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Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative Improvement Project

The Quality Initiative: Institutional Improvement in the Open Pathway

Open Pathways require institutions to undertake a major Quality Initiative designed to suit its present concerns or aspirations. The Quality Initiative takes place between years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway Cycle. A Quality Initiative may be designed to begin and be completed during this time or it may continue an initiative already in progress or achieve a key milestone in the work of a longer initiative. The Quality Initiative is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial success or even failure.

View the Higher Learning Commision Quality Initiative page.

CSB/SJU Quality Initiative

The ultimate goal for the CSB and SJU Quality Initiative is for all college students to have healthy and thoughtful gender identities. This Quality Initiative aims to build crucial links between those on campus who do research on gender development and to build a culture of sharing gender research across and beyond campus to improve students' experiences in college. This project will lay the groundwork for a substantial change in the way we assess gender development, and that this change will take sustained effort, time, and resources.

For our Quality Initiative, we will implement seven projects led by faculty and staff from various parts of the institutions and involving multiple students as participants and researchers. Proposals were solicited from all community members and projects were selected by the Quality Initiative's principle investigators, with priority on projects that fill gaps in what we currently know about gender development at CSB/SJU. The following projects have been selected to be part of this QI:

  • Rhetorical Criticism of the Function of Gender in Texts Published by CSB and SJU
  • Video Game Addiction and College Performance among Males
  • A Descriptive Exploratory Study of the Relationships between Stated Values Associated with Gender and Actual Observed Behaviors that are Influential in the Social Construction of Gender among College students on the CSB and SJU Campuses
  • Is Learning Enhanced in Sex-Segregated FYS Classes?
    A Comparative Analysis between Regular FYS and Sex-Segregated FYS Sections
  • Reasons for Men's Choices to Participate or Not Participate in Study Abroad Experiences
  • Transgender Policy and Practice Development for the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
  • How do Title IX and sexual misconduct issues on campus reflect a gendered campus environment?

View the full Qualitity Initiative proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Enke at [email protected] or  ext. 5070 or Shane Miller at [email protected] or ext. 3954.