Marion Military Institute

Quality Enhancement Plan

Thinking Critically about Leadership

Based on cadet surveys and focus groups, faculty and staff consensus, and data from our Institutional Research offices, Marion Military Institute has chosen “Thinking Critically about Leadership” as the theme for its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  The pilot, launched in the Fall 2013 semester, has a target population of all incoming Leadership Education Program students not affiliated with a varsity sport.  The QEP is divided into six sessions, each themed around a leadership character trait, such as honor, moral courage, and integrity, with supporting activities and assessments related to each session.  In addition, each session includes an appearance by a recognized authority in fields such as law enforcement, nursing, psychology, criminal justice, and law, who introduces the cadets to a career relevant to their interests. At the close of the 2014-15 academic year, Chief Instructional Officer David Tipmore reviewed the participants’ evaluations of the QEP and stated, “The positive results show we’re offering meaningful support to the MMI mission by stressing the acquisition of career knowledge, soft skills, and leadership traits needed to make lifelong learning and lifelong success a reality for these cadets.”

QEP Learning Outcomes

1.   Thinking Critically to Solve Problems:
1.1  Students will connect academic knowledge to leadership activities.
1.2  Students will analyze assumptions, identify key issues, evaluate evidence, and  articulate a logical argument about an issue.
1.3  Students will identify real-world problems and create alternative solutions from  multiple perspectives.

2.   Learning the Process of Leadership
  2.1  Students will think critically about best-practice leadership behaviors and apply  the leadership process to life as a cadet, a student, and as a lifelong learner.


“I learned A LOT in the Quality Enhancement Plan. I liked all the speakers, especially the emergency management specialist and the nurse. Hearing them talk about their jobs expanded my knowledge of career opportunities. In the QEP, we also participated in some learning games and activities which challenged me to think about my own values. Overall, the QEP was a great experience for me and all the participants.”

- Cadet Jamar Fields, Fall 2015 QEP Participant