March 3, 2024

An Introduction to the QEP: Life After Mary Washington

Life After UMWDear Colleagues,

We wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for your engagement and support of the Life After Mary Washington: Preparing Students for Life and Career Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Your contributions have been instrumental in shaping the direction and focus of this initiative, which aims to extend student success beyond the 4-year, on-campus experience.

The QEP is designed to further support our General Education requirement of After Mary Washington by weaving the concept of career readiness and preparation into the fabric and culture of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) experience. The goal is to take the best of what we do as a campus community and prepare our students for their future by combining all university activities into one effort with a common language and a community-wide focus.

The QEP will target 10 competencies based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Career Ready Competencies, and aligned with UMW’s ASPIRE values (Accountability, Scholarship, Personal and Institutional Integrity, Inclusive Excellence, Respect and Civility, and Engagement). The focus on promoting values of service and community and civic engagement, immersing our students in impactful learning experiences, and creating a diverse and inclusive community is crucial in preparing our students for their future.

We are grateful for the time and effort that you have put into this initiative. Your dedication to the success of our students and the University of Mary Washington is truly appreciated.

A short primer on the QEP is attached for your review.  In the next few weeks, you will receive more communication introducing the 10 competencies and how to put them into action. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Your QEP Co-chairs

Kimberly Young, Associate Provost for Career and Workforce
Jennifer Walker, Associate Professor of Special Education | Program Director of Special Education