QEP: Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
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.
Current QEP Committee and Its Charge
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 which is based on the , our of the , and nationally recognized student learning outcomes and high-impact educational practices. ,
Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty
Q: What is QEP?
A: 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). (See http://www.sacscoc.org/ for more information.) Without a meaningful, carefully designed QEP, our reaccreditation would be in jeopardy.
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).