The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a progressive five-year strategic initiative (QEP Timeline), utilizing a three-tiered approach designed to effectuate a mission-focused culture of research and scholarship at Liberty University. The QEP initiative, under the oversight of the Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS), will collaborate in partnership with university offices and personnel to systematically increase students’ knowledge and skill levels in research.
Through the newly established Center for Research & Scholarship (CRS), Liberty University’s QEP, “ILLUMINATE: Cultivating a Community of Research” offers opportunities that will help residential undergraduate students gain research knowledge and skills for the purpose of glorifying God and impacting the world.
The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a course of action developed and implemented by the university to enhance student learning and fulfill a reaccreditation requirement from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The QEP topic selection process commenced in the fall of 2013, soliciting a call to all university constituencies including faculty, staff, and students for potential QEP topic proposal ideas that would strengthen and improve student learning and the learning environment. Students and faculty were encouraged to evaluate their academic programs and, where appropriate, review existing assessment data to inform the rationale for topic selection. Through a broad-based constituency process, more than 130 potential QEP topics were proposed and subsequently narrowed down to six. The university collaboratively selected the QEP topic of improving student learning in research and scholarship which aligned with Liberty’s Mission and Strategic Plan.
Goals & Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
- Goal 1: Increase the focus on the development of the infrastructure required for the expansion of undergraduate residential student research and its dissemination.
- Goal 2: Increase training and support for faculty in the skills required for mentoring students in the development and design of research.
- Goal 3: Increase funding and allocation of university resources for the creation of additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities for undergraduate residential students’ engagement in research and scholarship.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
Students will be equipped to:
- SLO #1: Demonstrate the ability to articulate the value of research and a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in the life of a university student.
- SLO #2: Develop the knowledge and skills required to engage in research and scholarship.
- SLO #3: Design a research proposal/project that is discipline-specific.
In order to accomplish these learning outcomes, students in the undergraduate residential academic experience will build knowledge, values, and skills in research and scholarship through a scaffolding curriculum, which includes the following courses:
- Through the Inquiry 101 course, freshmen and transfer students will gain an understanding of the value of research and the role of research and scholarship in the life of a university student.
- Through the Research 201 course, sophomores and transfer students will develop the knowledge and skills required to engage in research and scholarship across the humanities, sciences, and creative arts.
- This research training experience will culminate in opportunities to take program specific, Research intensives in which upper-level classmen will design a research proposal or project that is discipline-specific.