Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas about UAB’s next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which will be part of the 2015 SACSCOC Reaffirmation. Clarus Consulting Group did a great job listening to your ideas which fell into three broad categories, Enhancing Learning, Promoting Citizenship, and Building Core Competencies, and eleven themes. Their summary is available here.

The importance of community and teams was a recurring theme throughout your conversations, and, after careful review and reflection on what UAB is and what it can become, Provost Lucas and I have selected “Learning in a Team Environment” as our next QEP topic. Our vision is that this university will (1) teach students to succeed in all roles of a team, (2) utilize these skills to improve student learning, and (3) take team skills out into the community to do service. An initial visualization of the QEP based on your many ideas is:

An initial visualization of the QEP based on your many ideas

Learning in a Team Environment is a topic that applies to every UAB graduate, and all schools and the college will participate. I look forward to this QEP being a unifying experience across our campus. Selecting the topic is just the start. I encourage everyone to contribute to its successful development and implementation. Contact Gregg Janowski ( if you are interested in being part of the QEP planning team.