Case Studies of Institutions Using DQP and/or Tuning
Founded in 1947, Daemen College is a small, private college located in Amherst, New York. NILOA selected Daemen College as a case study site due to their involvement in the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) consortium on the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). As part of this project, Daemen College engaged with the DQP to further their preexisting curricular mapping projects, as well as advance their newly instituted assessment program and assignment design initiative. The case provides lessons learned from a campus visit with administrators and faculty.
Utah State University
As the Utah State University (USU) mission states, USU is one of the “nation’s premier student-centered land-grant and space-grant universities.” USU fosters the “principle that academics come first”, and as an institution strives to “cultivate diversity of thought and culture, serving the public through learning, discovery, and engagement.” USU was selected as a DQP/Tuning case study for multiple compelling reasons including faculty-led involvement in the state of Utah Tuning projects; integration of the DQP with various programs and colleges on campus; and bridging the work of national initiatives such as Utah’s status as a LEAP state, and participation in AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives project. Further, faculty, staff, and administration built upon the work with Tuning to integrate the major and general education for a focus upon the degree, as well as made connections across the entire institution to better serve students.
McKendree University engaged with the DQP to refine their Diverse Perspectives outcome, as well as their innovative crosswalk of the DQP’s five areas of learning with McKendree’s seven student learning outcomes, the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II Life in the Balance key attributes.
American Public University System
The American Public University System offers online education through American Public University and American Military University. Founded in 1991 by a retired Marine Corps officer who envisioned an innovative way to offer quality and affordable education to the U.S. armed forces, American Military University (AMU) later extended its reach to those in or seeking to enter public service related fields.
University System of Georgia
Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College collaborated on a project to explore the DQP proficiencies at the associate’s and bachelor’s degree levels. The project provided opportunity for faculty and staff to work together to explore the creation of discipline-specific versions of the DQP, establish common learning outcomes between programs, and devise mechanisms for assessing the DQP and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of individual students relative to the disciplinary DQPs.
Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Nazarene University’s engagement with the Degree Qualifications Profile began early and has been sustained over a number of years. PLNU’s work with the DQP is now prompting conversations about how to more effectively assess learning in ways that are comparable across programs and how to continue to improve the experience of Point Loma students.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
KCKCC created an alternative system for documenting student achievement of Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) proficiencies using an interactive curriculum mapping database that allows faculty to enter information about individual student performance on each learning outcome and competency in their courses.