You are here: Home >

Liberty University's QEP Focus

Understanding the QEP

Gain a better understanding of the Liberty University QEP by examining some of the strategies involved in helping us attain our goals. The "Three D's," the Center for Applied Research and Scholarship (CARS), as well as the strategic actions mentioned below will all work together to foster an environment of research and study within our university.

Three D's: Develop, Design, Disseminate

Through the QEP, Liberty's identity as a doctoral and research university will continue to grow. Our QEP helps students prepare to:

  • Develop identities, knowledge, values, and behaviors so they can appreciate, value, and critically analyze research as a means of glorifying God
  • Design research projects, individually and under faculty mentorship
  • Disseminate theoretically and theologically grounded research within and beyond our university which permeates our student's lives, academia, professional practices, and communities

Center for Applied Research and Scholarship (CARS) 

The QEP will be administrated from the Center for Applied Research and Scholarship (CARS), which will serve as the central location to support student’s curricular and co-curricular opportunities. Here, students will develop skills, knowledge, values, and behaviors to design and disseminate research. CARS will also support faculty professional development in the area of research and scholarship.

Through the Center, faculty and students will work on research that contributes new knowledge to their disciplines and has direct impact on improving the university, the local community, and the world.

The three pillars of CARS are supported by the university offices below:

Skills and Knowledge

  • Office of Research Services & Tutoring
  • Office of Faculty Curriculum & Development

Ethics and Values

  • Office of Ethics


  • Office of Grants Administration and Outreach

Strategic Actions

The QEP’s focus on research and scholarship fosters Liberty’s current strengths through expansion in these strategic areas:

  • Curricular Actions
    • Development of a research orientation seminar
    • Aligning and redesigning program learning outcomes, curriculum, and courses for terminal degree programs
    • Development of faculty-mentored research courses
  • Co-curricular Actions
    • Funding the Provost’s interdisciplinary research pods
    • Establishing an Office of Research Services & Tutoring
    • Establishing internal student research grants and soliciting support for external funding of student research
    • Expanding the Graduate Research Symposium
    • Developing a Research Assistantship Program 
  • Faculty Support & Development
    • Creating Faculty Research Fellow positions for terminal degree programs
    • Establishing a Faculty and Curriculum Research Development Office
    • Revising the faculty teaching load to include research
    • Establishing internal faculty research grants and soliciting support for external funding of faculty research
    • Creating Faculty Research awards
  • University Infrastructure
    • Establishing the Center of Applied Research and Scholarship (CARS)