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The Brenau University Quality Enhancement Plan was developed over the past three years utilizing broad-based institutional involvement. An extensive literature review was conducted to ascertain prevailing trends in student learning theory. The university mission, vision, and strategic plan were considered to ensure the constructive alignment necessary for a sustained improvement plan. Institutional assessment data were analyzed to determine areas needing improvement. The culmination of this lengthy and comprehensive process was the selection of the improvement of undergraduates' critical thinking skills as the focus of the QEP.


What's New in Critical Thinking?

Academically adrift


"Academically Adrift might be the most important book on higher education in a decade. Combined with students' limited effort and great disparities in benefits among students, Arum and Roksa's findings raise questions that should have been raised long ago about who profits from college and what colleges need to do if they are to benefit new groups of students. In this new era of college for all, their analysis refocuses our attention on higher education's fundamental goals."--James Rosenbaum, Northwestern University

Arum, Richard. Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses.

Call Number: LA227.4 .A78 2011
ISBN: 0226028550

Arum, R. (2011). Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Food for Thought

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"I think, therefore I am."-- Rene Descartes

"I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgoe their use"-- Galileo

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason"--Buddha

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever"-- Mahatma Gandhi

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them"-- Albert Einstein



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A Rulebook for Arguments - Anthony Weston
Call Number: BC177 .W47 2009
ISBN: 9780872209541
Publication Date: 2008-11-01
Weston, A. (2009). A rulebook for arguments. Indianapolis: Hackett.

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Asking the Right Questions - M. Neil Browne; Stuart M. Keeley
Call Number: PN83 .B785 2010
ISBN: 9780205506682
Publication Date: 2009-01-13
Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. (2010). Asking the right questions: A guide to critical thinking, 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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Asking the Right Questions, with Readings - M. Neil Browne; Stuart M. Keeley
Call Number: PN83 .B7853 2011
ISBN: 9780205649280
Publication Date: 2010-08-25
Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. (2011). Asking the right questions: A guide to critical thinking, with readings. Boston: Prentice Hall.

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Assessing General Education Programs - Mary J. Allen
ISBN: 9781882982950
Publication Date: 2006-03-03
Allen, M. Assessing general education programs. Bolton, MA: Anker.

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Blind Spots - Madeleine L. Van Hecke
Call Number: BF431 .V28 2007
ISBN: 9781591025092
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Van Hecke, M. L. (2007). Blind spots: Why smart people do dumb things. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

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Conversations in Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement - Donna D. Ignatavicius (Editor)
Call Number: RT42 .C62 2006
ISBN: 9780763738716
Publication Date: 2005-10-31
Jackson, M., Ignatavicius, D., & Case, B. (2006). Conversations in critical thinking and clinical judgment. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

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Critical Reading Critical Thinking - Richard C. Pirozzi; Gretchen Starks-Martin; Julie Bonadonna Dziewisz
Call Number: LB2395.3 .P56 2012
ISBN: 9780205835225
Publication Date: 2010-12-24
Pirozzi, R., Starks-Martin, G., & Dziewisz, J. (2012). Critical reading, critical thinking: Focusing on contemporary issues, 4th ed. Boston: Longman, 2012.

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Critical Thinking - Brooke Noel Moore; Richard Parker
Call Number: B105.T54 M66 2012
ISBN: 9780078038280
Publication Date: 2011-01-11
Moore, B. N., & Parker, R. B. (2012). Critical thinking. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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Critical Thinking - Tracy Bowell; Gary Kemp
Call Number: B809.2 .B69 2002
ISBN: 9780203243503
Publication Date: 2001-11-01
Bowell, T. & Kemp, G. (2002). Critical thinking: A concise guide. London: Routledge.

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Don't Believe Everything You Think - Thomas Kida
Call Number: BF441 .K45 2006
ISBN: 9781591024088
Publication Date: 2006-05-01
Kida, T. (2006). Don't believe everything you think: The 6 basic mistakes we make in thinking. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

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How College Affects Students - Ernest T. Pascarella; Patrick T. Terenzini
Call Number: LA229 .P34 2005
ISBN: 9780787910440
Publication Date: 2005-02-07
Pascarella, E. & Terenzini, P. (2005). How college affects students: A third decade of research. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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Learning to Think Things Through - Gerald M. Nosich
Call Number: LB1590.3 .N67 2012
ISBN: 9780137085149
Publication Date: 2011-01-20
Nosich, G. M. (2012). Learning to think things through: A guide to critical thinking across the curriculum. Boston: Pearson.

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The Thinking Teacher's Toolkit - Ruth Matthews; Jo Lally
Call Number: BF441 .M345 2010
ISBN: 9781441125712
Publication Date: 2010-11-29
Matthews, R., & Lally, J. (2010). The thinking teacher's toolkit: Critical thinking, thinking skills and global perspectives. London: Continuum.

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Thought and knowledge: An introduction to critical thinking, 3rd ed. - Halpern, Diane F.
ISBN: 0805814930
Halpern, D. (1996). Thought and knowledge: An introduction to critical thinking, 3rd ed. Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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To Think - Frank Smith
Call Number: BC177 .S59 1990
ISBN: 9780807730621
Publication Date: 1990-10-01
Smith, F. (1990). To think. New York : Teachers College Press.

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Critical thinking a concise guide - Bowell, Tracy
Call Number: B809.2 .B69 2002eb
ISBN: 0415240166

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Critical thinking and learning - Mason, Mark.
Call Number: LB1590.3 .C7348 2009eb
ISBN: 9781405181075

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Critical Thinking Unleashed - Cohen, Elliot D.
Call Number: B809.2 .C65 2009eb
ISBN: 9780742564312


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