Southeast Consortium for Critical Thinking

Nationally, critical thinking has been recognized as a paramount skill needed in the 21st Century workplace. The Commission on the Future of Higher Education (2006) found that employers consistently conveyed the message that college graduates do not have the critical thinking skills necessary to be effective in the workplace. The Commission further stressed the importance of a higher education system that prepares its students with the skills needed to be productive in a fast-paced and constantly changing economy. 

The rise in interest in improving students' critical thinking skills is also connected to the increased emphasis on improving student learning that is part of the accrediting process. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) added a component to the reaffirmation process: the requirement to submit a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that contains a "focused course of action that addresses a well-defined topic or issue directly related to enhancing student learning" (SACS Resource Manual, p. 21). Since critical thinking is ubiquitously included as a key student learning outcome for institutions, and a number of standardized critical thinking tests have indicated a level of "proficiency" of about 10% or less of the college-level student population nationally, a number of institutions in SACS have chosen critical thinking as the focus of their QEPs. Key personnel involved in QEPs focusing on critical thinking have expressed a desire to collaborate and share resources to improve their QEP implementation.

The Southeast Consortium for Critical Thinking is envisioned to be an organization of institutions that wish to collaborate to help their students develop critical thinking skills. The consortium has not been formalized beyond informal discussions between QEP Directors.

Institutions with Critical Thinking QEPs

To add your institution to the list above, please submit the Southeast Consortium form.