Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focuses on a specific topic with a goal of continuous improvement and enhanced student learning within the institution. The plan involves campus-wide participation from inception to implementation and evaluation. Faulkner University’s Quality Enhancement Plan targets spiritual formation through the concepts of Intellect, Character and Service.
At Faulkner, we hope our graduates will have a clear understanding of how their education is linked to their relationship with Christ. We want them to understand that all knowledge is from God. God has given each of us the ability to learn but we must measure what we learn with what scriptures teaches.
Faulkner graduates will:
- Demonstrate the acquisition of Biblical knowledge to develop an understanding of spiritual formation.
- Demonstrate the acquisition and application of Christian Worldview knowledge.
The development of character is important to success. Character is often defined as “what you do when no one is looking.”
Character focuses on the development of dispositions nurtured by spiritual development through intentional curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular processes. In the Spiritual Formation Program (SFP), character focuses on the development of spiritual formation dispositions through intentional curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular processes. Three distinct yet intertwined Christian dispositions have been identified for the SFP. These are the disposition to dialogue, the disposition to care and the disposition to calling. These dispositions represent a key determinant of an individual’s “heart full of grace” and the Institution’s climate. The expression of these dispositions is evidence of the inward Christian character traits such as love, integrity, truthfulness, trustworthiness, humility, caring, compassion (mercy), justice, and faithfulness (responsibility). The dispositions are also the bridge in the SFP between Intellect and Service.
The writings of the Apostle Paul allude to this bridge in the following passages:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (I Cor. 13:1)
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” (Col 1:28-29)
The inference of I Corinthians 13:1 is that if a person possesses the knowledge-intellect-to speak, but does not have the disposition to care-character-then their actions mean nothing. The inference of Colossians 1:28-29 is that the dispositions to dialogue and care are part of the Christian calling and service of faith to others. In addition, the English Standard Version’s translation of Colossians 1:28-29 uses the phrase “present everyone mature in Christ” in verse 28. This particular translation conveys the underlying inference that in addition to personal spiritual formation, Christians are called to nurture the spiritual formation of others. The SFP promotes the development of these dispositions through intentional processes.
Service focuses on spiritual development nurtured by experiential learning through intentional curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular processes. This development is reached by focusing on the development of expressed spiritual formation through intentional curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiential learning processes.
What Service Learning can teach
Service in the Spiritual Formation Program (SFP) is designed to complete the spiritual formation circle by providing avenues for the conveying of Christian knowledge -Intellect- and the expression of Christian dispositions -Character- in real world settings. Service in the SFP rests on the principles and practices of service-learning:
- Reflection to gain deeper understanding of self, spirituality, community, civic responsibility, and professional discipline
- Engagement of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and dispositions. Christian service will be a direct manifestation of the Service component of the SFP and the maturity that comes from spiritual formation.