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Think Outside the Books

Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity

Think Outside the Books

In the 21st century, the world changes quickly.  Technology and innovation can transform professions in a manner of years, even months.  That’s why, at MUW, we are focused on making sure students know how to ask good questions and find or form answers for themselves.


Our Quality Enhancement Plan, entitled "Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity", aims to get students actively doing work in a professional field and creating knowledge, as opposed to passively consuming it.  In the next five years, you will see an increased focus on active learning and inquiry and problem-based learning (which we’re calling APIL, "pronounced apple," for shorthand).  Everyone has a part to play in the QEP—faculty, students, and staff.  Together we will create a community that values and supports intellectual growth and curiosity.


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Fall 2015 APIL Specialists Chosen

Congratulations to the first four APIL Specialists! Dr. Amy Pardo and Dr. Amber Handy from the College of Arts & Sciences and Dr. Chrystal Hodges and Dr. Royal Toy from the College of Education & Human Sciences will begin their work as APIL Specialists in the upcoming fall semester. Learn more about what that work entails here.

Apply to be an APIL Specialist in Fall 2015

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2015 APIL Specialists from faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education & Human Sciences. The application deadline is February 20, 2015. Learn more about the benefits of the APIL Specialist program.

Mississippi University for Women Quality Enhancement Plan

Read the MUW Quality Enhancement Plan Proposal: "Think Outside the Books: Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity" (.pdf)