What is QUEST?
Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) is a multidisciplinary,
reality- centered program for University of Maryland undergraduates from
three participating schools. Students participate in a challenging course of
study that focuses on innovation, quality systems management and teamwork
and co-curricular programming aimed at bringing diverse knowledge, skill and
perspective to enhance their professional and personal development.
Collaboration & Team Work
In each QUEST course, students work in cross-functional teams on a semester long
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 inspires an environment for 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.
QUEST students represent majors within three colleges of the University, including:
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.
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 principles, Systems Thinking principles, engage in customer-driven
initiatives and develop innovations while in the program. As seniors, student teams
consult on a real-time organizational challenge for a real-world client.