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QEP Survey Portal

Welcome to the portal for the QEP Survey!

As part of the SACS reaffirmation process, the University of Houston (UH) must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the goal of which is to improve student learning. UH has selected undergraduate research as the focus of its multi-year QEP plan.

As part of the planning process, the QEP Planning Committee is seeking input from the university community. Please share with us your ideas for how research activities can be incorporated into the undergraduate experience at UH.

Please submit your ideas prior to November 5, 2007 so that they may receive full consideration. Actual implementation of the university’s QEP plan will occur upon completion of the SACS reaffirmation process.  

Thank you for taking time to provide your input on this campus-wide initiative. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Veronique Tran at  

To review background information prior to submitting an idea, please view the information provided below:

To submit a new idea or activity, please visit the online survey site:

Research Definition/Goals/Outcomes     Go to Top

Definition of Research

Research is a diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover facts or principles, and increase the sum of knowledge, enhance design or enrich artistic ability.

Preliminary Goals

  1. Undergraduate research should be a signature program for UH, one that makes the university more attractive to potential students with records of strong academic achievement.
  2. All undergraduate students at UH will participate in some level of research activity by the time they receive their bachelor’s degrees.
  3. By the time they graduate, all UH students will have a fundamental understanding of research and its importance to society.
  4. Through their participation in a research activity, UH students will learn how to lead and/or participate in a group project.
  5. Where possible, the research opportunities UH provides to students should be interdisciplinary in nature.

Preliminary Outcome Measures

  1. Students will have a fundamental understanding of research ethics.
  2. Students will be able to formulate a research question or problem.
  3. Students will be able to identify basic principles and knowledge related to their research question or problem.
  4. Students will be able to develop a research plan to address or resolve a specific question or problem.
  5. Students will be able to collect and interpret data and information in an attempt to resolve the question or problem.
  6. Students will be able to articulate their research findings through written and oral presentations.

Research Activity Levels      Go to Top

At the core level, basic research activities would be incorporated into courses in the core curriculum.  Doing so would provide students with a fundamental understanding of and appreciation for the research process. 

At the intermediate level, research projects could be incorporated into courses in the major (perhaps with the designation “research intensive”), the culmination of which could be the submission of a research paper or delivery of an oral presentation.  Participation in a research intensive course could be optional or a requirement for graduation, depending on degree requirements.

Activities at the advanced level could include faculty-mentored research projects, capstone courses, senior honors theses, etc.  These experiences would be optional and perhaps competitive, with recognition of the accomplishment on the student’s transcript.

Co-curricular initiatives complement curriculum-based training and may include programs such as research days, speaker series, seminars, internships, service learning, etc. that would enhance student interest in and appreciation for research and scholarship.

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