QEP Summary

Emory’s QEP Topic is “The Nature of Evidence.” We will enhance learning about evidence – something that is already a strong point for us – in a way that will help students understand how foundational and important evidence is in their college education.

We are focusing our efforts on the first year student experience, in order to lay the groundwork for subsequent encounters with evidence. We aim to show how evidence unifies Emory’s educational mission across schools, disciplines, and degrees by promoting the QEP Learning Outcomes (see below).

QEP Learning Outcomes

As a result of “The Nature of Evidence” initiative, students will be able to -

  1. Distinguish uses of evidence in and/or between disciplines
  2. Access, locate, identify, and analyze evidence.
  3. Evaluate evidence.
  4. Build arguments based on evidence and assess the arguments of others.

What is Evidence, and Why is it Important?

“Evidence” is a complex and frequently debated term in academia. To provide a common starting point for our faculty and students, the QEP has developed a working definition of evidence - Click here for the QEP working definition of “evidence.”

The theme "The Nature of Evidence" was chosen by the Emory community because evidence is already an integral part of everything we do. Engaging with evidence creates a solid foundation for many ways that students interact with the world Click here to learn more about why evidence is important in college and beyond.

QEP Components

Introductory Component: Evidence at Emory Videos

Discussions of evidence are embedded in the summer online orientation program through introductory videos featuring Emory faculty discussing issues of evidence as they would for their classes.

Explore our video gallery to watch these innovative videos about Evidence at Emory in African-American Studies, Art History, Physics, and Psychology.



Classroom Component: Evidence-Focused First-Year Seminars

Designated evidence-focused first-year seminars foreground issues of evidence and provide an intellectual space for faculty and students to explore evidence in and between disciplines.

While a comprehensive understanding of evidence takes a lifetime to develop, these courses provide students with a solid foundation from which they can spring into further study, research, or their chosen career.

Click here to learn more about Evidence-Focused First-Year Seminars



Co-curricular Component:

Evidence Week:

All first-year students will hear from Emory faculty showcases from different disciplines who will illustrate how issues of evidence shape disciplines and knowledge in general.

Click here to learn more about Evidence Week.

Dooley Debates:

A speech, research, and debate competition designed to help first-year students learn about evidence through participating in a structured debate and learning to research a specific topic (which changes from year to year). Students can form teams and compete to earn prizes for themselves and their residence hall.

Click here to learn more about the Dooley Debates.

QEP Organizational Structure

“The Nature of Evidence,” while focusing on the first-year experience, is a university wide initiative. As such, both the development and the ongoing implementation have involved collaboration among schools, disciplines, and departments. This collaboration will ensure that the QEP will serve our students in the most productive and sustainable ways possible.

Click here to learn more about the QEP Staff and Committee Structure.