Office of Creative Inquiry / QEP
EDGE: Enhanced Discovery through Guided Exploration is Tennessee Tech’s five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is part of the Tennessee Tech Strategic Plan and a component of the SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process. The overarching goal of EDGE is to enhance student learning by infusing creative inquiry throughout the undergraduate experience.
Our unique definition of “creative inquiry” is derived from AAC&U VALUE rubrics as:
The process of exploring issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence including combining or synthesizing existing ideas, products, or expertise in original ways to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.
EDGE is an integrated curricular and co-curricular plan that encourages Tech undergraduates to develop the skills to formulate creative inquiry questions or problems, decide on proper approaches to address them, explore relevant evidence, and produce and present their findings or creations. We anticipate that active engagement in creative inquiry will improve our students’ creative and critical-thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills.VIEW EDGE QEP REPORT (PDF)