U Research is MC's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), implemented in 2012. Our QEP is a campus-wide initiative that has the potential to make a meaningful and lasting effect on our students’ success, both academically and in all walks of life. While the QEP is a requirement for reaffirmation of SACS accreditation, it is also a reflection of our commitment to improving student learning.
The focus of U Research is the development of information literacy competencies in undergraduate students. Information literacy is the ability to access, evaluate, and use information ethically to solve research and real-world questions or problems. It encompasses critical thinking skills that are vital to success in the workplace and in lifelong learning. U Research can empower MC graduates with the skills necessary to compete in a knowledge-based workplace.
U Research strategies were implemented in all academic departments during the five-year implementation plan. The assessment of information literacy is to be continued in each academic unit as part of the annual institutional program. U Research has been more than just a program to satisfy accreditation requirements. In addition to contributing toward student academic improvement, it has been an opportunity to improve MC’s core mission of teaching students to become lifelong learners. U Research is not just another program. It is a chance to be better at what we do!
- U Research Executive Summary
- U Research (final document as submitted to SACS COC) - the official reaffirmation of accreditation on 12/11/12
- U Research QEP Impact Report