The Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) funds faculty and staff projects that address the QEP’s theme, What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation, and that seek to improve undergraduate student learning at UCF. Awards are granted at two levels: Enhancement and Program Innovation.
The QEP awards program is overseen by the Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan and an awards committee comprising members from the QEP Advisory Board. The advisory board includes representatives from the various colleges, schools, departments, and units across the UCF campus.
Proposals are evaluated according to their ability to demonstrate: (1) a clear need for the proposed enhancement or innovation; (2) a comprehensive plan for assessing outcomes of the project; (3) a clear connection to one or more of the three interventions addressed by What’s Next: Guidance and Information, High-Impact Integrative Learning Experiences, and Metacognition and Self-Advocacy. For more information on evaluation criteria, please see the rubric for funded project proposals.
Up to $3,500 for individuals or teams who wish to enhance existing or create new resources for undergraduate students, such as but not limited to: developing courses, designing high-impact learning activities, or enhancing career preparation. Interdisciplinary projects and projects that include student members are encouraged. Although long-term and sustainable changes are the ultimate goal of What’s Next, award recipients must be able to complete assessment of their project within one academic year. A final report on the project will be due to the QEP office one year after the award is granted.
Program Innovation Award
Up to $10,000 for individuals or teams who wish to make changes to existing or create new programs to enhance undergraduate student learning outcomes, such as but not limited to: mapping and revising curriculum, implementing new technologies (e.g., ePortfolios), or faculty and staff training. Interdisciplinary projects and projects that include student members are encouraged to apply. Award recipients must be able to complete assessment of their project within two academic years. A final report on the project will be due to the QEP office two years after the award is granted.
To date the Quality Enhancement Plan has supported 50 faculty & staff awards with over $330,000 in funding.
Awards Recipient Abstracts:
To help share the excellent work being done to promote integrative learning around campus, we have mapped our funded projects below. Click upon an icon and learn a bit more about each of our funded projects including the individuals running the project, a brief abstract on the project, and the units involved. You may also zoom in and out using the + and – icons on the top left of the map.