways of integrative learning that lead students to an understanding of and commitment to Christian faith and vocation through ethical action, redemptive service, and responsible citizenship in the community, the church and the world. In the view of the institution, vocation is the call of God to see both the "wounds and wonders" of contemporary life and to take responsibility for the world's flourishing (Garber 17), to live responsibly as Christians in a complex world that demands the most of students’ minds and hearts. The QEP will bring together already existing high-impact learning experiences to create learning pathways from the first year through the final capstone, integrating academic knowledge with the understanding of faith and vocation.
Since the mid 1970's Lee has required a freshman seminar that introduces students to the institution’s core values. Since 1997, Lee has also a required cross-cultural experience that allows more than 90% of students to study abroad. Also since 1997, Lee has had a capstone course in the majors, intended to be the culminating experience in the integration of faith and learning. For the past decade, we have also had a service-learning requirement of 80 hours. The QEP is a response to institutional data suggesting that these powerful practices have not been sufficiently articulated to students through their first-year experience or integrated with the academic disciplines in ways that lead students to a clear understanding of faith and vocation.