Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) is a multidisciplinary, hands-on program for University of Maryland undergraduates from three participating schools. Students participate in a challenging course of study that focuses on quality management, process improvement, and system design through teamwork and co-curricular programming. The program combines diverse knowledge, skills, and perspectives to enhance the professional and personal development of our students.
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QUEST students represent majors within three colleges of the University, including:
- The Robert H. Smith School of Business
- The A. James Clark School of Engineering
- The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Unique from most undergraduate programs, QUEST students share and develop both their business and technology acumen while increasing their understanding of how the two industries are interdependent in the professional field.
Collaboration & Team Work
In each QUEST course, students work in cross-functional teams on a semester long project.
The team-based and multidisciplinary format of the curriculum provides students with experience in navigating team dynamics, working with individuals of diverse skill sets and talents, and collaborating on ideas and tactical strategies.
Community of Learning
QUEST is a community of learning – all members contribute to and benefit from the interactions and lessons learned. The community includes students, faculty and staff, alumni, professional partners and University colleagues. This dynamic combination provides a broad field of shared learning experiences, networks, sponsorship and project opportunities, and a unique program structure.
Both inside and outside of the classroom, QUEST projects and co-curricular programs are focused on real-time innovations, organizational challenges and/or issues facing undergraduates, organizations and society today. Students learn and apply total quality tools and Systems Thinking principles, engage in customer-driven initiatives, and develop innovations throughout the program. In the capstone course, student teams consult on a real-time organizational challenge for a real-world client.