In April, 2006 the University adopted a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for undergraduate education entitled “Making Critical Connections” (pdf). This plan was reviewed and approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), who are responsible for the University’s accreditation. In 2011, representatives from SACS will return to campus to evaluate the plan outcomes and assessment. As outlined in the Executive Summary (pdf), undergraduate research is one of three major components of the QEP (the others are the new curriculum and internationalization). The QEP seeks to make undergraduate research a seamless part of the culture at UNC-Chapel Hill, so that undergraduate engagement in the University’s research mission becomes a defining feature of the Carolina experience. The plan for undergraduate research includes the following elements:
The “Making Critical Connections” Implementation Committee reports to the Faculty Council and to the Board of Trustees concerning the QEP and its impact. Summaries of these reports are available to anyone interested.