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What is Aggies Commit?

Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime is a university-wide initiative to enhance student learning at Texas A&M by creating a culture of commitment to high impact opportunities that prepare students to learn for a lifetime. With these efforts, we commit anew to doing what we have always done so well: developing leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good.
 
Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime is Texas A&M University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which strives to ensure our students, faculty and staff make and honor intentional commitments that contribute to their growth as well-educated people who serve both professional and societal needs with excellence. Our goal is to prepare students to learn for a lifetime by providing them with an abundance of high impact opportunities that are relevant to each student’s education and future dreams. Students shape a pathway to their futures through committing to experiences such as internships, service learning, research, learning communities, effective communication, and study abroad. By integrating the knowledge cultivated in these and other experiences, our students acquire the habits and skills needed to become successful life-long learners, such as the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively. See their stories!
Improve student learning by developing the habits and skills for integrative and lifelong learning. Specific attributes of integrative and lifelong learning are as follows.
  • Curiosity: explore a topic deeply, yielding a rich awareness and interest in the subject
  • Initiative: complete required course work, and then pursue opportunities to expand knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Independence: educational interests flourish beyond the classroom requirements as evidenced by pursuing new experiences independently
  • Transfer: make clear references to previous learning experiences and apply the knowledge and skills learning in new and creative ways
  • Reflection: Review learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom, in depth to realize how perspectives have been enriched by educational and life experiences
Students, who commit to high impact learning and develop the aforementioned skills, will have a greater ability to think critically, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and serve the greater good.
Create a culture with opportunities and support for thoughtful engagement in and reflection of high-impact learning experiences, making intentional commitment the norm for A&M students.

What are High Impact Opportunities?

High-impact opportunities are learning experiences that: demand substantial and sustained effort on purposeful tasks that deepen students’ commitment; put students in circumstances that demand extended interactions with faculty and peers about substantive matters; increase likelihood that students experience diversity through interactions with people who are different from themselves; require frequent feedback on student performance; help students apply knowledge in different settings; and are often life-changing experiences (Kuh 2008).

Below is a list of some research-based high-impact opportunities promoted by Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime:

  • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity and Global Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Course and Projects

Commitment to these and other high impact opportunities is a proven way students develop into lifelong learners. Through these experiences, there is far greater likelihood that a student will develop a sense of curiosity, initiative, and independence. Then, once the experience is done, the student is better equipped to transfer the skills learned as they continue reflecting and learning for a lifetime.

Why is Texas A&M engaged in Aggies Commit?

Like every great organization, Texas A&M University is committed to continually enhancing the value it offers to its members and society as a whole. Every ten years, as part of our application for reaffirmation of accreditation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), requires a student learning-focused QEP. Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime is Texas A&M’s plan to enhance student learning.

SACSCOC describes a QEP as “a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning” that “should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning.”
 
A QEP committee comprising University representatives from across Aggieland focused the ongoing efforts to improve student learning into our quality enhancement plan, Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime.

Why is the focus on commitment & learning for a lifetime?

Honoring commitment has always been a value of Aggieland and lifelong learning is an essential skill for our times. Given our rapidly changing world, students need to be prepared to learn throughout their lives. For Aggies to continue being leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good, they must be prepared with the habits and skills to learn, adapt, and integrate knowledge throughout their lives. For effective acquisition and incubation of lifelong learning skills, students must commit to being highly engaged in an active university community.

What does Aggies Commit ask of me?

It asks our students to purposefully engage in high-impact opportunities, and then reflect on those experiences in order to develop and demonstrate skills for integrative, lifelong learning. See opportunities here!
It asks our faculty to participate intentionally in creating enhancements to student learning and be a part of the cultural shift that asks students to commit to integrative, high-impact learning. Specifically, Aggies Commit asks faculty to:
  • Strengthen existing and/or develop new high-impact learning experiences to help students achieve selected outcomes
  • Be intentional about incorporating high-impact learning experiences into lectures and feature opportunities for students to engage in all educational activities
  • Help students see the connections between research, lectures, and assigned course work in order to highlight integrative, lifelong learning
Faculty members make learning relevant to students. If instructors encourage integrative learning and commitment to high-impact opportunities, students will engage.
It asks our advisors in departments, colleges, and support units, to be a part of this cultural shift on campus, to encourage students to commit to integrative, high-impact learning. Specifically, Aggies Commit asks advisors to:
  • Serve as mentors guiding students to see how learning happens throughout all their experiences, in and out of the classroom
  • Identify meaningful partnership opportunities with co-curricular units (e.g. Student Affairs, Study Abroad, Career Center, etc.) for greater integrative learning
Advisors help students plan their Aggie experience, and are often the first to make a student aware of opportunities. If advisors encourage integrative learning and commitment to high-impact opportunities, students will engage.
It asks our staff to be a part of this cultural shift on campus, to encourage students to commit to integrative, high-impact learning. Specifically, Aggies Commit asks staff members to:
  • Strengthen existing and/or assist in developing new high-impact learning experiences to help students achieve selected outcomes
  • Identify meaningful partnership opportunities with co-curricular units (e.g. Student Affairs, Study Abroad, Career Center, etc.) for greater integrative learning
Staff members make the Aggie experience work and are often the first person a student seeking a high impact opportunity encounters. If staff members encourage integrative learning and commitment to high-impact opportunities, students will engage.
It asks our administrators to be a part of this cultural shift on campus, to encourage students, faculty, and staff to commit to engaging in and supporting integrative, high-impact learning. Specifically, Aggies Commit asks administrators to:
  • Develop implementation plans for advancing student learning and the institutional goals of Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime within each college and branch campus
  • Strengthen existing and/or develop new high-impact learning experiences to help students achieve selected outcomes
  • Assess and document student achievement and improvements of the learning environment at the college/branch campus level
  • Identify meaningful partnership opportunities with co-curricular units (e.g. Student Affairs, Study Abroad, Career Center, etc.) for greater integrative learning
Administrators lay the foundation for educational activity and set the tone for what matters on campus. If administrators encourage integrative learning and commitment to high-impact opportunities, students will engage.

Further Questions? We'd love to hear from you.
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