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Critical Thinking

Resources to improve critical thinking.


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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

More Information

Dr. Mark Taylor

Dr. Mark Taylor

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Dr. Mark Taylor spoke at Brenau University for Assessment Day on February 23, 2011, on the topic "Managing for Success in the Multigenerational Workplace".