Quality Enhancement Plan

Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime: A Quality Enhancement Plan [PDF]
Aggies Commit: Executive Summary  [PDF]
Quick Reference Sheet for TAMU QEP (2012) [PDF]

As defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning” and “should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing integrated institution-wide planning”.  The QEP must be "forward looking" and "launches a process that can move the institution into the future characterized by creative, engaging, and meaningful learning experiences for students."  The QEP is a key component of the reaffirmation process.

Characteristics of QEP
  • Must focus on student learning (changes in knowledge, skills, behaviors, or values)
  • Must enhance student success
  • Must include broad-based participation in the identification of the topic or issue to be addressed in the QEP
  • Must include careful review of best practices
  • Must include clear goals
  • Must specify realistic, measurable student learning outcomes
  • Must include allocation of adequate human and financial resources to develop, implement, and sustain
  • Must include implementation strategies that include a clear timeline and assignment of responsibilities
  • Must include a structure established for evaluating the extent to which the goals set for the plan are attained

What the QEP should be:
  • Part of ongoing planning and evaluation
  • Linked to effectiveness, quality, mission
  • Focused on well-defined issue(s)
  • Thorough and analytical
  • Engages the wider academic community
  • Action plan to improve student learning

What the QEP should not be:
View the PowerPoint presentation given by the QEP committee to the Faculty Senate on December 12, 2011.
 

List of Current Members

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) submitted as part of our reaffirmation bid that Texas A&M University form a standing university-level QEP Advisory Committee.  Its membership includes QEP Administrators named by each college or branch campus, representation from other important academic support offices, and members of the faculty, staff, and student body.  The QEP Advisory Committee is charged with advising the provost’s office on matters related to our 10-year QEP, “Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime.”

2012 QEP Committee and Its Charge
The QEP committee was charged to develop the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for SACS accreditation.  The topic of the QEP will be centered on some aspect(s) of Aggies Commit which is based on the Aggie Core Values, our Teaching and Learning Roadmap of the Academic Master Plan, Action 2015: Education First, and nationally recognized student learning outcomes and high-impact educational practices. 

What is QEP?
An institutional Quality Enhancement Plan focused on improving student learning.

The QEP is a required component of our decennial application for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (familiarly known as SACS).  Without a meaningful, carefully designed QEP, our reaccreditation would be in jeopardy. sacscoc.org

According to SACS guidelines, the QEP “describes a course of action for enhancing educational quality.  Core Requirement 2.12 requires that an institution develop an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan that focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning.”

The QEP should be part of the institutional culture of ongoing planning and evaluation. Our full QEP report is submitted to SACS six weeks prior to our on-site peer review team’s visit (April 2-5, 2012).

What role does the faculty play in the QEP?
Faculty are responsible for the most significant part of the QEP: enhancing the quality
of the education of our students.

SACS guidelines state that the QEP should have “significant participation by the institution’s academic community.” Faculty and student interaction is at the heart of the educational process, which means that faculty and their students play the most significant role in our QEP.

What is Texas A&M’s QEP for 2012-2022?
“Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime”

A representative QEP Committee, drawing on the Academic Master Plan’s Teaching and Learning Roadmap (2008) and updated feedback from a campus-wide survey, has developed our QEP, “Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime.” The QEP asks students to commit to engage intentionally in highimpact educational practices that prepare them for learning throughout their lives and to reflect on the integration of knowledge across their educational experiences. The QEP asks our institution to create the campus culture that provides the opportunities and support for our students’ commitment.

How can faculty help with the QEP?
By informing themselves about our QEP and by supporting students in their
commitment to high-impact learning for a lifetime of success. It is well-documented that one of the most important factors in student educational success is students’ meaningful interactions with faculty members, especially one-on-one or in small groups. Faculty can
encourage students’ participation in QEP in a variety of ways: by being an advocate of our QEP; by building high-impact experiences into their classroom environments; by supporting students’ commitments; and by participating in efforts to create a campus culture supportive of our QEP.