The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires each institution seeking its ten-year reaffirmation of its accreditation to develop a plan to enhance the quality of student learning.
For its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Young Harris College has developed a narrowly focused program within the academic curriculum that’s designed to improve students’ written and spoken communication.
Employers frequently cite effective writing and speaking as among the most important skills they seek when hiring college graduates.
The title for the College’s QEP is Rhetorica: The Art of Writing and Speaking at Young Harris College. It takes its name from the Latin term for rhetoric, signaling its ties to the classical foundation of the liberal arts.
The Rhetorica Program offers students the opportunity to take Writing Intensive (WI) and Speaking Intensive (SI) versions of courses included in the General Education Core curriculum and their major program of study. These courses are more interactive than typical lecture courses and enable students to write papers and make presentations about topics that interest them and engage in lively discussion and debate.
A Center for Writing and Speaking opened in 2010 to help students improve writing and speaking skills related to their coursework. It is located adjacent to the Pruitt-Barrett Administration Building.