AMERICUS (Feb. 26, 2013)—Every 10 years the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) requires schools to re-affirm their standing in a process called re-accreditation.  

GSW launches quality enhancement plan, logo contest

AMERICUS (Feb. 26, 2013)—Every 10 years the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) requires schools to re-affirm their standing in a process called re-accreditation. Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is in the middle of this process having just launched its required Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) titled “Windows to the World.”

To promote the QEP theme, GSW has organized a logo contest ending March 15 that offers a $100 prize to the person with the winning entry. Logo submissions must meet the following guidelines:

• The artwork must be “photo-ready”

• It can have a three-color maximum

• It must be able to reproduce in black and white

• A hard copy 8” x 10” image or a digital file with 1000 dots per inch (dpi) in the longest dimension must be submitted

• No GSW logo can be altered in any way for the creation of the QEP logo

According the SACS COC website, “The concept of quality enhancement is at the heart of the commission’s philosophy of accreditation. Each institution seeking accreditation is required to develop a QEP. Engaging the wider academic community and addressing one or more issues that contribute to institutional improvement, the plan should be focused, succinct, and limited in length.”

Georgia Southwestern’s plan, “Windows to the World,” was written by Stephanie Harvey, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and Elizabeth Gurnack, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry. The plan aims to “improve students’ cultural and geographical awareness.” Activities to communicate this message will range from posting U.S. and world maps across campus to enhancing existing cultural programs like chamber concerts, art exhibits and dramatic presentations.

“Because GSW is located in rural southwest Georgia, it is critical that we bring the world to our students before they graduate and are sent out into the world,” said Gurnack. “This plan proposes to engage students in a variety of activities that foster cultural competency and geographical awareness.”

Submissions for the logo contest are due March 15 by 5 p.m. Electronic copies can be sent to qep@gsw.edu. Hard copies should be sent to Dr. Stephanie Harvey, Department of Biology, 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive, Americus, GA 31709.

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