Lumina launches re-vamped Degree Qualifications Profile framework

October 9, 2014

The Lumina Foundation yesterday unveiled a revamped version of its Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) initiative, a framework intended to define, at a national level, the skills and knowledge required by students before earning an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. The DQP seeks to establish “consensus on a public definition of quality in US higher education” in the hopes of expanding “the capacity of postsecondary education to ensure that students achieve the levels of learning they require and deserve.” The initial effort to implement the DQP on a large scale was stymied by a number of factors, including a lack of faculty support and skepticism toward standardization. The refreshed version, described as an “enhancement” by Lumina officials, includes a small number of major changes, such as focus on quantitative reasoning and the incorporation of ethical reasoning and global reasoning proficiencies. Some critics of the original plan said that they were encouraged by the new initiative’s inclusion of faculty views, but remain wary of the DQP’s perceived push for homogenization and its failure to address underfunding as a factor in education quality. Inside Higher Ed