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As part of the Texas A&M HSC's accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), our institution was required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) -- a blueprint for a 5-year course of action to enhance student learning.

Our selected QEP is CARE: Critically Appraise Relevant Evidence and is based on needs identified at our institution. SACS requires institution-wide involvement in the topic selection, development and implementation of the plan, as well as assessment of the effectiveness of the plan’s activities in improving student learning. 

Goals and Outcomes

Even though the TAMHSC merged with Texas A&M University on July 15, 2013 and is now considered a single unit with Texas A&M for SACS accreditation purposes, CARE continues to play a prominent role in the TAMHSC’s commitment to exceptional student learning. As an institution, we've outlined the following goals.

Goal 1

Develop students’ skills in critical thinking. Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills of:

  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Inference
  • Evaluation and explanation
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Inductive reasoning

Goal 2

Develop students’ skills in evidence-based decision making. Students will be able to apply evidence-based decision making skills of:

  • Asking focused questions
  • Systematic retrieval of evidence
  • Critical appraisal of evidence
  • Application of results to practice
  • Evaluating performance
  • Assessing or designing research

Goal 3

Develop capacity and resources to teach critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. Faculty members will be trained to:

  • Assess critical thinking and evidence-based decision making skills
  • Identify appropriate teaching resources for didactic and clinical environments
  • Design instruction to enhance critical thinking and evidence-based decision making skills
  • Model the use of critical thinking and evidence-based decision making skills
Last edited by: leggio 07/21/2014

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