a result of faculty initiative at the 1995 University-wide conference on
teaching and learning, the Qualities of an Education Person (QEP) project was
recommended and approved as part of the UNI strategic plan for 1996-2001. The
charge for the project was stated as follows:
"Identify the qualities of an educated
person that characterize a UNI graduate and translate these qualities into
curricular and co-curricular activities."
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching was
designated by the Provost's office as the unit for organizing and coordinating
the QEP Project. An ad-hoc QEP Project Group of 13 was appointed by the
Provost's office in spring 1996 to launch the project, and that group was
expanded in spring 1997 to 21 faculty and one staff member, all of who served
through fall 1998. In spring 1999, based on widespread feedback from all
segments of the University community, an entirely new QEP Task Group of 14
(four students, six faculty, one academic administrator, and three
professional staff) was commissioned to complete the project. While the QEP process
is never-ending, the final "product" from the QEP project was
a vision for UNI undergraduate education, including goals and a design for
learning experiences that integrate what was learned over a three-year period
The major benchmarks and products of the QEP
project are identified below. If you wish to learn more about accomplishments
of the QEP project, select one of these five options. Each links to a document
in PDF format.
- Project Group Discussion
background discussion and considerations went into the initial draft of the
proposed qualities for UNI graduates?
- Qualities for UNI
consensus qualities for UNI graduates were identified through several field
tests with faculty, students, and staff?
- Student Essays: How did a sample of UNI
students interpret their undergraduate experience in light of the concensus
qualities for UNI graduates?
experimental projects demonstrated potential curricular and co-curricular
applications of the qualities for UNI graduates?
- Learning with
Vision: From the
perspective of the entire UNI undergraduate experience, which proposals for
curriculum reform emerged from the QEP project?
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