Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Official Rules for FMU’s QEP Spoken Word Contest

FMU is having a “WRITING WITH PRIDE” Spoken Word contest on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Nathan W. Collier Library. To participate, please enter your poem before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2024, and you have a chance to win a prize of $300-$800 per school.

How the contest works:
FMU is requesting that students submit a spoken word presentation on any topic of choice. If you are a student currently enrolled and you can present a spoken word piece, submit a video of the poem being rehearsed to QEP@fmuniv.edu NO LATER THAN Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

How to enter:
To be eligible to win, contestants must submit their poem to QEP@fmuniv.edu by Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

The competition will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Nathan W. Collier LibraryStudents must perform their spoken word submission to QEP Committee judges and guests. Students must present their original poem and will be judged according to their presentation. (Music can be incorporated in the performance and must be submitted before the day of the competition.)

What to submit:
To be eligible for performing in the competition, the poem may not refer to any of the following: weapons/guns; offensive language and/or gestures; drugs or drug paraphernalia; mutilations; depictions offensive to ethnic, minority, or religious groups; child abuse; violence; animal cruelty; bodily functions; venereal diseases; physical handicaps; cadavers; rape or molestations; lavatory or lavatory jokes; nudity; threats to national security; defamation of character; any illegal, indecent, or obscene activity. FMU’s QEP Committee will be the final judge for all content. Anything deemed indecent as judged by community standards will be disqualified.

Legal Stuff:

  • FMU reserves the right to use any entries as it deems fit.
  • The QEP Committee reserves the right to make the final selection of the winning poems at its complete discretion. The decision of FMU’s QEP Committee is final and not subject to review or appeal.
  • Winners may accept only the prizes stated in contest rules. No other substitutions allowed. Failure to comply with this provision will result in forfeiture of the grand prize by the winner. The grand prize winner must agree to all terms and meet all requirements stated in these rules or forfeit the grand prize.
  • FMU reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if these contest rules have been violated in any way.
  • By entering, the winning entrant agrees that his/her name and photograph may be used by FMU for promotional purposes without further remuneration (unless the winning entrant chooses to remain anonymous).

QEP – Writing with Pride

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is an important component of the reaffirmation of accreditation process as required by the SACSCOC. The University must develop and implement a QEP every ten (10) years, and our current QEP is titled “Writing with Pride”.

The QEP “Writing with Pride” is Florida Memorial University’s commitment to enhancing instruction and experiences for the improvement of student learning and academic success.  Academic Quality and Student Success  are two key principles of our “Ascension to Excellence” Strategic Plan – “Create a student-centric environment where everyone is responsible for student success and students have rich learning and transformative experiences”.

The focus of Florida Memorial University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Writing with Prideis to improve writing skills, establish a culture of writing, and improve student success.

FMU Writing with Pride has three coordinated phases:

  1. Introductory Stage: College Writing I and II, and 100 level courses in the General Education Program focus on teaching and developing writing skills.
  2. Reinforcing Stage: Writing competencies reinforced in specific undergraduate courses within major areas of study.
  3. Mastery Stage: Writing competencies applied in a Mastery Level activity (Senior Project/Capstone Courses).

The goal is to help students improve their written communication skills during the early stages of matriculation which will enhance writing competencies in the upper-level courses, graduate school and career/workplace.

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