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
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.