Quality Enhancement Plan
Critical skills for the 21st century
Developed for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
FIU’s 2021 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Critical Skills for the 21st Century, aims to enhance students’ preparation for the 21stcentury workforce by certifying students’ attainment of knowledge, skills, abilities, and values related to artificial intelligence, data, and emotional intelligence. The QEP seeks to close the gap between students’ career readiness and employers’ expectations in these areas.
This QEP—and the FIU Next Horizon 2025 strategic plan from which it emerged—seeks to respond to the rapid changes occurring in higher education and in the workplace. The Critical Skills for the 21st Century initiative supports FIU’s strategic priority to amplify learner success, specifically the goal of aligning curriculum with career needs to ensure employment readiness, post-graduation success, and workforce and industry advancement.
To achieve this goal, the QEP establishes three micro-credentials that focus on critical skills needed for the 21st century workforce: