What’s NextIntegrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation

At a university as large as the University of Central Florida there are nearly limitless opportunities: to gain important knowledge and skills in your general education classes, to choose a major that you are passionate about, to get involved in research, service projects, internships, campus clubs and organizations, to build meaningful relationships, and more.

The ability to develop skills across multiple experiences and to adapt those skills to new problem-solving contexts is called integrative learning, and that’s what UCF’s What’s Next (2016–2021) initiative was all about.

The initiative had three main components, plan, connect, and reflect, that helped students explore the resources that are available to help them prepare for what’s next.

The Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan:

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a component of UCF’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Each QEP involves developing and executing a university-wide, multi-year initiative seeking to improve student learning outcomes. The mission of UCF’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation, was to prepare our graduates to successfully enter and participate in the next steps of their professional and civic lives. What’s Next sought to help students plan for their futures post-graduation: to not only set goals but to identify the knowledge and skills necessary to reach those goals. The initiative encouraged students to connect their classroom knowledge and skills to real-world contexts and, thereby, to develop the ability to transfer knowledge and skills from one context to another. Finally, this initiative promoted opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences, to communicate their knowledge and experiences, and to develop the ability to successfully advocate for themselves in their lives beyond the university.

For the full What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation Quality Enhancement Plan, click here.

The QEP Advisory Board represented a wide range of constituencies across the university and provides input on policies, procedures, and potential activities of the What’s Next initiative. For the 2018-19 QEP Advisory Board membership, click here.

Quality Enhancement Plan Archives:

For the previous QEP website and archives, click here.

The What’s Next Team:

Core Staff
  • Dr. Anna Maria Jones, Director What’s Next
  • Brooks Pingston, Academic Support Coordinator (2016–2021)
  • Hank Lewis, Academic Support Coordinator (2016)
  • Lindsay Rushworth, Knights of Distinction Coordinator (2016–2020)
Faculty Fellows
  • Dr. Alice Noblin (2017–2018)
  • Lisa Peterson (2017–2018)
  • Dr. Kelly Allred (2016–2017)
  • Vicki Lavendol (2016–2017)
Student Assistants
  • Marelize Roetz (2019–2020)
  • Carissa Richetti (2019–2020)
  • Emma Barbato (2018–2019)
  • Minyoung Lee (2018)
  • Kara Delemeester (2017–2019)
  • Coral Nimz (2016–2018)
  • Courtney Handy (2016–2017)