University Selects Quality Enhancement Plan

Posted: May 15, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By the QEP Planning Committee

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Planning Committee has announced that a plan has been selected.

The QEP is a five-year plan designed to improve undergraduate student learning. It is a required component of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation and involves students and faculty and staff members.

Mason’s QEP will help the university foster a culture of scholarship and creativity among students and faculty by engaging departments across the institution in disciplinary, interdisciplinary and cocurricular inquiry, exploration and activity.

This culture of scholarship and creativity will include opportunities for students and faculty to explore global issues, generate original research projects and creative works, and apply imaginative thinking to today’s pressing questions and social concerns.

The QEP Planning Committee believes there is considerable energy throughout the university to implement this vision, along with a number of opportunities to develop and build on existing programs and activities.

Engaging students with faculty in a culture of scholarship and creative activity will enhance Mason’s competitive position among the most prestigious research universities in the country; foster innovative breakthroughs and initiatives that further disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding; and serve as a catalyst for creating leaders with the knowledge, experience and competencies needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

During the next 18 months, a committee will develop a plan to make this vision a reality.

The QEP Planning Committee sincerely appreciates the input and involvement of the more than 2,000 students, faculty members and university administrators who shaped the committee’s thinking during the past year by participating in community forums, departmental and college-based discussions, the QEP Café and the recently concluded online survey. The resulting QEP project represents a collaborative synthesis of ideas from many sectors of the university.

For more information, see the web site.

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