Quality in Undergraduate Education Georgia State University
A Projet by the Education Trust & the National  Association of System Heads (NASH) in Association with Georgia State University

Disciplinary Standards

About QUE
Sub Topics:

What is Que? | Institutions Involved with Que | How does QUE define standards? | How does QUE use standards? | What are the advantages of standards-based education? | Objectives of QUE & Deliverables of QUE

What is QUE?

Quality in Undergraduate Education (QUE) is a national project of faculty at selected four-year public institutions and their partner two-year colleges who are establishing draft, voluntary discipline-based standards or student learning outcomes for student learning in the undergraduate major. Under the aegis of QUE, these faculty members are working in six disciplines: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, and physics.

QUE provides a forum for discipline faculty to compare their work, and the project aims to be a model by which other institutions can develop and publish standards to improve student learning and understanding. QUE encourages faculty in departments to shape standards for their own students, through collaboration with other institutions within the state system and consultation with national partners. Members of the project expect all of their departmental graduates to reach at least the level of proficiency by the standards that they articulate.

The project intends to have participating departments use written standards to make the goals of learning clear and public - to students, full-time and part-time faculty, employers, and policy makers. The process of writing the standards is itself rich and stimulating: the project may be regarded as a faculty development opportunity since faculty are invited to reflect on their goals and to find the points at which those goals contribute to the overall coherence of the curriculum.