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QEP: Learning in a Team Environment.: Introduction


This guide will help you get started with the UAB QEP.

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As a part of the SACS accreditation in 2015, UAB developed a Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP.

A QEP is "a document developed by the institution that (1) includes a process identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment, (2) focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution, (3) demonstrates institutional capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP, (4) includes broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and proposed implementation of the QEP, and (5) identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement" (SACS COC).

UAB chose Learning in a Team Environment as its QEP because "it will teach students to succeed in all roles of a team and use these skills to improve student learning ... [and it] will better prepare our graduates, which will in turn be of economic benefit to the communities in which they are employed" (UAB Quality Enhancement Plan, p. 7 )

UAB recognizes that there are issues related to team learning, specifically:

  • Some individuals naturally resist participation
  • Some individuals prefer to dominate discussions
  • Members may believe they lack the content knowledge required for making a meaningful contribution
  • Members may be concerned about appearing to be disagreeable or overly aggressive
  • Members may not be committed to the success of the group
  • The task may be inappropriate for groups because it can be completed by one or two members working alone or it does not require members to reach an agreement (UAB Quality Enhancement Plan, p. 11 )

For help with implementing the QEP, contact Dale Dickinson, Director of the University Quality Enhancement Plan.


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