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Enhancement Award

Awards 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.

Program Innovation

Awards 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., e-portfolios), or faculty and staff training.

2016 Summer Conference

The Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) invites proposals for 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. To apply to participate in the QEP Track at the Summer Faculty Development Conference, click here.

What's Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation

What's Next is about helping students make connections: between the work they do in their courses and the experiences they gain through co-curricular and professional activities, and between their experiences within the confines of the university and the challenges that they'll face in their careers and communities when they leave. Often students experience a "disconnect" between the different threads of their lives, and our QEP uses integrative learning as a way to knit those threads together.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Carnegie Foundation define integrative learning as intentionally developing skills across multiple connected experiences and adapting these skills to new problem-solving contexts. Engaging in integrative learning helps students develop self-awareness about how they learn, what we call metacognition, and it teaches them to make connections across diverse experiences, inside and outside the classroom, which, in turn, helps them adapt their knowledge and skills to meet new challenges in their professional, public, and even personal lives.

The dedicated faculty and staff at UCF already do a great deal to improve our students' lives and livelihoods, and our QEP is designed to encourage innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration as we build on those achievements. Our students are facing a complex and rapidly changing world, and we want to do everything we can to give them the tools to tackle the many challenges they will encounter.