From the beginning, UNT's QEP website detailed ways that the university community could get involved in the conversation about the plan.
The QEP Leadership Team also began to immediately connect with individuals and groups across campus. Following discussions across campus and a call for submissions in November 2013, the QEP Leadership Team received 300 responses from students, faculty and staff regarding what they would like to see as UNT's QEP. Team members sorted those into topic clusters.
Most of the responses were clustered around the following topics:
These topics were also identified:
In early spring 2014, the QEP Leadership Team again visited with student, faculty and staff groups to engage in discussions about these topic clusters to see which most interested the university community. A call for short proposal submissions was also made, with the team noting that the proposals must meet the criteria for a Quality Enhancement Plan, including:
To help with the demonstration of an institutional need, derived from data, the QEP Leadership Team posted a Tool and Resources page with information (which can be seen at the bottom of this page) on Research and Information to help find appropriate data.
More than 40 short proposals were submitted. The QEP Leadership Team noticed that many of the 38 proposals that met the criteria for a university-wide QEP were similar. The team held a meeting to introduce the proposal writers to each other and allow them to work together if they so chose. Following that meeting, the QEP Leadership Team made a call for long proposals.
Five long proposals were submitted to the QEP Leadership Team by May 2014. Of these five, only four met the criteria for a Quality Enhancement Plan.
The full plans can be accessed by those who have a UNT EUID and password by clicking here.
The committees that developed these plans involved students, faculty and staff, who met throughout summer 2014 to outline, write and refine their proposals. Synopses of each of the four long proposals were also put on the QEP Tools and Resources page.
Each of the four groups also had students, faculty and staff participate in a video, which was created to help the UNT community understand their proposals. This video was shown at student, faculty and staff meetings, sent out on social media by the university and was prominently displayed on the homepage of the QEP's website.
To further ensure that the UNT community learned about the four proposals, each group participated in four presentations in September 2014. The final proposals were:
At these presentations, which saw several hundred audience members, students, faculty and staff were asked to rank the proposals using the following criteria:
Following the QEP Leadership Team's compilation of that feedback, as well as feedback from meetings with student, faculty and staff groups, President Neal Smatresk announced on Nov. 3, 2014, to the UNT community that UNT Career Connect was chosen as the university's QEP. The plan was previously called Soar Beyond the Classroom, but in working with more than 15 student focus groups as well as faculty and staff groups UNT Career Connect was chosen as the best representation of the ideas, concepts and practices of the QEP.