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Using the Degree Qualifications Profile to Foster Meaningful Change

June 2016

The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) frames degree-level learning outcomes at three levels: associate, baccalaureate, and master’s. The outcomes are action-verb driven, integrated, scaffolded, and developmental in nature. They align with student demonstrations of knowledge and skills through the form of assignments embedded throughout the curriculum. Moreover, the DQP implies the creation of intentional and coherent learning experiences with learning happening in various venues, not just the traditional curriculum. The document applies to all students, regardless of field of study and institution type. As a framework that explicitly articulates degree-level outcomes, the DQP provides a common language for institution-wide discussions about student learning. Thus, the DQP can serve as a catalyst for comprehensive reform with the student at the center—initiating changes in curriculum and pedagogy, as well as organization and support structures.

Examples from the field indicates that effectively using the DQP can benefit both students and institutions (Jankowski & Giffin, 2016). But what does “effective use” entail and how does it unfold? That is, what is the nature of the process that makes it possible for institutions to use the DQP to achieve desired ends? In a post-convening survey of participants following the October 2014 launch of the revised DQP, 91% of participants agreed or strongly agreed with Lumina’s call for widespread implementation of DQP, but only 5%
agreed that they understood the next steps in order to implement it. With this in mind, NILOA has been tracking campus engagement with the DQP, identifying approaches that institutions have used to implement the framework in meaningful ways. In this report, we describe those approaches and how they have been used within and across institutions.

Using the Degree Qualifications Profile to Foster Meaningful Change

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Please cite as: Jankowski, N.A., & Giffin, L. (2016, June). Using the Degree Qualifications Profile to foster meaningful change. Urbana, IL: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

 

For more information on the DQP, visit the DQP website: http://degreeprofile.org/.