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09-10-2011


Cumberlands to Host Critical Thinking Series

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment promotes high expectations, creativity, and critical thinking skills that serve each student and faculty member in all aspects of academic life.

In recent years, the Center has developed a Critical Thinking Series. This is a five week event series that gives students an opportunity to exchange their ideas with other students regarding modern topics, sharpen their critical thinking skills, as well as collaboration among faculty and staff.

This event is held every semester in support of the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) of Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum. Its campus-wide intention is to nurture students’ ability to think with clarity, discernment, and integration.

Starting in the spring of 2004, faculty from across the campus began to meet to discuss learning at UC. Focus groups and forums, disputations and deliberations were conducted for 18 months. By November 2004 it was determined by the QEP Committee that the institution would be well-served to address critical thinking, and to purposefully nurture thinking marked by clarity, discernment, and integration.

In these meetings, one can expect refreshments and a short video/information session followed by interaction especially for the student’s participation. If you attend four out of the five sessions you will in return be honored with a QEP certificate.

If interested, beginning on September 14th a one hour Critical Thinking Series session is held from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. This will take place in the Library on Cumberlands campus in room 13. If this time does not suit your schedule, the times can be altered for your benefit and a session can be re-scheduled for you and four or more others that are also seeking to be involved in the Critical Thinking Series.

For more information on the Critical Thinking Series, please visit http://www.ucumberlands.edu/ctl or http://www.ucumberlands.edu/qep/ or contact Dr. Susan Weaver at susan.weaver@ucumberlands.edu or at 606-539-4325.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.