Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

In preparation for its decennial reaffirmation of accreditation process, the University of Miami is developing a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The purpose of the QEP is to identify an area of potential improvement in undergraduate learning, implement the improvement, and assess its effectiveness.

Discussion-Based Learning

Responses to President's Frenk's listening tour in his first year at UM (2015-16), recommendations of the Quad for Educational Innovation (2016) and the Student Government's Academic Affairs Committee, and conversations with the Faculty Senate's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) and Academic Standards Committee (ASC) have all pointed to a QEP that will focus on increasing and strengthening discussion-based learning in undergraduate education. The QEP on discussion-based learning will be the initial component of the Educational Innovation Roadmap Initiative. One discussion-based approach students mentioned in particular is the Harkness Table Method. Other methods include problem-based learning, fishbowl discussion format, and flipped learning format. The QEP Committee is currently planning to survey undergraduate faculty at UM to explore their familiarity and interest in each of these forms of discussion-based learning.